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Desolation Wilderness Backpacking Trip [South Lake Tahoe]

  • Friday, August 14, 2020
  • 12:00 PM
  • Sunday, August 16, 2020
  • 6:00 PM
  • 138 Emerald Bay Rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
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Let's escape from the city and head out into nature for the weekend! While many California parks can be full of visitors, Desolation Wilderness truly lives up to its name, giving visitors the freeing feeling of being out in the wild.

We are camping in the Glen Alpine region which offers easy access to 9 day hikes to various lakes and peaks between 2 and 7 miles. The PCT even runs through here! We will be hiking quite a bit on this trip to see the excellent views and outstanding lakes in the area. Bring your swimsuits! 

The Plan:

Friday: Arrive at Glen Alpine Trailhead and hike to our permitted area (about 3 hours). Set up camp and secure belongings. Have dinner at campsite. Hike to a nearby lake to enjoy the sunset. Hike back to camp under starlight. Enjoy the peaceful evening with stargazing and conversations.

Saturday: Breakfast at camp and either secure belongings or pack up to spend our second night at a new campsite. Hike to Aloha Lake for photos and lunch. Hike to other lakes/peaks/passes. Set up/Return to camp, have dinner, rest and relax with our camp mates. Night hike optional. 

Sunday: Breakfast at camp and pack up. Hike back to Glen Alpine Trailhead. Optional lunch on the way back home. 


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Host: Andy Huang

Registration Price
Premium Members: $99 for 2 nights
Pay Per Event Members: $149 for 2 nights
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We will provide:

  • Camping Permits
  • Carpool arrangement
  • Guided hikes to Aloha Lake and other passes/peaks/lakes
  • Primary Water Filtration. You are welcome to bring additional water filters to carry with you.
  • First Aid Kits
  • Toilet Paper, Cooking Supplies, Cleaning Supplies
  • Primary Lighting Sources. We also recommend you bring your own personal lighting source.
  • Insect repellent & Sunscreen
  • Gas for Camping Stoves
  • Trowel - There are NO toilets here
  • Bear proof storage containers 


These are the essentials. For more details on what to bring see this list. If you don't own a sleeping bag, sleeping pad or hiking pack, we encourage you to ask a friend or colleague before buying something new. You can also rent equipment from Sports Basement or REI. 

  • Food. Bring enough for 3 days. Stick to simple meals that require very few ingredients and steps to make. Here's the REI guide for backpacking food. 
  • Water bottle/hydration pack. Bring enough for the hike. There is NO running water at the campsite. 
  • Tent. We help link people who don't have a tent with those that do. You don't need to buy or own your own tent to join this trip! Just let us know at signup.
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Camping Cookware. We only need a certain number of camping pots and pans. If you have one you can bring to help with meals please let us know at signup. You do not need to buy or own your own cookware to join this trip!
  • Camping bowl/plate/cup & utensils
  • Warm Clothes (hat, gloves, thick pants, windbreaker, etc.)
  • Basic toiletries & Prescription Medications
  • Headlamp or Flashlight
  • Backpack
  • Hiking boots/shoes
  • Swimsuit & Camping Towel. This is optional.


  • Campfires are prohibited
  • Pack In. Pack Out. Including your toilet paper!
  • Washing with soap, including biodegradable soap, in a stream, lake or any other water source is prohibited. 
  • This is not suitable for beginners. There are no toilets or running water here. 

Image credit: Edward Virvel on Unsplash

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