Velma Lakes

Camp Richardson, California

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Uphill. And uphill. And . . . A long, stair-step climb into the Desolation Wilderness leads to the sparsely wooded alpine basin that holds the lovely Velma Lakes. Views on both the ascent and the descent are spectacular.

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"Uphill. And uphill. And . . . A long, stair-step climb into the Desolation Wilderness leads to the sparsely wooded alpine basin that holds the lovely Velma Lakes. Views on both the ascent and the descent are spectacular."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Camp Richardson
Distance: 9
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 5–6 hours
Season: Summer and fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Maps: USGS Emerald Bay CA and Rockbound Valley CA

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