Half Moon Lake Trail 17E31

Desolation Wilderness, California

Elevation Gain795ft
Trailhead Elevation7,918ft
Elevation Min/Max7918/8182ft
Elevation Start/End7918/7918ft

Half Moon Lake Trail 17E31

Half Moon Lake Trail (17E31) is a hiking and horse trail in El Dorado County, California. It is within Desolation Wilderness. It is 1.9 miles long and begins at 7,918 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 795 feet. This trail connects with the following: Pacific Crest Trail (TRT) and Glen Alpine Trail (17E06).

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Five-Star Trails: Lake Tahoe: 40 Unforgettable Hikes in the Central Sierra Nevada (Menasha Ridge Press)
Jordan Summers
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"The trail follows Glen Alpine Creek past its namesake spring and resort before making a brief ascent to its source at Gilmore Lake via the Paci?c Crest Trail (PCT). The cirque surrounding circular Gilmore certainly is impressive and picturesque, but the crowds that stop here on weekends can be avoided by descending to a massive, deep cirque cradling tiny Alta Morris and aptly named Half Moon Lakes. There, campsites and solitude are generous o?erings." Read more
100 Classic Hikes in Northern California (The Mountaineers Books)
John R. Soares & Marc J. Soares
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"The huge glacial cirque that holds Half Moon and Alta Morris Lakes rates among the most gorgeous areas in the northern Sierra. Swim, sun, and admire steep peaks and high ridges. You must obtain a permit for this hike. Call Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit for more information." Read more

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Trail Information

Desolation Wilderness
Nearby City
Desolation Wilderness
US Forest Service, Taylor Creek Visitor Center, 530-543-2674, tinyurl.com/taylorcreekvisitorcenter
Local Contacts
Desolation Wilderness (Wilderness Press)
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Dec 2018