Half Moon Lake Trail 17E31

Desolation Wilderness, California

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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.
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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).
Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Desolation Wilderness
Distance: 1.9
Elevation Gain: 795 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 7,918 feet
Top Elevation: 8,182 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Half Moon Lake Trail (17E31)
Parks: Desolation Wilderness
Elevation Min/Max: 7918/8182 ft
Elevation Start/End: 7918/7918 ft

Half Moon Lake Trail (17E31) Professional Reviews and Guides

"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."

"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."

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May 2018