Tahoe-Yosemite Trail

Desolation Wilderness, California

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Tahoe-Yosemite Trail is a hiking and horse trail in El Dorado County, California. It is within Desolation Wilderness. It is 5.9 miles long and begins at 8,094 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 11.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,869 feet. Along the trail there are meadows and a water.
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Tahoe-Yosemite Trail is a hiking and horse trail in El Dorado County, California. It is within Desolation Wilderness. It is 5.9 miles long and begins at 8,094 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 11.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,869 feet. Along the trail there are meadows and a water. This trail connects with the following: Pacific Crest Trail (TRT) and Lake Genevieve And Crag Lake Trail.
Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Desolation Wilderness
Distance: 5.9
Elevation Gain: 2,869 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 8,094 feet
Top Elevation: 8,836 feet
Parks: Desolation Wilderness
Elevation Min/Max: 7540/8836 ft
Elevation Start/End: 8094/8094 ft

Tahoe-Yosemite Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Along the northernmost section of the famed Tahoe–Yosemite Trail (TYT), hikers follow Meeks Creek from its placid terminus at Meeks Bay upstream into Desolation Wilderness, along a raucous course to its headwaters below Phipps Pass. The upper canyon boasts a string of seven picturesque lakes, precious jewels known locally as the Tallant Lakes, offering excellent opportunities for fishing, swimming, camping, or simply relaxing.

Backpackers and equestrians with extra time will find connecting trails providing several options for longer journeys into the heart of the backcountry. Wildflowers are generally at their peak from late July to mid-August, but so are the mosquitoes. September offers mild weather, fewer people, and fewer blood-sucking pests."

Tahoe-Yosemite Trail Reviews

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I highly recommend the Tahoe-Yosemite Trail (Meeks Bay to Tallant Lakes)! It was longer than we novice hikers usually do (almost 17 miles in and out), but it didn’t seem overly difficult – partly because it was so motivating to keep going to see each of the 7 lakes along the way. Phenomenal and varied scenery, and especially beautiful with the autumn colors. We set up camp on the way up, close to the entry to the Desolation Wilderness Area (that way we also didn't need an overnight wilderness camping pass)– left a lot of the heavy gear there, so the hike was light and enjoyable. Made it back just as the sun was going down – and the temperatures were dropping rapidly. A memorable hike.
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