Twin Bridges to the Desolation Valley Basin Backpacking

Placerville, California

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This hike is an understandably popular one, for it provides the quickest route to the Desolation Valley lakes. Whereas only four lakes are mentioned in the above mileages, more exist in this vicinity; eight of them are named, the largest being Lake Aloha, with a greater acreage than all others combined. Those willing to go briefly cross-country with map in hand can find isolation even on a busy summer weekend. Should you go all the way to Lake Aloha by a cross-country route, you’ll add at least 4 miles of hiking, round trip. However, it is quite easy, and searching for hidden lakes, lakelets, and campsites is very rewarding.
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Backpacking California: Mountain, Foothill, Coastal, & Desert Adventures in the Golden State

by Author varies by trail (Wilderness Press)

This hike is an understandably popular one, for it provides the quickest route to the Desolation Valley lakes. Whereas only four lakes are mentioned in the above mileages, more exist in this vicinity; eight of them are named, the largest being Lake Aloha, with a greater acreage than all others combined. Those willing to go briefly cross-country with map in hand can find isolation even on a busy summer weekend. Should you go all the way to Lake Aloha by a cross-country route, you’ll add at least 4 miles of hiking, round trip. However, it is quite easy, and searching for hidden lakes, lakelets, and campsites is very rewarding.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Placerville
Distance: 7
Elevation Gain: 2,040 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 2 days
Season: Best late July through early September
Local Contacts: Eldorado National Forest - permit required
Local Maps: USGS 7.5-min Echo Lake, Pyramid Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Twin Bridges to the Desolation Valley Basin (Backpacking)

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