Deadman Lake

South Lake Tahoe, California 96158

Deadman Lake

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Emigrant wilderness receives only the smallest fraction of the hordes that descend upon neighboring Yosemite National Park. Blue Canyon lies in a most remote corner of the wilderness. Solitude, anyone?"

Deadman Lake Trip Reports

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Half Dome Trail review
This trail is everything we thought it would be. Out to the trail at the crack of dawn. Saw 8 bucks having breakfast on our way to the traihead. The trail is an easy to moderate trail with a few steep hills and switchbacks until about the last mile or so. Then you encounter granite steps that you have to muscle your way up for quite awhile. Then there's a short rest area and then you have to conquer "the cables". This is the final stretch to the top where you pull yourself up the last bit of the peak using cables and steps built into the side of the mountain. Sounds harder than it really is. There were people up at the top ages 5-85 years old. Lots of fun. A long trail and a great sense of accomplishment. Make sure to leave early enough that you can spend some time on the top and still make it back down by dark. It took us about 11 hours and we spent 2 of that on the top resting, eating, napping, and enjoying the view. The amazing view. Scratch it off the list. It's completely worth it.


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Trail Information

South Lake Tahoe
Nearby City
1,700 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
3-5 hours
Emigrant Wilderness
Local Contacts
A Guide to the Emigrant Wilderness by the US Forest Service, USGS 7.5-min. Sonora Pass
Local Maps

Trail Log