Velma, Fontanillis, and Dicks Lakes Backpacking

South Lake Tahoe, California

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The sparkling granite and lake-dotted terrain for which Desolation Wilderness is famous is represented well on this semiloop trip past four cirque-bound lakes below 9974-foot Dicks Peak. Although it makes for a fine weekend backpack, extra layover days give you plenty of time to explore the area or simply to languish along the lakeshore while enjoying the splendid scenery.
Backpacking California: Mountain, Foothill, Coastal, & Desert Adventures in the Golden State

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Backpacking California: Mountain, Foothill, Coastal, & Desert Adventures in the Golden State

by Author varies by trail (Wilderness Press)

The sparkling granite and lake-dotted terrain for which Desolation Wilderness is famous is represented well on this semiloop trip past four cirque-bound lakes below 9974-foot Dicks Peak. Although it makes for a fine weekend backpack, extra layover days give you plenty of time to explore the area or simply to languish along the lakeshore while enjoying the splendid scenery.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: South Lake Tahoe
Distance: 11.5
Elevation Gain: 2,300 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 days
Season: Summer through early fall
Local Contacts: Desolation Wilderness
Local Maps: USGS 7.5-min. Emerald Bay and Rockbound Valley; U.S. Forest Service A Guide to the Desolation Wilderness
Driving Directions: Directions to Velma, Fontanillis, and Dicks Lakes (Backpacking)

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May 2018