Barker Meadow Professional Reviews and Guides
"Above the west shore of Lake Tahoe is a wedge of land between Granite Chief Wilderness to the north and Desolation Wilderness to the south that is primarily the domain of off-highway vehicles. This trip uses a section of the Pacific Crest and Tahoe Rim trails to pass through this region on a nonmotorized, mostly forested romp between Barker Pass and forest- rimmed Richardson Lake. Several flower-lined streams and small meadows provide diversions along the way."
--Mike White, Afoot & Afield: Tahoe-Reno: 201 Spectacular Outings in the Lake Tahoe Region (Wilderness Press).
"Incredible scenery and gentle, varied terrain make this out-and-back journey a halfday delight. The hike follows the well-worn Pacific Crest Trail most of the way. A short side trip on the Tahoe Rim Trail to Twin Peaks is a bonus for the adventurous peak bagger, and a brief talus scramble to the top provides an unforgettable bird’s-eye view of Lake Tahoe."
--Wendy Lautner, Day & Section Hikes Pacific Crest Trail: Northern California (Wilderness Press).
"Immerse yourself in the Desolation Wilderness, or at least in one of the eight mountain lakes that you visit on this three-day adventure. You will tread on both the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) and the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), as they follow the same track on this hike. The first day is the longest, yet is still a moderate hike of 15 miles and about 1,000 up-and-down feet, to placid Middle Velma Lake. Day two starts with a brief climb to Fontanillis and Dicks lakes and then begins a switchbacking climb to cross Dicks Pass. One word: vistas. Descend and pass more liquid gems, dazzlingly bright in the light reflected from the surrounding granite. Camp near Lake Aloha and enjoy an easy day’s hike along Aloha, passing three more lakes on your way downhill to Echo Lakes."
--Jordan Summers, Five-Star Trails: Lake Tahoe: 40 Unforgettable Hikes in the Central Sierra Nevada (Menasha Ridge Press).
"Velma Lakes are popular on summer weekends because they are close to Eagle Falls and the trail from Eagle Lake, but if you have a chance to arrive midweek, you may have the waters to yourself. The trail is a long roller coaster through forest and rock with plenty of streams, springs, lakes, and meadows decorated with wildflowers. You will be hiking and camping overnight in the Desolation Wilderness, so you’ll need a permit, available at the U.S. Forest Service Taylor Creek Visitor Center. Navigation is easy on this southbound trek, as you never leave the Pacific Crest Trail and there are relatively few distracting junctions."
"This section has beautiful ridgeline views of lake tahoe, Granite chief Wilderness, both blackwood and Ward Canyons, and lush areas loaded with wildflowers in both can- yons. Twin Peaks (8878 feet), a Sierra Crest landmark, is acces- sible from the trail. in addition, there are numerous small stream crossings and several good camping spots. a lovely little waterfall cascades near one part of the trail in upper Ward canyon. There is a pretty series of meadows known as Page Meadows. A dense forest area with huge pines and firs grows in the Ward creek wa- tershed. Wildlife is abundant and includes bear, coyote, raccoon, blue grouse, and perhaps goshawk and spotted owls."
--Tim Hauserman, The Tahoe Rim Trail: A Complete Guide for Hikers, Mountain Bikers, and Equestrians (Wilderness Press).
"This hike follows the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) until they diverge near your destination. It has its ups and downs, literally. For about the first 1.5 miles from the trailhead, gain 600 feet, then lose 475 feet of it over an equivalent distance, only to repeat the first process with another zigzagging 750-foot climb over about 2.3 miles to approach the summit. Then another 200 feet of vertical travel over 500 feet will hoist you to the summit, where the views all around are incredible."
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