Wilderness Volunteers: 2017 Desolation Wilderness, Eldorado National Forest (California)
John Muir referred to the Sierra Nevada as "the most beautiful of all the mountain chains" or, more poetically, "the range of light." The Desolation Wilderness, located southwest of Lake Tahoe, above Emerald Bay contains 63,960 acres of subalpine and alpine forest, bald granite peaks, dramatic cliffs and glacially-formed valleys and more than 100 lakes. The Desolation Wilderness takes its name from the barren, rocky basins and gnarly old-growth conifers that characterize its heights. Many visitors comment that the name is entirely inappropriate for an area with such rich diversity of scenery, topography and natural beauty.
The Wilderness Volunteers service project was trail work and campsite restoration by removing illegal campsites and fire rings. The work also included building a turnpike through a seasonal stream/wet meadow crossing between Lake Doris and Lake Lois, as well as clearing down trees from the McConnell Loop. Our base camp was at Lake Lois, elevation 8,320 ft. On our free day, we explored the area’s trails.
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2017 Desolation Wilderness Service Trip