Hike to Lake Genevieve and Crag Lake in Desolation Wilderness

Lake Tahoe Meeks Bay Trailhead

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This is a 10-mile roundtrip out-and-back hike that starts at the Meeks Bay Trailhead and goes through Desolation Wilderness to two beautiful alpine lakes, Lake Genevieve and Crag Lake.

This is a beautiful, albeit long hike in the Lake Tahoe area through Desolation Wilderness.  This is a hike best done in the early or mid-summer when the temperatures are moderate and the wildflowers are in bloom.  This also means that the creek that is visible at the start of the hike will be full and gushing.  The hike is mostly in a wooded area with plenty of shade.

The hike is long and is sure to leave you breathless from the ascent the entire 4 or so miles to Lake Genevieve.  Stop at Lake Genevieve to admire the pristine lake, then continue on not even a mile to Crag Lake. Be sure to issue yourself a day-user permit for Desolation Wilderness at the trailhead. For more information on Desolation Wilderness info: http://www.fs.usda.gov/Interne...

Pack List

  • Proper hiking shoes
  • Water, at least 3L
  • Snacks
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray, long sleeve hiking shirt (there's water around so there could be mosquitos present)
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Activities:

Hiking

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

9.9 Miles

Elev. Gain:

1300 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Dog Friendly
Forest
Lake
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers

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9 months ago

Gorgeous

A great day hike for early fall. Water was freezing but beautiful. Loved the scenery.

9 months ago

Added by Trish Sebastian

I like hikes, bikes, snow, and spreadsheets. I can't swim or do cartwheels to save my life.

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