Hike to Lake Genevieve and Crag Lake in Desolation Wilderness

9.9 Miles Round Trip - 1300 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Meeks Bay Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by Trish Sebastian

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...

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Dog Friendly
Forest
Lake
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers

Details

9.9 Miles
1300 ft elevation gain
Out-and-Back Trail

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Gorgeous

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