Desolation Wilderness in California

California, specifically the Lake Tahoe area, is home to some of the most beautiful scenery the nation has to offer. If you’re looking for a gorgeous destination to visit while in this region, check out the Desolation Wilderness.

With a name like “Desolation Wilderness”, you would think this federally protected wilderness reserve wouldn’t have much to offer – but you would be mistaken. Just southwest of Lake Tahoe, this 63,960-acre reserve is chock full of opportunities for activities you and your family are sure to enjoy.

A hike through the Desolation Wilderness could be a nice change of pace after spending a day on the water with your Lake Tahoe boat rental from H2O Craft Rentals. The reserve’s vast alpine forest is the perfect backdrop for outdoor adventure. Backpackers and hikers love the Desolation Wilderness for its entrancing peaks, valleys, and waterfalls – and you will, too.

Mt. Tallac is the area’s highest peak. The 9.5-mile hike up Mt. Tallac is an all-day event that passes through verdant forests and vistas, and by hidden alpine lakes. The trailhead is located at the south end of Lake Tahoe, near Emerald Bay.

One of the best parts of visiting the Desolation Wilderness is that you can get a day pass to visit the area for free. After you’ve obtained a day pass, the wilderness is yours to explore. You’ll have the chance to hike high above the shores of Fallen Leaf Lake before entering the boundaries of Desolation Wilderness. After you’ve made your way into the wilderness reserve, you’ll encounter two more lovely alpine bodies of water: Cathedral Lake and Floating Island Lake. This long trip may not be everyone’s idea of a leisurely stroll, but the view from Mt. Tallac is more than worth the lengthy hike.

After a long hike like the one up Mt. Tallac, you’re going to need some more time to relax. Getting your hands on a Jet Ski rental from H2O Craft Rentals is all it takes to let the stresses of a long trek melt away. Contact us today at (209) 833-6893 and let us help get you started on your next aquatic adventure.

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