Trip · 3-day backpacking trip
For · Friends and intermediate backpackers
Vibe · Challenging and hard
Distance · 24.2 miles and 4,462 feet of elevation gain
Permits · Yep, select Tamarack as your destination zone for your wilderness permit and apply for a CA Campfire permit online
Drive · 3 hours from SF
Ideal dates · August to October
Pets · Welcome on trails and campgrounds!
Eldorado National Forest (ENF) is 596,700+ acres of granite peaks, alpine lakes, and lush meadows. The forest features Desolation Wilderness (and parts of Mokelumne Wilderness), which is one of the most-visited backcountry destinations in the country! Elevation in the area can range from 1,000 to 10,000+ feet so you can experience a diversity of wild ecosystems.
Check Current Forest Conditions
Official Forest Service Website
Directions To Trailhead
Main image credit: Tessa Morris