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|| Zone Map
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Desolation Wilderness Area Trailheads
You will find a list below of destinations by trailhead. The charts include the distance one way to the destination, the difficulty rating for that section of the trail, and the zone you will be in when you reach that destination.
WEST SIDE TRAILHEADS (Eldorado National Forest):
EAST SIDE TRAILHEADS (Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit):
MORE ABOUT DESOLATION WILDERNESS
|| Desolation Critters ─ Desolation Wilderness provides visitors with the opportunity to witness a diverse population of wildlife.
|| Desolation Geology ─ The granitic mountains of the Desolation are part of the massive Sierra batholith, the combined masses of granitic rock that have been uplifted by tectonic action to form the 400 mile long Sierra Nevada range.
|| Desolation History ─ The area now known as Desolation Wilderness has a long history of use by both Native Americans and European settlers.
|| Desolation Plant Life ─ As much of the ground surface in Desolation is bedrock granite, soils are limited. Plant life, however, has adapted and the flora is diverse.