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Desolation Wilderness • July 20–24


Our second adventure of the summer will take us to the Lake Tahoe region, and the Desolation Wilderness on its western edge. We will enjoy a five-day, four-night backpacking trip deep into the backcountry, and while there, climb both Dick’s (9974 feet) and Jack’s (9856 feet) Peaks in the center of the wilderness. See map.

Join us? Check out the itinerary below. Registration is now open!



  • Day one will have us leaving from the Echo Lake trailhead at the southern end of Lake Tahoe, for an easy seven-mile hike into the Lake Aloha basin and Heather Lake, where we will set up camp for two nights.

  • Day two we will leave our large packs, and climb up and over both Dick’s and Jack’s and return to camp – a day filled with 11 miles of climbing and rock hopping with about 2000 feet of gain giving us stunning views all over the Lake Tahoe Basin. For those not into peakbagging, a day of backwoods relaxation.

  • Days three and four will take us on a loop through the deep part of the wilderness, to the Velma Lakes and through Rockbound Valley, ultimately returning to Echo Lake, and a water taxi back to our trailhead. The entire backpacking trip will be in the neighborhood of 35-40 miles of rugged beauty.

Permit restricted to 12 people.

Each hiker is required to raise a minimum of $1,500 in sponsorships by July 16th to participate. We climb to fundraise for the Trailmixer OUTdoor Access Fund. 100% of the TOAF money will be converted into scholarships to low-income LGBTQ+ youth so they participate in leadership programs, outdoor activities, and environmental teachings provided by our amazing partners. Within the next few days, we will send you an email with instructions to start your personal fundraiser page.  

More details will be added to this page in the upcoming weeks. 

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