Placerville, CA 95667
- 3.4 miles
- 1.5 - 2.5 hours
- Trailhead Elevation:
- 6980 feet
- Elevation Range:
- 6980 feet to 8000 feet
- Elevation Change:
- 1020 feet
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Map + Directions
Park at the Twin Lakes Trailhead parking area. Go through the gate and turn right on the trail before the Chappell Crossing Bridge. Obtain a day use permit at the trail sign if hiking into Desolation Wilderness . Follow signs around south east side of the Wrights meadow area. This is an easy section of the trial with a five to ten percent grade. The wildflowers are beautiful in the early summer. Turn right (east) at the junction of Wrights Lake Loop trail (16E17) and continue east. The grade increases quickly to twenty-five to forty percent. Follow the trail approximately one mile from the loop trail junction to the wilderness boundary. A Desolation Wilderness permit is required beyond this point.