This is a slightly strenuous, 6 mile+ hike into Desolation Wilderness with an elevation gain of about 1300 feet. I plan to hike at a moderate pace. Please be in good shape if you sign up for the hike. The Wrights lake trail head is about 6,900 ft and Island Lake is about 8,200. We will cross a small stream and pass Twin lakes on the way up, before stopping at Island Lake. From our destination at Island Lakes we will be at the bottom of a beautiful almost, 2000 foot high bowl perched under Mount Price.
We will begin at the trail on the Twin Lakes trailhead at Wrights Lake. (If parking is not available there we will have to go back to the parking area just south of Wrights Lake, which will increase the length of the hike by another 1 mile or so each way.) Since it can be windy, or an afternoon rain storm may occur, a windbreaker/light rain coat and light synthetic long sleeve shirt/jacket is advised even when weather is warm in Sacramento. No cotton.
The limit in Desolation is 12 people, and we will be observing that limit. NO SHOWS and LAST MINUTE CANCELLATIONS are FROWNED upon. I also strongly encourage following “Leave No Trace” principles.
Since parking is limited at the trailhead it is best to carpool in a minimum of cars. Please reimburse drivers ~$4/hour driving.
SUGGESTED ITEMS TO BRING: 2 liters water, (I will have a water filter and map), a light synthetic long sleeve shirt/jacket (cotton is not recommended), light rain shell in case of thunderstorms, sturdy hiking boots or shoes, pain meds and/or first aid, sunhat, sunscreen, lunch, whistle, LED flashlight, hiking poles, camera, and mosquito repellent.
From Folsom Park and Ride, drive east 59 miles on Hwy 50 and make a left turn on Wright's Lake Rd. (Note The turnoff to Wrights lake is a few miles past Silver Fork). When you reach Wright's Lake, turn right at the Campground Visitor Information Center/kiosk and continue around the lake to the Twin lakes trailhead. Parking is Limited at the Twin lakes trailhead. If no parking available at the Twin lakes trailhead, or it is not open, you will need to reverse directions and park in the large parking lot just before the kiosk south of Wrights Lake.
Starting at Folsom Blvd & Iron Point Rd, Folsom, CA 95630
1. Head southwest on Folsom Blvd 0.5 mi
2. Merge onto US-50 E/U.S. Route 50 in California via the ramp to S Lake Tahoe 59.5 mi
3. Turn left onto Wrights Lake Rd and proceed to Wrights lake about 6 mi
4. Turn right at the Wrights Lake Visitor Information Center/Kiosk, cross a small bridge then proceed about 2 mi to the Twin Lakes Trailhead at the southeast end of Wrights Lake.