Twin and Island Lakes, 6+ Miles, Slightly Strenuous

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.

Directions
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.

OR
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.

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  • Peggy

    beautiful

    June 21, 2013

  • Joe

    Alright folks, I narrowed it down to 75 of my favorites. This was one stellar trip! Normally I can pick a handful of favorites, but this trip is making that impossible - Wowza!

    http://jjfphoto.com/gallery/regions/northern-california/sierra/sierra-spring-13/island-twin-lakes/

    June 18, 2013

    • Florrie

      Wow. Great pictures. I'm really impressed.

      2 · June 19, 2013

    • Joe

      Thanks You! I uploaded the Marmot picture :) He or she was quite far away

      1 · June 20, 2013

  • diane

    Hope you will post this hike again soon, maybe the 2nd or 3rd Sun. in July or the 1st 2 weekends in Aug?

    1 · June 18, 2013

  • Eng

    Thank you Jimmy for leading the hike. I really enjoyed the beautiful views and wonderful group of people.

    June 17, 2013

  • David V

    A beautiful hike and a great group of hikers. Thanks to Jimmy for organizing and leading.

    June 17, 2013

  • Pam

    Spectacular views and overall just a great hike. Thanks so much, Jimmy! I also really enjoyed spending the day with such a great group of hikers! I hope to see everyone on another hike!

    June 17, 2013

  • Joe

    Over-the-top, outstanding! Thank you Jimmy and thank you all. What a great group of hikers! I'm putting up pics of us hikers now. Check back in a couple of days for more.

    1 · June 17, 2013

  • Sandy

    VERY BEAUTIFUL, BREATH TAKING, GREAT GROUP OF HIKERS. THANKS JIMMY.

    June 16, 2013

  • Florrie

    Such a great hike with a wonderful group of people. The view on this hike is breathtakingly beautiful. Thank you, Jimmy, for putting this on and being a great leader!! Hope to go up there with you again this summer.

    June 16, 2013

  • Jimmy

    I had a great time. Thanks to all . I was a fun and very beautiful hike.

    June 16, 2013

  • Diana W.

    Beautiful! Super nice people, too!

    June 16, 2013

  • Joe

    See you at the trailhead

    June 16, 2013

    • Jimmy

      Joe - Car pooling from the big parking lot where we parked recently to the actual trail head is best, since the trailhead parking is very limited. We will check for you there before proceeding to the trailhead.

      June 16, 2013

  • Jimmy

    I am closing RSVPS since we will limiting the group size to the Desolation Wilderness Max of 12. If you can not come please change your RSVP. Thanks

    June 13, 2013

  • Christy

    Jimmy - regarding the dogs on leashes - I haven't found that true in the Desolation area..

    June 11, 2013

    • Jimmy

      Christy is right that regulations on dogs are a little more complex. Desolation Wilderness/Eldorado states "Domestic pets are allowed into the Desolation Wilderness at this time. You are responsible for their actions as well as their welfare. Pets should either be leashed or under direct voice control. Dogs can disturb other campers, get in fights with other dogs along the trail, and scare wildlife away. The Eldorado County leash laws will be enforced inside the wilderness boundary where dogs off leash are an impediment or hazard to the safety of any person, or where dogs are harassing or molesting wildlife."

      June 12, 2013

    • Pam

      If that's the situation, I may bring one of my dogs. I can't bring the other as 3 of her paws are torn. Thanks for verifying the information!

      1 · June 13, 2013

  • Diana W.

    Please let me know if anyone will be smoking at any time during this hike. I am highly sensitive, and will bow out if so... Thanks!

    June 13, 2013

  • Jimmy

    Pam - Portions of the hike are on dirt/gravel trails and portions are on open granite. We are near the end of the spring snow melt, so there tends to be more runoff, mud and mosquitoes than later in the season.I

    June 11, 2013

  • Pam

    Are the trails going to be muddy or have lots of water on them? BTW, one of my dogs is recovering from 3 torn paws from a hike last Saturday in Tahoe. My dogs will not be joining me on this hike.

    June 11, 2013

  • Jimmy

    Thanks Kevin. Folks can either go to Twin or wade a small stream crossing to Island Lake. We will probably hang out at Twin or Island Lake for a hour or so. Yes bring bug spray and long shirt/pants. I note that Pam said that she likes to hike with her dogs. Please note that we will be following Desolation Wilderness Regulations which require dogs being on a leash at ALL times in the Wilderness to protect wildlife.

    June 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I did this hike last weekend. The trail gets a little hard to follow after the split to Grouse Lake. Bring your bug spray. If you going on to Island Lake be ready to get wet in stream crossing.

    June 11, 2013

  • Christy

    I'm actually a "maybe" at this point. If the Tallac (same day) group gets much bigger, I'll switch to this hike. I should know by Tues or Wed & will un-rsvp if I'm not coming so others can sign up.

    June 11, 2013

  • Amy Marie M.

    This looks like a great hike. Will there be more to come?

    June 10, 2013

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