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SMITH LAKE--DESOLATION WILDERNESS (8.5 miles & 1800 vertical)

Let's hike to beautiful Smith Lake, a classic cirque lake at 8700 ft.  On the way, we'll encounter two pretty lakes as well as the granite that exemplifies Desolation Wilderness.  At Smith Lake, plan on hanging out for a good spell, to allow for swimming, eating, and relaxation.  After, we simply retrace our steps. Plan on hiking at a easy to moderate pace.  Hike entails 1800 feet of vertical climb and 8.5 miles total round-trip distance.

If you sign up, please send me an email confirming that you are going to go. No shows are not appreciated! Please keep your RSVPs up to date so others may go if you can't.  The limit in the wilderness here is 12, so if enough are on the waiting list we can can take more but we'll have to break up in to a couple of groups.

 

SUGGESTED ITEMS TO BRING  - Cotton not recommended. 3 liters water, (I will have filtration), light rain shell or fleece jacket for warmth in case of thunderstorms, sturdy shoes or boots,  pain meds and/or first aid, sunhat, sunscreen and lip-balm,  lunch, whistle, hiking poles, camera, cellphone, and mosquito repellent.  There will be mosquitoes.

DIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD:

Hwy 50 east for approximately 55 miles.  About 3-4 miles past Kyburz, look for Wrights Lake Road sign (on right side of hwy) and get into short left-turn lane. (If you enter the town of Strawberry, you've gone 3-4 miles too far).

After turning onto Wrights Lake Rd, drive 8 miles to the 1st parking lot, on your right.  This parking lot is just before a visitor center on your left and a right turn crossing the spillway of Wrights Lake. Do not go to official Twin Lakes Trailhead parking lot, since it is small and usually filled up.  By parking at the larger parking lot, we ensure that there is space for all the cars.

Any questions give me a call[masked]!


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  • Michelle

    Awesome lake hike. It was fun running down the trail. The rain and hail spice up the hike. Thanks Andrew for another great hike!

    August 18, 2013

  • marbar

    Another great hike Andrew! Thanks! I hope you didn't get too wet coming down in the storm.

    August 18, 2013

  • Andrew

    Michelle, I see you on the waiting list. Go ahead and show up.

    1 · August 18, 2013

  • Craig O.

    Hope to show up, but depending on weather. Suppose to be thunder showers tomorrow. Can see the Sierra's from my window and clouds are building up. Hope to see you tomorrow.

    August 17, 2013

  • Stephanie

    I will meet at the park and ride. Looking forward to it!

    August 17, 2013

  • Cathy H

    sorry... change of plans and time for someone else to jump on. Enjoy! :)

    August 17, 2013

    • Andrew

      Angel said no huh?

      August 17, 2013

    • Cathy H

      She is the boss, you know. :)

      August 17, 2013

  • Andy

    Hi all, I will be joining you all tomorrow. I live in Camino which is between Placerville and Pollock Pines. I was wondering if anyone is willing to stop off at the Safeway in Pollock Pines and pick me up, or meet me there and you can jump in my car. If not, no problem I will just meet you all in Folsom.

    August 17, 2013

    • Andrew

      Hey Andy. No reason to have you drive all of the way down to Folsom. Give me a call in the morning, say like 7:45, and we'll make sure to have a spot for you in a car. Talk to you then.

      August 17, 2013

    • Andy

      Thank you

      August 17, 2013

  • ~ Em ~

    I might be able to make this. :)

    1 · August 16, 2013

    • Andrew

      I hope to see you Em. And you can just show up. I already sent an email to those on the waiting list to do just the same. There's always a flake factor, plus if we're over 12 we can just spead out a little on the trail.

      1 · August 17, 2013

  • Heather L.

    Maybe next time!

    August 17, 2013

  • Barbara

    Sorry, but I have to attend a work-related meeting instead. My schedule has been difficult lately, but it will get better in just 3 days. :)

    August 16, 2013

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