Hiking in the Desolation Wilderness backcountry area around Lake Tahoe is one of my favorite things to do and has been since I was a kid. In September, I took my husband hiking in Desolation Wilderness to show him some of the best places I went with my family when I was young and living in California. I was so thrilled to see that this perfectly-balanced rock, which I'd love when I was little, was just as it had been when I last saw it.
I wondered how many other kids, hiking past the rock, had tried unsuccessfully to topple it from its perch as my brothers and I had so many times in the past.
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Spectacular Lake Tahoe
Hiking in the isolated Desolation Wilderness backcountry area around stunning Lake Tahoe is one of my favorite things to do. My husband and I travel from Connecticut to California a couple times a year to spend time in this amazing area.
It's just as beautiful, or even more so, in the winter when blanketed in a fresh layer of powdery snow. No matter the season, at every turn you're met with jaw-dropping views and dramatic postcard-perfect scenery.
The Desolation Wilderness backcountry area around beautiful Lake Tahoe is one of my favorite places to hike in the summer and cross-country ski or snowshoe in the winter.
One of the best things about hiking in Desolation Wilderness is the many stunning alpine lakes you come across during your hike. There's nothing more inviting when you're hot and dusty from the trail than a pristine alpine lake with crystal-clear water for a refreshing dip.
If you're an outdoor enthusiast, one of the great things about Lake Tahoe is that it's a year-round playground. The summer months offer endless options for hiking, mountain biking, and boating - you can even try stand-up paddleboarding if you want. But the winter is just as amazing, when the mountains around Tahoe beckon for snowshoeing, sledding, or, in this case, backcountry skiing.
Even when we've visited Lake Tahoe in June, my husband and I have found more than enough snow in the Desolation Wilderness area around Lake Tahoe to carve some amazing turns. More popular in New England than out West, telemark skiing is a form of backcountry skiing where the boot's heel is detached from the ski, allowing you to more easily climb hills using a special "skin"- a piece of sticky fabric that you attach to your ski for added traction. Because your heel can feely move up and down, carving turns on telemark skis definitely takes some practice before hitting the backcountry slopes in earnest.
Desolation Wilderness' scenery is second to none at any time of the year, with so few people using the area in the winter months that you practically have it to yourself most days. And backcountry skiing isn't just fun - it's a great workout to boot, so you can enjoy a burger and beer afterwards without feeling guilty.
If you're looking for an unforgettable escape next winter, head to beautiful Lake Tahoe for a taste of backcountry fun!
Lake Tahoe's Desolation Wilderness: A Year-Round Playground for Outdoor Lovers
California's Lake Tahoe is an outdoor enthusiast's dream, any time of year. In the summer you have endless options for hiking, mountain biking, and boating - you can even give stand-up paddleboarding a try if you'd like. But winter is just as amazing, with the mountains surrounding Tahoe perfect for backcountry skiing, sledding, and, in this case, snowshoeing.
Even when we've visited Lake Tahoe in June, my husband and I have found more than enough snow in the Desolation Wilderness area around Lake Tahoe to strap on our snowshoes and head into the mountains. The area's scenery is second to none any time of the year, but because far fewer people use the area in the winter months, you'll often feel like you have the mountains all to yourself. And backcountry snowshoeing isn't just fun - it's a great workout too, so you can enjoy a juicy burger and cold beer afterwards without feeling guilty.
If you're looking for an unforgettable escape next winter, head to beautiful Lake Tahoe and the surrounding Desolation Wilderness for a taste of backcountry fun!
Growing up in California, I spent many a summer day camping, hiking, fishing, and backpacking with my family in the spectacular Desolation Wilderness backcountry around Lake Tahoe. I now live in Connecticut, but my heart will always belong to California.
Last September, I had the pleasure of taking my husband to see some of my favorite hiking spots in the Sierra Nevada mountains. I had such a great time re-living some of my favorite childhood memories with my husband and making some new ones of our own. It was on one of our hikes deep in the Desolation Wilderness backcountry that I came across this brilliant green moss.
Lake Tahoe and the surrounding Sierra Nevada mountains and Desolation Wilderness will always be near and dear to my heart, and I can't wait for our next trip to the area in mid-August.