Hike Date: November 11, 2014
Distance: ~ 9.2 miles
Trail(s): Glen Alpine Trail, Lake Gilmore Trail, Pacific Crest Trail
Where’s it at? Southwest of Lake Tahoe


Went to the Tahoe area with a friend and while we toyed with climbing Mt. Tallac, we had other plans for the weekend and opted to hike from Glen Alpine Trailhead up to Lake Gilmore instead, which is about 2 miles (and a LOT of climbing) before Tallac’s summit. This was a great hike. I was surprised to see as much snow as there was, granted we were able to avoid it as much as we wanted, but it was there in shaded pockets throughout the hike.

Lake Gilmore is a crater lake up in Desolation Wilderness about 4.5 miles from Glen Alpine and with almost 2000′ of elevation gain. It is not a simple hike but not that tough. The worst part is probably that you’re not used to the elevation up there at about 8,294 feet above sea level. The lake is gorgeous, though honestly it isn’t one of my favorites of those accessible from this same trailhead, but it’s definitely worth a visit. I think the best part of the hike are some of the views west and south into the heart of Desolation Wilderness which on this trip included some nice snow-capped peaks.

We had some food at the top and lingered for a short while but with the goal of catching the sunset at 19 Kitchen Bar, we didn’t stay up there all that long, and it’s probably for the best as we barely made it for the world’s greatest sunset in my opinion, and great drinks as well.

A nice treat on Sunday as that we headed to Nevada beach which was just about empty and were able to view the hike from the across the lake. This is one more lake down on my quest to hike to all of them in Desolation Wilderness. A short portion of this was also part of the Pacific Crest Trail. If you get a chance, pay this trail a visit and either head to Gilmore Lake or Susie and Heather lakes. You can camp here too with a wilderness permit for $10/person.

Photos from Hiking Lake Gilmore (click to enlarge)

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Directions to Glen Alpine Trailhead

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