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Enchanted Pools, Umpa, Twin & Island Lakes, Desolation W

Postby madeintahoe » Wed Jul 12, 2006 9:59 pm

Yesterday I did a day loop hike into a beautiful area of Desolation Wilderness. We started at the Twin Lakes TH, hiked up to the Enchanted Pools, from there cross country to Umpa Lake, then up to Twin Lakes and then Island Lake. We hiked back out on the Twin Lakes Trail. There is water on some parts of the trail & crossing over at Twin Lakes at the dam is still pretty high...so we walked down the outlet and found a shallow place to cross over.

I have never seen so much water coming out of Twin Lakes..It is so beautiful up there right now. Still some snow left higher up.
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Postby copeg » Thu Jul 13, 2006 6:36 am

Nice shots Madeintahoe. Thanks for sharing. Enchanted pool with the waterfalls looks like an awesome place to visit.
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Postby Snow Nymph » Thu Jul 13, 2006 12:48 pm

MiT, Those flowers are beautiful! I've only seen the desert five spot, which is different from yours. And I've never seen the lily. And my favorite color is purple too. The Mountain Pride against the water and snow and rocks are cool too! For some reason, I didn't take any photos of those on my last trip.

The multiple waterfalls and pools are "enchanting"! Looks like a beautiful area! If I ever get up there, I'll do Pyramid with you.
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Postby Ozark Flip » Thu Jul 13, 2006 1:10 pm

Very Nice!!! :nod: Thanks.
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Postby hikerduane » Thu Jul 13, 2006 6:50 pm

Thank you!
Piece of cake.
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Postby Buck Forester » Thu Jul 13, 2006 9:25 pm

Fantastic! I grew up hiking and backpacking to Twin Lakes and have been there gazeeeellions of times and I have fond memories there. In fact my very first backpacking trip was to Twin Lakes and I fell in love with backpacking. Now when I go through there it's usually as I make my way on beyond Island lake and cross the ridge and drop down to Clyde Lake. I spent the day canoeing and fishing Wright's Lake a couple Sunday's ago... the Crystal Range rocks!
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Postby madeintahoe » Fri Jul 21, 2006 7:51 am

Thank you everyone so much! This part of the Sierra is a bit different from the Southern areas, I feel very fortunate to have it right out my back door. Trailblazer you are right the Enchanted Pools are awesome...quite a beautiful place to visit, very peaceful

SN, that Desert Five Spot in this area is pretty cool..wish I had gotten a better picture to show the tiny little specks a bit better the flower has in it. Yes, that would be so nice to do Pyramid together, I think you would love the area & the peak looks to be a pretty nice scramble to the summit. Those Mountain pride are amazing, never have seen them so vivid

Buck that sounds like a cool trek going over from Island to Clyde...how neat Twin was your 1st backpacking trip. This small basin that Twin and Island Lakes sits in is my favorite in this area...I think it's very beautiful. Twin Lakes holds a special place for me too..I did my 1st solo BP trip there in 2004. That must have been nice canoeing in Wrights..that lake always has sparkles on it it seems. I never get tired of going to this area :)
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Postby will_jrob » Fri Jul 21, 2006 5:56 pm

Nice photos of a terrific area. Overnighted at Island Lake last year, wonderful reflected alpenglow.
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Postby mikehike » Fri Jul 21, 2006 7:18 pm

Where is the tein lakes trailhead, we have a little place at tahoe and love Desolation wilderness


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Postby wingding » Fri Jul 21, 2006 7:48 pm

Madeintahoe: great flower photos! Island Lake is really beautiful - I need to get up that way.
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Postby sierrawest » Tue Jul 25, 2006 3:19 am

madeintahoe,

beautiful pictures. where exactly are these lakes? where is the trailhead? is there a place to camp if one wants to spend the night? would i need a permit? how would i get there from stockton (central valley)? would you recommend this trip as an overnight for a couple of beginners?

haha, look what those pictures made me do! this place looks amazing!
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Postby calipidder » Tue Jul 25, 2006 2:45 pm

I was there last weekend (photos on personal site in sig). Desolation Wilderness requires overnight permits because they have backcountry quotas. The trailhead is at Wright's Lake off of hwy 50. These particular lakes are in zone 32 and have a 20 person quota, 10 reservable ahead of time, 10 walk-in. See here for more info. $5 reservation fee + $5 per person ($15 for two of us for one night with pre-reserved spot). Hope this helps!
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