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Wrights Lake to Grouse Lake and gateway to Twin Lakes

Bring a kayak and travel the labyrinth of waterways behind Wrights Lake or take a picnic to Smith, Grouse or Twin Lakes
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 4.7 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview:  Ample lakes and trails surrounding Wrights Lake make for nearly endless outdoor activities. Trail hiking, snowshoeing, cross country... more »

Tips:  As a Search & Rescue volunteer I've seen first hand just how easy it is to get stuck in the wilderness.  Breaking an ankle or... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Beauty Lake

The highest point in Desolation, "Pyramid" is in the background of this photo

2. Take the road to Dark Lake

...or walk up from the parking lot at Wrights Lake

3. Picturesque Lakes with reflections

Photography during "the Golden Hour" yields mountain reflections in the water. Why not capture a few photos and make your own postcards?

4. Boat launch area. A labyrinth waterway can be navigated...

...by heading north from here. Bring antihistamine and bug spray. The pollen in this area can have effects even on those who aren't usually allergic.

5. Parking is plentiful most of the year

6. A view of Wrights Lake in the Fall

Bald Eagles nests were right near this POI in 2009

7. Report your whereabouts at the Ranger Station if you go beyond this point.

Camping beyond this spot is legal buy you must visit a park ranger station ahead of time.

8. There's snow as early as October at this elevation

9. Twin Lakes view point to waterfalls and beyond

Look far into the distance and you'll see a waterfall that is fed by the upper twin lake. People often camp in this area during meteor showers. The visibility is some of the best in the wildernesss