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Desolation Basin Tour

This incredible hike offers you the opportunity to visit not only Pine Creek Canyon, but also the heart of French and Piute Canyon in the Sierra Nevada Range. This trek is a variation of a route known as the "Sky Marathon"- with many additional miles along beautiful terrain leading to tucked away lakes, some including Pine Lakes, Honeymoon, Moon, Elba and Little Lakes, Lower golden Trout Lake and Piute Lakes. On our last night we camp at the magnificent Desolation Lake, with only low grass and flowers, but sweeping views of western ridges and Mt. Humphreys to the east. There will be 3 shorter days (4-6 miles) and 2 days of 9-10 miles. This iconic lake tour is also an incredible place to photograph wildflowers in the early summer!




This trek follows well maintained trails and has a moderate to challenging hiking distance of 4-10 miles. There will be days of higher elevation gain than others and rocky sections of trail with bigger step-up and step-downs. Due to the length and elevation gain of this trek, it is considered a moderate Level 3 hike. Weight carried will be between 30-40lbs.


Whats Included?

  • Top-of-the-line tent, backcountry sleeping pad and multi-day backpack, headlamps, utensils and poles.

  • High quality, synthetic sleeping bag (Laundered after every use- $15 cleaning fee) – or bring your own!

  • Breakfast, lunch, and 4-course dinner prepared by your guide while in the field.

  • Professional local mountain guide certified as Wilderness First Responder, Food Handling & Leave No Trace Principles with years of professional and personal wilderness experience and a passion for leading others.

  • Wilderness and National park backcountry camping permits.

  • Bear canisters for food storage.

  • Water Filtration systems- all water filtered by your guide!

  • Emergency equipment including an extensive first-aid kit and satellite communication device (InReach Explorer).

  • For Yosemite National Park Treks: Mandatory 5% national park fee that passes through directly to Yosemite.

  • A discount of 10% off any TrekSierra trip after your first!


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