Gilmore Lake/Mt. Tallac Backpacking Trip 

Three day backpacking trip into Desolation Wilderness. Entered at Glen Alpine Trailhead (West end of Fallen Leaf Lake) and hiked into Gilmore Lake (4.3 miles each way) where we set up camp. Day hiked Mt. Tallac on second day of trip (2.3 miles each way).


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Author: MarcoPolo25
Date: 10 Sep 2010 12:00:01 PM
Source: GPX file
Activity: Backpacking
State: California (CA)
Distance: 13.2 mi  (Change units)
Average Speed: 0.2 mph - 5:27:16/mi
Duration: Total: 3d 0:00:00
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 1411 ft
Total Loss: 1923 ft
Net Change: -512 ft
Difficulty: 6 / 10
Tags: California, Desolation Wilderness, Gilmore Lake, Lake Tahoe, Mt. Tallac
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

Me and two two friends took a 3 day Fall backpacking trip to Gilmore Lake in Desolation Wilderness. 


Day 1: Drove from Folsom to Lake Tahoe on Friday afternoon. Stopped at Lake Tahoe Visitors Center for wilderness permit. Weather was fantastic! Hiked into Gilmore Lake from Glen Alpine Trailhead (West end of Fallen Leaf Lake). Stopped at the old Glen Alpine Springs resort site for a quick breather and look around. Arrived at Gilmore Lake around 6:30 PM and there were limited campsites available. Found a nice spot, set up camp, and ate dinner by headlamp (including tequila shots and oyster hor dourves).

Day 2:  Woke up to beautiful Sierra weather. Fishing was poor to terrible, so we hiked up Mt. Tallac for some breathtaking views of Tahoe. Later on we kicked back with refreshments and cigars. Enjoyed a terrific evening with dinner and more Tequila (did I mention fresh limes?).

Day 3: Broke camp by late morning and hiked back to Fallen Leaf Lake (Glen Alpine Trailhead). Encountered many day hikers heading for Mt. Tallac. Hoisted some cold Heinekens back at the trailhead then headed for home.

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Tracks

Trail to Gilmore Lake

Distance: 4.32 mi Points: 604
Total Time: 23:21:14 Speed: 0.2 mph Pace: 5:24:41 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.2 mph Pace: 5:24:41 / mi
Trail to Gilmore Lake from Glen Alpine Trailhead near Fallen Leaf Lake.

Mt. Tallac Trail

Distance: 2.28 mi Points: 1458
Total Time: 6:15:02 Speed: 0.4 mph Pace: 2:44:18 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.4 mph Pace: 2:44:18 / mi
Trail up backside of Mt. Tallac from Gilmore Lake.

Points of Interest

GILMORE CAMPSITE (8294 ft)

Location: 38.892773, -120.116334
GILMORE LAKE CAMPSITE - Elevation 8294 ft

GLEN ALPINE TRAILHEAD (6563 ft)

Location: 38.876861, -120.079981
GLEN ALPINE TRAILHEAD - Elevation 6563 ft

MT TALLAC (9735 ft)

Location: 38.905968, -120.098999
MT TALLAC - Elevation 9735 ft

1a

Location: 38.898247, -120.056019
View of Mt. Tallac from Fallen Leaf Lake

1

Location: 38.877136, -120.079966
Glen Alpine Trailhead Parking lot near Fallen Leaf Lake (Elevation 6563 ft).

2

Location: 38.876969, -120.080781
Begging chipmunk in parking lot.

3

Location: 38.877670, -120.081596
Official Glen Alpine Trailhead Sign.

4

Location: 38.876334, -120.095930
Historic Glen Alpine Springs Information Sign

5

Location: 38.876067, -120.095458
Historic Lodge Building at Glen Alpine Springs.

7

Location: 38.876000, -120.095673
Soda Spring at Historic Glen Alpine Spring Resort.

8

Location: 38.875733, -120.095844
Major Beaver Work near Glen Alpine Springs.

9

Location: 38.873193, -120.098505
Climbing up the trail to Gilmore Lake.

10

Location: 38.879007, -120.103998
View down the canyon from Glen Alpine trail.

11

Location: 38.886089, -120.117130
Pacific Crest Trail Sign Post near Susie Lake.

12

Location: 38.892703, -120.115972
View of Gilmore lake from Campsite.

13

Location: 38.901888, -120.108118
View of Gilmore Lake and the Crystal Range from Mt. Tallac Trail.

14

Location: 38.903157, -120.104084
View of Mt. Tallac Summit from Trail.

15

Location: 38.904660, -120.100565
Sign Post at Mt. Tallac Trail Junction.

16

Location: 38.904292, -120.098248
Just below Mt. Tallac Summit near the Cross.

17

Location: 38.906079, -120.098591
View of Lake Tahoe, Cascade Lake, and Crystal Bay from Mt. Tallac Summit.

18

Location: 38.906029, -120.099342
View of Gilmore Lake from Mt. Tallac Summit.

19

Location: 38.905912, -120.098634
Aggressive Chipmunk on Mt. Tallac Summit.

20

Location: 38.905729, -120.098462
Lots of day hikers on Mt. Tallac.

20a

Location: 38.899316, -120.107388
Indian Paintbrush along Mt. Tallac Trail.

21

Location: 38.892603, -120.116701
Tequila shots back at Gilmore Lake.

21a

Location: 38.892920, -120.115070
Fishing at Gilmore Lack.

22

Location: 38.893104, -120.115328
Crystal Clear Waters of Gilmore Lake.

22a

Location: 38.892603, -120.115972
Group Photo at Gilmore Lake.

23

Location: 38.887459, -120.117023
Pacific Crest Trail approaching Dick's Pass, above Susie Lake.

24

Location: 38.883366, -120.109212
Creek below Gilmore Lake.

25

Location: 38.876301, -120.104406
Trail Approaching Glen Alpine Springs.

27

Location: 38.877670, -120.094492
Old Barn Near Glen Alpine Springs.

28

Location: 38.877503, -120.088956
Glen Alpine Falls.

29

Location: 38.876802, -120.080180
Cold Heineken's at the Trailhead.


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