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USGS TOPO HIKING MAPS: Meeks Bay, Homewood, Emerald Bay, and Rockbound Valley
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Backpacking Map
of
Meeks Bay Trail Head
to Dicks Pass
Topo Hiking Map

Starting The
Tahoe to Yosemite Trail

4 USGS 7.5 minute Topo Hiking Maps
The North Desolation Wilderness out of
Meeks Bay

Maps
TYT-PCT
DESOLATION
INDEX

Meeks Bay
to
Echo Summit

7.5 min
MAP
NORTH

NONE

Meeks
Bay
is our
SOUTH
BOUND
Start Point

7.5 min
MAP
SOUTH

TYT-PCT
TRT

Phipps Pass
to
Lake
Aloha

Miles
and
Elevations

NORTH

NONE

Meeks
Bay
is our
SOUTH
BOUND
Start Point

Miles
and
Elevations

SOUTH
TYT

Meeks
Bay

to
Echo
Summit

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PAGE

Meeks
Bay


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ALL
Desolation
Wilderness
MAP

NORTH
Desolation
Wilderness
MAP

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RED DOTS
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Trail Guide Pages

WEATHER

Desolation
Stations

Tahoe
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High Sierra
Weather

RESUPPLY

South Lake
Tahoe

Echo
Summit

Lake Alpine

PERMITS

Desolation
Wilderness

LTBMU

Map Information

 

Tahoe
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North Desolation Wilderness Map

16.83 miles
Backpacking Map
of
M
eeks Bay Trailhead to Dicks Pass along the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail

North Desolation, Meeks Bay trail head and Sugar Pine State Park
North Desolation and Sugar Pine
7.5 Central Desolation Wilderness topo map
Phipps Pass to Lake Aloha
7.5 South Desolation Wilderness topo map
South Desolation Wilderness to Echo Summit
Meeks Bay Trailhead region topo hiking map.
The Northern Desolation Wilderness High Density 7.5 minute Topo Hiking Map: magnify for greater detail.
North Desolation, Meeks Bay trail head and Sugar Pine State Park
North Desolation and Sugar Pine
7.5 Central Desolation Wilderness topo map
Phipps Pass to Lake Aloha
7.5 South Desolation Wilderness topo map
Dicks Pass to Echo Lake

Meeks Bay trail head,
Lake Tahoe to Yosemite Trail

Main Features
Meeks Bay is the first trailhead for backpacking the Classic Tahoe to Yosemite Trail, and an excellent entry point for short backpacking trips and loops into the North Desolation Wilderness.

For trips shorter than hiking the whole TYT down to Yosemite we can backpack across the 28.71 mile length of the Desolation Wilderness down to the Southernmost Desolation Trailhead at Lower Echo Lake. This section can be part of our hike to a destination further South, a trip in itself, or an element in a nice 2 to 5 day backpacking loop around the Desolation Wilderness.

What do you need? Desolation Wilderness has it, or can lead you there.

In pursuit of trip flexibility this trail guide also measures the distances from access trails and trailheads to the main Pacific Crest and Tahoe to Yosemite Routes from Eagle Falls and Bayview Camp along the Western Shore of Lake Tahoe. Locate the red dot marking the junction on the topo map you are interested in, and click it to review the trail guide information for that location.

Trailheads paralleling the Tahoe to Yosemite and Pacific Crest Trail routes all the way from Lake Tahoe to Mount Whitney allow us to craft nice trailhead-to-trailhead and loop trips along the High Sierra trails between Tahoe to Whitney. Using a section of the PCT-TYT-JMT to connect two trailheads or as part of a hiking loop is real rewarding, especially around the Northern Desolation Wilderness, which is crisscrossed by a web of trails.

Meeks Bay is good for a lot more than just beginning your long trip down to Yosemite and on to the Whitney Portal.

Backpacking Desolation Wilderness
Meeks Bay can be the beginning of the perfect short trip for you, be it a short in-and-out trip up to Rubicon Lake and back, a longer hiking loop around the Velmas and West out to Bayview Camp, or a big hiking trip down the length of Desolation Wilderness to Lower Echo Lake
.

Desolation Wilderness is an excellent location to develop backpacking experience. It is nearby. It is beautiful. It has lots of people, which provides a feeling of security for many new backpackers.

Though this guide describes the Pacific Crest and Tahoe to Yosemite Trail routes spanning Desolation Wilderness from Meeks Bay to the Whitney Portal, you can break off as big or little piece of trail as suits you.

Trail Guide Pages Describing this Topo Map

The topo map above depicts the Tahoe to Yosemite trail from Meeks Bay Trailhead to Dicks Pass.

 

MAP NOTE
Those squares breaking the USGS maps up into grids are the Universal Transverse Mercator / Military Grid Reference System, otherwise commonly known as UTM.

What's important for our general reference purpose is that each side of a square is 1000 meters, or a Kilometer.

From my point of view that is 1093 yards or .62 of a mile.

Diagonal: 1414.22 meters, if my trig is correct.

That converts into 4,639.8 feet or .88 of a mile.

Map Information Common Map Symbols

Online and Trail Maps Online Length Conversion

 

Schematic trail map of Eagle Falls and Bayview Trailheads to the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail in Desolaton Wilderness.

Desolation Wilderness
Mapping Information, miles, and Elevations

Miles and Elevations

Meeks Bay Trailhead to Phipps Pass

2561 feet, 8.88 miles

Location                         Elevation           Mileage

Start: Meeks Bay               6239                     0

 

Lake Genevieve                 7400                  4.39

 

Crag Lake                         7440                  4.77

 

Hidden Lake Jnct               7560                  5.35

 

N. side, Stony Ridge Lake   7800                  6.03

 

S. side, Stony Ridge Lake   7800                   6.62

 

Rubicon Lake                    8360                   7.75

 

Grouse Lake Jnct               8400                   7.89

 

Grouse Lake Jnct 2            8800                   8.73

 

Phipps Pass                      8800                  8.88

All Miles/Elevations: Meeks Bay to Echo Summit

 

Backpacking Permitting Authority

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit

Contact Information

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit

National Forest

LTBMU

Wilderness Area

Desolation Wilderness, TahoeWhitney

Desolation Wilderness, the feds.

Physical Location

Meeks Bay Trailhead and Highway 89

Meeks Bay on Road Map

USGS Topo Map Information

 

Map Names
I stitched together 4 USGS 7.5 maps to make this baby:

NE: Meeks Bay (1992)

NW: Homewood (1992)

SW: Rockbound Valley (1992)

SE: Emerald Bay (1992)

 

Compass Offset
Magnetic North is 15 and 1/2 minutes East of True North

 

scale
1:24 000

Contours
40 Feet

 

Tahoe to Alpine Trail Guide Index

Meeks Bay trail head, Trail Guide

 

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Elevations   More Information

Lake Tahoe
6226 feet

Phipps Pass
8800 feet

elevation gain
2574 feet

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Meeks Bay to The Carson Gap

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