The Desolation Wilderness encompasses 64,053 acres of rugged alpine terrain in the Tahoe region of the Sierra Nevada. Located west of Lake Tahoe and north of Highway 50, the Desolation Wilderness is a spectacular area of subalpine and alpine forests, granitic peaks, and glacially formed valleys and lake basins. Most of the land area that is now wilderness was originally protected from development in 1899 when the General Land Office set the area aside as a Forest Reserve. In 1910, this area became part of the Eldorado National Forest. In 1931, the area was formally designated by Congress as a roadless “Primitive Area” and was called the “Desolation Valley Primitive Area.” Finally, in 1969, the 63, 690 acres of the Desolation was incorporated into the National Wilderness Preservation System and became the Desolation Wilderness. Permits Are Mandatory for entry into the Desolation Wilderness year-round for both day and overnight use. There are fees for overnight camping year-round. The permit system allows the Forest Service to gather important recreation use data, to limit use where necessary, and to inform visitors of their responsibilities for preserving the wilderness resource. Permits can also be helpful in locating people during emergencies. Commercial groups will also need an Outfitter-Guide permit: Contact the local Ranger Station for more information.
Price: $ 4.99 USD
Vendor: US Forest Service R5
Primary Category: Recreation
Secondary Categorization: Parks, Hunting & Fishing
Size: 66.0 MB
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