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Desolation Wilderness Permit out of Wright's lake?
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Eli .
(Feileung) - F
Desolation Wilderness Permit out of Wright's lake? on 09/30/2011 20:09:31 MDT Print View

Anyone know where to pick up a Wilderness Permit for hiking into the Desolation Wilderness from Wright's lake? I'm planning to camp at Smith Lake.

Rick Dreher
(halfturbo) - MLife

Locale: Northernish California
Re: Desolation Wilderness Permit out of Wright's lake? on 09/30/2011 20:56:32 MDT Print View

Yup, coming from the west up Highway 50 you get permits at the Pacific Ranger District office east of Pollock Pines.



p.s. Camping's limited at Smith, but it's a beautiful cirque.

Eli .
(Feileung) - F
Danke. on 09/30/2011 23:09:32 MDT Print View


I've been to Smith once on a scouting mission for quick overnighters. Very nice spot. I'm a bit worried about getting a spot but I'm saying my prayers and ready to fall back to Grouse Lake if necessary

Thanks again. I'll let you know how it went.

Eli .
(Feileung) - F
Sasquatch. on 09/30/2011 23:11:41 MDT Print View

Oh, also knocking on wood that I don't run into Bigfoot up there.

Lisa Frugoli
(alfresco) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Desolation Permits on-line now on 10/01/2011 07:32:10 MDT Print View

You can get them on-line & print them at home. I did that in July.

OVERNIGHT USERS - The new on-line service at will allow wilderness visitors to make their reservations for 50% of the quota any time of the day seven days per week.