This trip starts at the Lyons Creek trailhead. To get to the trailhead take Highway 50 to Wrights Lake Road (36 miles from Highway 49 in Placerville). Drive 8 miles up Wrights Lake Road to a trailhead parking area on your right (0.2 miles before the Wrights Lake Information Kiosk). Try to park at the South end of the parking loop.
Follow the trail
When you reach the intersection for Bloodsucker Lake, continue
(right) and continue to Lake Sylvia. Approximately 2 miles into
trip you will officially enter Desolation Wilderness.
Craig Entering the Desolation
Lyons Creek viewed from the
Meadow filled with wildflowers just past the
Lake Sylvia has some
campsites on the western shore. Lake Sylvia is known for their
of Brook Trout which don't grow large but are very aggressive.
Lake Sylvia side trips can be made to Lyons Lake or to Pyramid Peak.
Our campsite on the western shore of Lake Sylvia
Brook Trout caught 30' from our campsite
• Phone ahead - Reserve your permit by phone, you can pick it up in person
• Bring a rod - The fishing is great in the Desolation Wilderness
• Catch and Release - If you do bring a rod catch and release
Schaffer, Jefferey P. 1996. Desolation Wilderness and the South Lake Tahoe Basin. Berkeley: Wilderness Press, p. 55 (hike #2).
O'Neil, Dennis V. 1996. Trail Tools Desolation Wilderness. O'Neil Software, p. 54-55.
Yesavage, Jerome. 1994. Desolation Wilderness Fishing Guide. Frank Amato Publications, p. 28.
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