Snow covers some high-country trails

Visitors to Tahoe's high country this weekend should be aware that trails still have snow on them above 7,500 feet. Visitors should carry a map and compass because some trails remain buried.

Streams and rivers also are flowing fast and remain dangerous to cross.

Many popular hikes may be hard to follow.

"At Echo Lakes trailhead, if you are trying to get to Lake Aloha or Lake of the Woods, you are going to lose the trail for sure, and you are going to need a map and compass," said Suzy Lancaster, manager for Desolation Wilderness.

She recommended using Meeks Bay trailhead to the north, which is more clear.

As far as stream crossings, she said: "Know your abilities and do not push it. One mistake and you could be swept away."

Fifty percent of permits for Desolation Wilderness are available from the U.S. Forest Service through advanced reservations. Remaining permits are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Wilderness permits, which are required for overnight stays, are available at the Taylor Creek visitor center on Highway 89. Call (530) 543-2674.

How's the trail?

To check trail conditions, call the Taylor Creek Visitor Center (530) 543-2674 or the U.S. Forest Service at (530) 543-2600.


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