The Curse of Island Lake

posted Sep 19, 2014, 9:41 AM by Paul Wagner   [ updated Sep 19, 2014, 9:42 AM ]
Three times.

Three times we have made plans to hike to Island Lake in the Desolation Wilderness.  And three times our plans have been foiled.  Once because M wasn't feeling well.  Once because a huge storm was predicted (and delivered.)  And now the King Fire.

Tahoe National Forest has announced that all hiking in Desolation Wilderness should be abandoned until that massive fire is under control---and it is 5% contained at this point.  It has destroyed homes, injured firefighters, and carbonized over 100,000 acres of forest.  And it has closed US 50 for a few miles as well.

So even if we WANTED to go hiking there, we couldn't get through to the trailhead. 

We've had other trips cancelled, both because of fire (in Yosemite) or other reasons.  But we've never had to cancel the same itinerary more than once, except for Island Lake. And now it's three times. 

Does it exist?   

This photo above is not Island Lake.  It's Lyons Lake, also in Desolation Wilderness.  We've been there.