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Take a Hike from Wright's Lake to Grouse Lake

Location: Near Kyburz. Google “Wrights Lake to Grouse Lake.”

Distance: Four miles out and back.

Difficulty Level: Intermediate/difficult. Moderately trafficked. 1,210 feet elevation gain.

Know Before You Go: Check with the Eldorado National Forest before going to ensure the trail is open (916-500-4712). Lots of mosquitos. Dogs are allowed on a leash.

Fuel Up: Check out Sweetie Pie’s in Placerville (577 Main Street) for a quick but delicious breakfast before heading out; post-hike, try Wally’s Pizza Bar (4079 Cameron Park Drive) in Cameron Park for eclectic pies in a casual setting.

Why We Love It: Beautiful lakes and abundant waterfalls. Perfect for overnight camping and stargazing.

Trail Notes: Bring bug spray, plenty of water, and consider a water filter. There is cell coverage in Desolation Wilderness, but go with phones fully charged in case of emergency. Practice “leave no trace” ethics; if you pack it in, pack it out. Respect signs.

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By Ryan Martinez
Title photo by Dan Pena, @danpena