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Trip Date:  09/15/2012

: 11.0 Miles

Vertical Gain: 1300'

Group Size: 2

Hike Rating:  Easy   Moderate    Hard    Strenuous
Gertrude and Tyler Lakes Route
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Gertrude and Tyler Lakes Elevation Profile
Start Coordinates:   N 38 50.961, W 120 13.543
(or N 38 50.554, W 120 14.116 during the winter)
    End Coordinates:   Same as Start Coordinates  
Car Shuttle Req'd:   No Parking Directions:   Take Highway 50 to Wrights Road (west of the small town of Strawberry.)  Drive 8 miles north on Wrights Road.  Turn right at the entrance for the lake and drive about 1 mile to the Desolation Wilderness Parking area.
Hazards of Note:   Cross country navigation is required for a section of this hike.  It is difficult and requires class 3 climbing down and back up a creek bed. Crowd Factor:   Moderate to busy, especially on weekends.  
General Notes:
The first part of this hike crosses a small bridge right at the Desolation Wilderness permit kiosk near the parking area.  Continue north on the Tyler Lake trail until you reach Gertrude Lake in about 3 miles from the start.  Tyler Lake is a quick cross country up to the south, and sits in a granite bowl with mountains on 2/3 of the sides of the lake.  Climb back down to Gertrude Lake, and then head to the northwest around the granite to head cross country over to Maud Lake.  There is a difficult section where you have to cross a river between these two lakes, with class 3 climbing down and back up from the actual water area.  When you reach Maud Lake you can pick up the well-defined and maintained Rockbound Trail, which heads back to the Wrights Lake area for the last3 1/2 miles of the trip.

Since this is a hike into Desolation Wilderness, you will need a day permit (free at the trailhead) and the group size limit is 12.

Reflection of the Crystal Range off of Beauty Lake. Beauty Lake reflection
Looking up at Rockbound Pass from near the start of the hike. Rockbound Pass near start
Desolation Wilderness boundary on the way up to Tyler Lake. Desolation Boundary
Our first stop at Gertrude Lake. Gertrude Lake
Rich taking a quick break at Gertrude Lake. Rich at Gertrude Lake
After a short climb we had made it to Tyler Lake. Tyler Lake
We headed cross country from Tyler to Maud Lake, which was an adventure. Greg going cross country
Some very impressive granite formations were to be found along the trail. Granite Formations
Once we reached Maud Lake we had a nice view right to Rockbound Pass. Rockbound pass from Maud
Almost back to Beauty Lake we had nice views of the stark Crystal Range. Crystal Range from back near Beauty
The full GPS track of the hike. GPS track of hike