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Re: Middle Velma Lake (Desolation Wilderness) Backpack

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avatar Middle Velma Lake (Desolation Wilderness) Backpack
June 10, 2012 08:58PM
I spent the weekend camping at Middle Velma Lake, seen here:



As you can see there's a bit more snow around Tahoe, but its only on north-facing slopes - south-facing slopes have nothing. And, of course, its nothing like last year.

With the dry front having gone through visibility was stellar - here's Lake Tahoe from the slopes above the trail crest at Maggies:



Sadly, that front brought a chilly east wind at Middle Velma, so I didn't get to go swimming. With all the rock islands...I'll have to go back with warmer weather.

More pictures here.
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avatar Re: Middle Velma Lake (Desolation Wilderness) Backpack
June 11, 2012 09:41PM
Thanks for the trip report and pictures. That lake looks great. And there is a lot more snow there than in Yosemite right now.
avatar Re: Middle Velma Lake (Desolation Wilderness) Backpack
June 13, 2012 01:51AM
Thanks for the trip report and the link to the excellent photos. Yup, definitely looks like there's a lot more snow up there than around Yosemite and the Southern Sierra.

How were the mosquitos? So far in Yosemite they've been very manageable, not too many at all.
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avatar Re: Middle Velma Lake (Desolation Wilderness) Backpack
June 13, 2012 06:53AM
Mosquitoes weren't too bad, but I did see clouds in a couple spots. I think the wind was holding them at bay, there's plenty of standing water around.
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