This hike provides a great tour of some of the best features of desolation wilderness. It is great for a 2-day, 1-night backpacking trip on a weekend or for a long day hike. All lakes along this hike are spectacular and are great for swimming. There are a number steep sections, particularly near the beginning and end of the hike, but the views make up for it.
- Middle Velma lake has more camping spots than the other lakes in this area.
- Make sure to get a wilderness permit for overnight camping from the ranger station before hiking.
- After wet seasons there can be a lot of mosquitos in this area, so come prepared with deet and quick reflexes.