Wrights Lake Camping September 2018

Kate, the dogs, and I took the 2.5 hour drive to Wrights Lake in mid-September.  The last couple miles is a very narrow road making it impossible for two cars to pass without driving off the road.  The first time we came here with our new Class A, last year, it was a bit harrowing but this time no so bad as my confidence with the vehicle has improved.  Any situation can be resolved as long as everyone is going slow enough.

We had hardly anyone near us in the campground.  Only about six other campers in the whole place, so very peaceful.  Also, no camphost and only $10 per night.  We brought the inflatable SeaEagle kayak because it is a bit of a walk to get to the lake, and unlike other lakes where we feel comfortable leaving our kayaks on shore overnight, this was a bit too distant for that.  Also its rather a small lake, although quite beautiful.

The walk around the lake is about 2.75 miles and Ben did it just fine.  He really enjoyed in, in fact.  I like walking by the unique cabins on the lake.  I would love to own one of those but they are extremely hard to get.  Generally passed on through family.

Because of Ben’s old age we weren’t able to enjoy the best part of Wrights Lake and that is the hiking into Desolation Wilderness.  We’ve done it before hiking up to the 8,000 foot level into the granite and it’s definitely one of our favorite hikes.  Ben and Biggs both hiked up there with me seven years ago and it was truly amazing with all the crystal clear water running over the granite.  Some photos from that trip are here.  Actually this time we even stayed in the same camp site, #27.

Author: Geoff

Quick rundown: Grew up in Lombard, Illinois, went to Arizona State University, worked as a CPA with Arthur Andersen & Co, then Laventhal and Horwath, then Rolling Stones, then Heron International, then Goodby Berlin and Silverstein in San Francisco. Moved to the foothills in 1990 and traded futures and designed websites. Married to Kate Stewart, now living in Colfax, CA. We have six grandchildren. I enjoy camping in our RV, hiking, kayaking, fishing, droning and cross country skiing Also conga drumming, photography and dogs.