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Hike and peak-bagging expedition to Dicks Peak from the Glen Alpine Trailhead, Desolation Wilderness Area, Tahoe National Forest, near Fallen Leaf Lake. Dicks Peak (9974 ft elev.) is on the Tahoe OGUL Peak List. A portion of the route from below Gilmore Lake to Dicks Pass is via the Pacific Crest Trail/Tahoe Rim Tral. The spur trail to Gilmore Lake is a short sidetrip.  Class 1 hiking trails except for a  class 2 scramble on final ascent with a short difficult section near 38.9018N,120.1479W—difficult at least on the misleading use trails I happened to follow. Probably staying close to the top of the spine of the ridge is best (between the chute with loose gravel on the left[south] and the ledges and steeper walls on the right[north]). Great 360 view of Desolation Wilderness and Lake Tahoe from the top.

Trailhead: From Highway 89, take Fallen Leaf  Road 5.5 miles to its end near Lily Lake and Glen Alpine Springs.  Fallen Leaf Road is paved but narrow, single-lane with pullouts in the upper portion.  Wilderness permit required (same-day registration at the trailhead for day use). The trailhead is busy in summer with limited parking, so arrive early. 2 hours from Reno.

Statistics:
14.15 mi (6.13 mi uphill, 6.13 mi downhill, 1.81 mi flat)
3470 ft total ascent – 15.9 % uphill grade, 56.6 % downhill grade
8:07:40 total time (6:53:47 moving, 1:13:53 stopped)
0:29:14 pace (2.1 mph average speed)
29.4 difficulty, 53.9 effort