|Susie Lake with snow-covered parts of the Crystal Range in the far back|
To get to Susie Lake, follow Glen Alpine Trail from the trailhead at Lily Lake to its junction with Grass Lake Trail. Proceed on the 1.8-mile-long section of Glen Alpine Trail (Trail 17E08 in the map below) to the junction with the Lake Aloha/Gilmore Lake trail post. Up to this point the route is the same as described for the Half Moon Lake hike.
|Pond with lily pads next to Trail 17E32|
Veer left at the Lake Aloha/Gilmore Lake junction to follow the Lake Aloha direction (Trail 17E32 in the map). After passing various lily ponds, you will soon arrive at the 17E32/PCT-TRT junction (trail post shown on the left). Turn left (southwest) and descend to a beautiful meadow, which is densely covered with wildflowers including alpine tiger lilies. The first Susie Lake overlook is coming up soon. The PCT-TRT makes a half-circle around Susie Lake and then continues westward to Heather Lake and Lake Aloha. Susie Lake's shore allows for stunning views of Cracked Crag and Jack's Peak.
|Maroon-spotted flowers of alpine tiger lily|
|Map of Susie Lake and surrounding lakes and trails including Half Moon Lake Trail (17E31)|
More to explore about and around Susie Lake
- Susie Lake - Desolation Wilderness. Ted's Outdoor World. Link: tedmuller.us/Outdoor/Hiking/2009/090624-SusieLake.htm.
- Susie Lake - El Dorado County. Sierrafish. Link: sierrafish.com/lakes/susie-lake-dw/susie-lake-dw.php.
- A Must See! - Susie Lake and Susie Falls. Lake Tahoe All Access. Link: stephenberei.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/a-must-see-susie-lake-and-susie-falls/.
- Down from Dicks Pass to Susie Lake, Desolation Wilderness, Backpacking Tahoe to Whitney. YouTube. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szwGYffU-zI.