National Geographic Desolation and Granite Chief Wilderness Areas Topographic Map


Members get an estimated 10% back on this item as a part of your annual .

Members get an estimated 10% back on this item.
To buy,  sign in as an REI Co-op Member or join now.

If you want to explore more remote corners of the Sierra, the National Geographic Desolation and Granite Chief Wilderness Areas topographic map will aid in your trip-planning and hiking adventures.


  • Map covers Desolation and Granite Chief Wilderness areas which are tucked against the west shore of Lake Tahoe in the Sierra of California
  • Printed map is arranged so route finding within each wilderness area is as simple as possible
  • Entire Granite Chief Wilderness is shown on the front side of the map, and the Desolation Wilderness is shown on the back
  • Every trail is classed based on its use including hiking or equestrian, and each trail segment includes a distance so you know how far your travels will take you
  • Full UTM grid is printed on the map to aid with navigation
  • Printed on Backcountry Tough waterproof, tear-resistant paper

Made in USA.

From the publisher:
The two wilderness areas of Desolation and Granite Chief are tucked up against the west shore of Lake Tahoe in the Sierras of California. Despite their proximity to the shores of Lake Tahoe, the two wilderness areas offer remote trails that make their way deep into the backcountry.

The land that became Desolation Wilderness was once part of the Lake Tahoe Forest Reserve, established in 1899. In 1910, when the first tourists were beginning to make their way over the narrow dirt roads of Echo and Donner summits, the area was made part of the newly formed Eldorado National Forest. The area was named the Desolation Valley Primitive Area in 1931, and in 1969 Desolation Wilderness was congressionally designated and included in the National Wilderness Preservation System. The Desolation Wilderness is 63,960 acres of subalpine forests, glacial lakes and valleys, and granite peaks.

The Granite Chief Wilderness was designated a Wilderness area in 1984 because of its pristine nature, natural beauty, and primitive, non-motorized recreational opportunities.This 25,680-acre wilderness offers beautiful valley meadows and spectacular 9,000-foot granite peaks. The headwaters of the American River are located in the wilderness, where elevations range from 5,000 feet to 9,000 feet.
View the National Geographic Trails Illustrated Product LineView all National Geographic California Maps

Technical Specs

Best Use



State / Province


Folded Dimensions

9.25 x 4.25 inches

Unfolded Dimensions

37.75 x 25.5 inches

Map Scale


Double Sided





National Geographic

Copyright Year


Map Number


0 reviews

Loading Reviews...

Questions & Answers

Loading Questions...