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Hiking & Walking: California > Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit

Quick Facts

Echo Lakes Trail

Beginning Elevation: 7,420 Feet (2313.0 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 1,010 Feet (314.8 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 8,430 Feet (2627.8 Meters)
Length, One-way: 2.5 Miles (4.17 Kilometers) to the NW corner of Upper Echo Lake; Other Distances: 4 mi. to Tamarack; 5 mi. to Lucille and Margery; 5 mi. to Lake of the Woods; 6 mi. to Aloha

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General Description

This trail is located to the south of Lake Tahoe. See a variety of alpine lakes on this moderate trail. For a short walk, hike to the far end of Upper Echo Lake. A longer hike leads you to one of the many lakes farther down the trail. A boat taxi operated in the summer by Echo Lakes Resort cuts three miles off your trip. A nominal fee is charged for this service. A wilderness permit is required.

Directions from South Lake Tahoe: Take Highway 50 southwest to Echo Summit and turn onto Johnson Pass Road. Stay left and the road will lead you to the parking area by Lower Echo Lake.

Seasonal Information:
Recommended Season: Spring through Fall .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Desolation Wilderness
ICON Boating Boat Taxi
ICON Hiking & Walking Echo Lakes Trail
ICON Lakes & Reservoirs Echo Lakes
ICON Viewing Scenery This trail offers a variety of alpine lakes.
ICON Viewing Wildlife Lake Tahoe Basin

More Information

Visitor Information:

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, 870 Emerald Bay Road, Suite 1 , South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150, Phone: 530-573-2674


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