Hike the Echo Lake Trail

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Distance

5 Miles

Elevation Gain

688 Feet

Activities

Chillin, Camping, Snowshoeing, Backpacking, Hiking, Fitness, Rock Climbing

Skill

Beginner

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Food Nearby
Forest
Lake
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife
Swimming Hole

The Echo Lakes Trail is a 5 mile out and back trail in South Lake Tahoe.

The Echo Lakes Trail goes through California's Desolation Wilderness and features incredible views. This trail is rated as moderate, and is best for excited beginners or intermediate hikers. This hike takes roughly 3.5-4 hours. Dogs are allowed on trail if kept on leash. The trail is best used from April - October, but is accessible via snowshoes or cross-country skis in the winter. 

Photos: Christian Abrallo and David Keng

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

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Distance

5 Miles

Elevation Gain

688 Feet

Activities

Chillin, Camping, Snowshoeing, Backpacking, Hiking, Fitness, Rock Climbing

Skill

Beginner

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

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