• Activities:

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

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  • Season:

    Year Round

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  • RT Distance:

    5 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    688 Feet

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Food Nearby
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

Pack List

  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • Warm layers (winter)
  • Snowshoes or nordic skis (winter)
  • Water
  • Snack
  • Camera
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