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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RT Distance 5 Miles
Elevation Gain 688 Feet
Activities Chillin, Camping, Snowshoeing, Backpacking, Hiking, Fitness, Rock Climbing
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Food Nearby
Swimming Hole

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Nearby Adventures

More Nearby Adventures

Backpack to Lake Aloha

You'll start the hike at the Echo Lakes trailhead, just off of Highway 50 in Lake Tahoe.

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Explore the Alpine Lakes of Desolation Wilderness

This incredible hike offers you the opportunity to visit the heart of desolation without climbing more than about 600 feet of elevation. Begin at the boat taxi at Lower Echo Lake.

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Through-Hike from Lower Echo Lake to Mt. Tallac

This hike can be done as a backpacking trip or as I did it, a full day through hike. There are a number of ways to accomplish this. First you start by driving away from Lake Tahoe on Highway 50.

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