Top Adventures in Echo Lake

  • Hike the Echo Lake Trail

    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...

    5 miles 688 ft gain

  • Backpack to Lake Aloha

    You'll start the hike at the Echo Lakes trailhead, just off of Highway 50 in Lake Tahoe. The trail meanders past Lower and Upper Echo Lakes, slowly gaining altitude as you pass a smattering of summer cabins. The climb is enough to make you feel i...

    12 miles 1000 ft gain

  • 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. The taxi costs $12/person each way and is $5 each-way for your furr...

  • Cross-Country Ski or Snowshoe to Ralston Peak

    This loop is best accomplished in 2 days, spending a night at either Ralston, Tamarack, or Cagwin Lake. Although this route is similar to hiking Ralston Peak in the summer, the trails are completely covered by snow so solid navigation skills are n...

  • Backpack to the "Waterfall Camp" in Desolation Wilderness

    Although this hike can be done as a day hike, it is an awesome place to camp. There is a lot to explore and you will want to spend as much there time as you can. The easiest way to start this hike is to start at the Echo Lakes. There is ample park...

    10.5 miles 840 ft gain

  • Hike to Jabu Lake in Desolation Wilderness

    Although this hike can be done as a day hike, there are incredible camping spots near the lake. The easiest way to start this hike is to start at the Echo Lakes. There is ample parking above the marina and you even have the option of taking a wate...

  • Ski Ralston Peak

    Ralston Peak is a classic south Lake Tahoe backcountry skiing and snowboarding area, and is excellent for hiking in the summer, too. Please note, however, that backcountry skiing and snowboarding is dangerous – make sure you know the conditions an...

  • Hike Flagpole Peak from the bottom of Echo Summit

    For this hike there are two places you can start from. One is at the Echo Lakes parking lot and the other is at the bottom of Echo Summit (where we started at). Parking at the gun tower at the bottom of Echo Summit you'll be looking right at the f...

    3.5 miles 1900 ft gain

  • Fish Angora Lakes

    Angora Lakes is a lake located just 6.5 miles from South Lake Tahoe. The upper lake has the best fishing for small trout. Because the water is so clear, they often only bite when the lake is shaded at dawn and dusk, and they go into lockjaw mode w...

  • Cliff Jumping Paradise

    If you choose to go cliff jumping, be safe and know your limits ahead of time. Don't feel like the big jump is your only option, there are lower jumps, especially across from the beach (only about 15ft. high). Angora Lake in Lake Tahoe is a easy 1...

  • Hike to Angora Lake

    You can drive to a trailhead 1.2 miles roundtrip to the lake. If you're looking for a longer out-and-back trail, you can head out from Fallen Leaf Lake. On a hot day it will definitely have you craving a dip into Angora Lake as soon as you reach y...

    1.2 miles 226 ft gain

  • Hike Glen Alpine Falls and Grass Lake

    Park your car at the Glen Alpine Trailhead adjacent to Lily Lake and southwest of Fallen Leaf Lake. Head west on Glen Alpine Creek Trail passing Lily Lake on your left. After a little over a mile and a half of trekking through the alpine forest an...

    5 miles

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