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Echo Lakes Hiking Trail

Johnson Pass Road, NV
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Type: Hiking Trails
Activities: Hiking
Description: This easy to moderate hiking trail passes Lower and Upper Echo Lakes as well as many other lakes.
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

On July 4th when all the traffic is headed to Lake Tahoe, we backtracked a bit back up 50 to get to Echo Lake. The little "resort" has a store and we got a yummy turkey sandwich and fruit milkshake before the hike. Mmmmmm. It was a very warm day, but there are some shady spots on the hike which... More

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Walnut Creek, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

Beautiful lake and hiking trail. We stopped here on our way back to the Easy Bay. It was worth the short drive down a scary one way lane road.

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Sacramento, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

Although I lived only 1 1/2 hours away from Echo, I have never been hiking up here. Wow, now I know what I've been missing! We left Sacramento just after 9:30 am on a Saturday and with one quick bathroom stop halfway there, we arrived to almost a full parking lot. Luckily, we managed to find a good place to... More

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Reno, NV
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61 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2012

Echo Lakes are easily accessed by car a short distance south of Lake Tahoe. At the lakeside resort (somewhat overstated, it's pretty basic) you can take a shuttle boat through lower and upper Echo Lakes, with pretty views, and then walk the Tahoe Rim Trail to the gorgeous Lake Aloha, about 3.5 miles one way of fairly easy hiking. Nice... More

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Saint Louis, MO
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5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2011

We took the water taxi and planned to follow the trail to Aloha Lake. AFter following the markers toward Aloha we came upon one that did not show Aloha, so we took the trail to the left that appeared to be less traveled than the others. After following this trail for only a few hundred yards we came upon a... More

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Boston, MA
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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2011

What a lovely spot! Awe inspiring views and lovely cool lake swimming. Take the boat over and hike back, you won't regret it. And then on to Tahos!

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San Francisco, California
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10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2011

2.9 miles easy hike along Echo Lake and you can even return by water taxi for $10 pp. If you're really adventuresome you can return on the 'other' side of the lake along unmaintained trails to return to the dock area. Renters have to boat in to lodgings. It's hard to get a rental, they are passed along generations. It's... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2003

Echo Lakes is only a few miles from my house and, despite the super abundance of hiking trails in the part of the Sierra, it is on of my favorite places in the world. The trail is a moderately rolling, somewhat rocky trip along the Tahoe Rim Trail towards the Desolation Wilderness. There's an excellent trail guide at the trailhead.... More

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