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Be aware of a significant tick problem In this area

I’m giving the hike five stars for how beautiful it is. But be aware! Spent two weeks hiking in... read more

Reviewed January 18, 2019
Evanston, Illinois
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Beautiful HIke from Echo Lakes to Tamarack & Ralston Lake

Avoid weekends and arrive early to get space in the hiker parking lot. Then hike down the road to... read more

Reviewed October 13, 2018
Harold W
Upland, California
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This easy to moderate hiking trail passes Lower and Upper Echo Lakes as well as many other lakes.
Johnson Pass Road, NV
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Reviewed January 18, 2019 via mobile

I’m giving the hike five stars for how beautiful it is. But be aware! Spent two weeks hiking in Tahoe. It was beautiful and amazing. We were completely clueless about ticks, Lyme, etc. In hindsight, we were foolish hiking in shorts, t shirts, taking breaks...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed October 13, 2018

Avoid weekends and arrive early to get space in the hiker parking lot. Then hike down the road to the dock area. The boat-shuttle wasn't running when I was there at the end of August because the water level in the channel between the upper/lower...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Harold W
Reviewed July 8, 2018

On our way from Tahoe to Angel's Camp, we stopped for a partial hike along the lake and were rewarded with some beautiful scenery. The sun was strong but so was the breeze, so we did a bit, and sent the kids a bit further....More

Date of experience: June 2018
3  Thank 5inavan
Reviewed August 31, 2017

Very cool day hike, we did this in mid August. The hike is pretty easy for the most part, little elevation gain, most of the time you walk along lower echo lake and eventually reach the smaller lake, upper echo lake. This is a nice...More

Date of experience: August 2017
2  Thank Eduardo P
Reviewed July 14, 2017 via mobile

We took the boat from Echo Chalet across to trail then hiked back. Or you can hike and take boat back or hike out and back. It's $14 per person one way which is pretty spendy. Oh well! Great scenery!

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed November 13, 2016

We walked Echo Lakes on a bright and sunny, early November day. Apparently it gets crowded in the summer, but on the day we visited, we only met a few other people and pooches on the trail. In the summer, there is a water taxi...More

Date of experience: November 2016
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Reviewed October 15, 2016

After sitting in construction traffic attempting to get to Emerald Bay, we decided to head the opposite way to Echo Lakes trail. It was a crazy drive, hairpin turns, narrow roads, but led to a parking lot with restrooms and access to the Echo Lake...More

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Lisa627
Reviewed September 20, 2016

We decided to take the water taxi to upper lake and hike back to the chalet. It was a very nice and not difficult hike, with beautiful views of the lake along the way. There is some shade, especially in the beginning, but considerable exposure...More

Date of experience: July 2016
1  Thank Steven W
Reviewed August 12, 2016

Road is steep and narrow so cars have to pass slowly. Google maps told me I had arrived about a mile too early. You need to proceed up the hill, to right of Snow Park, then another mile past tent style cabins, then downhill until...More

Date of experience: August 2016
1  Thank G6595XPandread
Reviewed August 9, 2016

Unfortunately we drove there on a Sunday arriving about 10:30am to find that there was no parking available. We drove up and down the narrow road and through the parking lots twice, with no luck. We left in frustration and drove back to South Lake...More

Date of experience: August 2016
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