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Echo Lakes Hiking Trail

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Echo Lakes Hiking Trail

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Dave L wrote a review Sep 2019
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Lots of pretty wildflowers and not many people north of Lake Aloha. I had Clyde Lake all to myself the first night, then only one other person the second night. Water taxi can be used to skip the first few miles of trail along Lower and Upper Echo Lakes. Costs $15 each way. No reservations needed for the taxi, but a wilderness permit is needed for overnight camping. Get the permit ahead of time on line. There are limits on how many people can camp in any given area per night, so plan ahead. Even day hiking needs a permit, but that can be obtained without a reservation at the trail head, using a form you fill out yourself and then carry with you.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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C-Z-1982 wrote a review Aug 2019
Reno, Nevada733 contributions150 helpful votes
The hike itself (take the Pacific Crest Trail) can be 6 miles or 3.5 miles (both one way) if you decide to take a boat/water shuttle ($15 one way) across Echo Lake. Actually recommended! From the north-side of Echo Lake, the trip is strenuous, going upwards (600 feet elevation) and lots of rocks. The first two-thirds is exposed to the sun, after that some shelter from trees. I would suggest starting early so as to minimize being expose to the sun midday. Once you have arrived however, you are 'in heaven'. Lake Aloha is a large lake/reservoir (8,116 feet) located in Desolation valley (Sierra Nevada Range) that is 'raw' in its beauty. The scenery is spectacular, the water crystal clear, and the silence rejuvenating. There are plenty of spots to sit down, relax, and swim. Many people will camp, but we did it as a day-trip and it was one of the more memorable ones we did this year.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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group2001 wrote a review Aug 2019
California99 contributions47 helpful votes
Upper and Lower Echo Lakes near South Lake Tahoe are beautiful. You'll probably start at Echo Chalet located on Lower Echo Lake. One short hike idea is to hike 2.5 miles to Upper Echo and take the water taxi back. Or take the water taxi, dropoff at Upper Echo, and hike back. Water taxi runs from about 8am-5pm. Costs $15 (prices raised) and they accept credit cards. If you're at Upper Echo Lake, look for the small shed near the dock. There's a genuine payphone in there! But next to it is a no-cost phone that rings directly to the water taxi base at Echo Chalet, so you can tell them to send the taxi. But I've heard this phone goes down at times, so you might want to bring a few quarters just in case.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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SCfish wrote a review Jul 2019
Simpsonville, SC220 contributions64 helpful votes
Wanted to see this lake and enjoy a walk or hike while enjoying the views. This trail did not disappoint. The first uphill trek takes ones to overlooks to the Tahoe basin. The view is similar to what one sees when driving into a Tahoe on Hwy 50. The rock formations, uniquely shaped trees, and lovely lake with mountain backdrop was a wonderful outing for our family.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Stephanie471 wrote a review Jan 2019
Evanston, Illinois6 contributions6 helpful votes
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 off trail, etc. Three members of my family were unknowingly bit by ticks. It’s been a nightmare, to say the least. We are 99.99% sure we were bit on this hike at Echo Lake. It’s a beautiful hike. Just be totally aware of your surroundings, wear long pants and socks pulled over the bottoms of your pants, bug spray and do frequent tick checks. Do not mess around. It’s a gigantic deal if you get bit.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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