Echo Lakes Trail

MODERATE 65 reviews

Echo Lakes Trail is a 5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near South Lake Tahoe, CA that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.0 miles 671 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

4 miles to lake tamarack about 3.5 hours out and back

hiking
21 days ago

Beautiful, and a nice challenge as well.

21 days ago

backpacking
23 days ago

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27 days ago

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hiking
1 month ago

Lake was very pretty and mountains are cool. Did this on a Monday and not very crowded. Would do it again.

1 month ago

Hiked it today started early a little cold always a great hike Walked all the way around upper echo and then back to Pct and back to truck lotta people on trail great time

2 months ago

It was fun and an amazing experienced for us. Great hike! It was the first hike for one of our friend and she loved it!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful views.

2 months ago

Easy hike along the lake. Pretty busy trail (we saw a ton of people) but nice lake views the entire time.

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2 months ago

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3 months ago

Gorgeous views. The trail is rocky but relatively flat. The toughest part is making sure you don't twist your ankle. We took the water taxi back and that was a treat. It shows a different perspective. Lovely and worth it.

hiking
3 months ago

Really enjoyed this trail. Mostly gradual inclines and flat areas, so it was great for my dog and I to go on our own. There was a thunderstorm while we were hiking, which made it even better!

hiking
3 months ago

Our family of all ages does this hike every year. It's beautiful. We picnic and swim in the upper lake. Can water taxi in and/or out which is great for bringing in coolers etc. You can rent kayaks, has a small store/ deli with ice cream! The kids love it at the end of the day. Closes at 5pm. Water taxi closed at 4:30. I recommend a hiking stick for unsteady people, a lot of uneven surfaces. Usually crowded. Bathrooms at the beginning of the trail. Must have your personal Kayak inspected ahead of time to bring it in Echo Lake.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful lake and granite trails, but crowded and noisy from all the boats.

3 months ago

My wife and I (and dog) went hiking here and loved it. Parking and bathrooms at the start are nice. The 2.5 mile hike in is overlooking he lake the whole way. Upper Echo lake was pretty empty when we were there (August) and the water was great for swimming. They have a water taxi there as well in case you don't want to hike back.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Great day!!!! The first hike we have done as a family. Our son is 7.5 and he made it to
Upper Echo Lake and back so kid friendly. Great views and nice people.