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We loved this one! The trail is hard to follow but there is so many outcroppings to explore and climb you dont really mind losing the trail. There were enough people coming back to point us in the right direction.

This is my favorite trail that we hiked this year! I would definately do it again! It was strenuous but not to hard and so beautiful.

Great hike with beautiful views. The trail is well marked. The lake was amazing and had several great spots to fish or relax in the sun.

Beautiful hike! Very exposed and important to bring sunscreen. Lots of views of the lake. We went during the week in the afternoon and there was barely anyone else there. Took our dog down to the lake for a swim and didn’t see a soul! Water taxi no longer running for the season. But it’s a pretty easy hike with slow elevation gains.

this us one of my favorite places to go, especially if you climb to the top of the falls and hike back. it's like a little oasis. you never run out of exploring options.

Beautiful hike! Totally worth it, especially if you keep going above the falls to Avalanche Lake. The extended hike up to the lake is hard (climbing over boulders at a very steep incline). There are absolutely no trail markers which is why I gave it 4 vs 5 stars.

so fun!

awesome hike!!

Son and I tackled what we have been driving by for 20 years. You know you’re at the top when you find the lake. Absolutely breathtaking!

hiking
18 days ago

The trail was nice and relatively easy. Itself the trail would only be 2-stars. The treat was coming across the soda spring and circa 1900 resort at Glen Alpine Springs with cabins and other buildings designed by Maybeck.

Walking on rocks the entire time, not very scenic. This has to be one of the worse in Lake Tahoe

Beautiful hike! The trail is hard to follow but follow the water and you’ll be fine!. We were worried it would be overly crowded but it was perfect. We brought our dog (border collie) and she loved it. There are some steep parts, so be sure to wear shoes with a good tread.

hiking
22 days ago

Definitely recommend this hike with breath taking nature

This trail is terrible marked but the views make it worth it. You see several waterfalls. After you get so far with the water on your right.... head left up the hill and go as far as you want. The Granite stone is gigantuous and can be overwhelming. But you will never see anything like it again.

Heads up. The lake is low so the water taxi will likely be closing before the usual date of Labor Day. Call the Echo Chalet ahead of time if the water taxi option is important to you

Very nice but the trail can be hard to find at times. Definitely worth the trek in.

Terribly marked. Fairly easy. Pretty crowded on weekend. We arrived at lot around 945am and got one of last parking spots. Great views.

hiking
28 days ago

Trail poorly marked but as long as you keep river to the right of you as you ascend to waterfall you will be ok. Nice spots along the way to enjoy the river. The waterfall is beautiful!

hiking
1 month ago

Did this trail on 8/20/18 and it was fairly easy to hike and beautiful. There are several places safe enough and deep enough to swim in. Took my 4 year old daughter and she loved it.

There is no true end to this hike I decided to turn back around when I realized the trail got too steep and difficult to navigate with my 4 year old.

Parking gets pretty full after 9:30 AM so be early.

This is a must do hike when the waterfall is flowing strong! The trail can be pretty unmarked at times, but it was never difficult to find which way to go. Just keep the river on your right side going in. The trail has minimal shade, but is very scenic the entire length, with huge granite faces and cliff-sides. The waterfall is breathtaking and there are some great pools to swim in for those who are willing to brave the cold water. The hike was not difficult, but I can see it being a possible problem if bringing dogs, due to the rocks towards the end of the route.

1 month ago

Beautiful views, moderately challenging, a good workout.

hiking
1 month ago

Overall nice trail. Some great spots to go swim. Although it is more than moderately trafficked, on a Monday it was a busy trail. I can’t imagine the weekends.

Beautiful hike, not terribly well marked, but easy to find your way up to the falls if you’ve got a sense of adventure.

very enjoyable

Absolutely amazing! Stunning views and plenty of places to stop and just relax next to the falls! I highly recommend it!

Beautiful views and waterfalls! The trail was tough to follow at a couple spots. watch for logs and rocks that help guide you. We started about 8:30 am. By the time we were heading down it had gotten pretty crowded, but the way up was peaceful.

hiking
1 month ago

This hike is very beautiful with lots of trees, places near the river to rest, and of course the waterfall. The trail is poorly marked but there is a dirt path that starts from the Tahoe basin sign that first directs you into the parking lot and that leads all the way up. Lots of granite slabs to climb, and if you lose the trail, it's mostly fine as long as you aim towards the waterfall. Along the way you should pass the desolation wilderness trailhead, and that trail is fairly easy to follow.

Stars go mostly to the lake that is kind of a secret gem. Very few people, very calm and pretty views. The trail is so easy. I’d recommend to run it and then enjoy the lake (in summer)

on Echo Lakes Trail

hiking
1 month ago

This is an amazing hike. I went out and back from echo lake trailhead to tamarack lake in 4 hours. It’s a hell of a hike without much shade. There aren’t any steep climbs but don’t expect a nice dirt trail as it’s mostly rocks. Nice views along echo lake.

Beautiful terrain that vacillated between forested shade and granite slabs to bouldering cascades at the top.

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