Echo Lake to Emerald Bay via Pacific Crest Trail

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Echo Lake to Emerald Bay via Pacific Crest Trail is a 18.5 mile point-to-point trail located near Echo Lake, California that features a lake. The trail is rated as difficult offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
18.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3218 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

forest

lake

views

wildlife

bugs

muddy

backpacking
2 months ago

We went out and back, Saturday - Monday. 1st day ~15mile to Dick's Lake. 2nd day ~15 miles to Emerald Bay and back to Gilmore Lake. 3rd day ~ 10 miles back to Echo Lake.

A majority of the trail is made of pebbles or rocks half the size of one's boot. This made for an uneven surface and was hard on the feet by the end of our trip.

Wildflowers all over the trail, especially when approaching Dick's Pass from the south side. The uphill back from Emerald Bay was hard and steep. We stopped at the bathrooms at the Emerald Bay vista point, and refilled water in Granite Lake.

The parking lot by the Echo Lake Chalet at the start of the trail was full, so we parked ~13minute walk away from the trailhead on the side of the road just South of the Berkley camp. A guy at the chalet said not to park on the side of the road where there is a red stripe.

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago