Echo Lake to Emerald Bay via Pacific Crest Trail

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Echo Lake to Emerald Bay via Pacific Crest Trail is a 18.1 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.

18.1 miles
3,382 feet
Point to Point

dogs on leash





nature trips







2 months ago

Wonderful hike - but be forewarned that the long stretches of sunny talus are especially hard on canine feet. We foolishly left the dog booties at home and had to ditch out early once we realized our pup was hurting. Seemed like most - maybe all? - dogs were struggling, even one dog who did have booties. A rookie mistake on our part.

That said, we did get to sleep at Aloha under a new moon coinciding with the peak of the Perseid meteor shower, so that was pretty special. The northern horizon was obscured, but plenty of diamond streaks overhead.

6 months ago

Echo Lake to Lake Aloha to Gilmore Lake to Dick’s Lake, exit Bayview Trail. This was a great summer trip with adults and twelve-thirteen year olds. Beautiful lakes, marmots, pika, osprey, and flowers in August.

6 months ago

Beautiful and a butt kicker! We did this as a point to point hike starting out at Echo Lakes parking lot and ending at Inspiration Point overlooking Emerald Bay (via the PCT/TRT and Granite Lakes TR).
The early morning start of the beautiful sunny day was clear but cold - my beanie and gloves came in handy!
The trail starts out on granite following along the Echo Lakes (where You'll see many private homes along the shoreline), then the trail takes you in/out of woods at Woods Lk and Lk Aloha. You then pass more beautiful pines, some wildflowers and a couple more alpine lakes (Heather and Susie Lks). I would suggest filtering water at Susie Lk, as the trail actually passes right next to it and Gilmore lake would take you .5 mile up and off trail. The next few miles are up, up, up and over Dicks Pass. Make sure to bring your camera!...and your trekking poles - as the descent from the 9,400' Pass will be hard on your knees.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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.

Sunday, August 13, 2017