Echo Lakes Trail

MODERATE 111 reviews

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

DISTANCE
5.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
688 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

About 3.5 hours out and back

hiking
7 hours ago

Very nice hike that runs fairly close to a couple of beautiful lakes. We made at to the end of both echo lakes but turned just after due to water and snow hazards.

hiking
8 hours ago

11 hours ago

Beautiful hike and lake, and there is still a few patches of snow!!!

13 days ago

18 days ago

1 month ago

snowshoeing
1 month ago

We went on April 30. (5.6 miles total) Parked at the Sno-Park and snowshoed to lower Echo Lake. Tried to find the PCT, but no luck, as the snow is still deep. Trekked up to Flagpole Peak and back down, had lunch on the boat dock. Saw backpackers snowshoeing across the west side of the lake, but since the east side was starting to thaw, I didn't think it was a good idea for us to try. Hoping to get back soon, so we can get to upper Echo Lake.

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Great Hike,
In the winter you must park at the snow park and hike in. This added 1.2 miles each direction.
Heavy avalanche control bombing was going on and the Lake was frozen over. It was very cool to see frozen!
We decided not to brave the PCT trail due to the fresh snow and possible risk of avalanche.

4 months ago

4 months ago

snowshoeing
4 months ago

6 months ago

Breathtaking right from the start

7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful, and a nice challenge as well.

7 months ago

backpacking
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

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