Echo Lakes Trail is a 5.3 mile heavily 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: 5.3 miles Elevation Gain: 511 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

This is a great trail for anyone that is looking for a moderately challenging, incredibly scenic, and dog-friendly hike in South Lake Tahoe. During the winter, it makes for a wonderful snowshoe trip. Views throughout the trail are fantastic.

hiking
1 day ago

My daughter and I hiked this trail this afternoon. It was around 80 degrees with clear blue skies. The trail is well maintained. There were fewer people than when we hiked here last year. Everyone was practicing social distancing. There are plenty of places to step off the trail to give people going the opposite direction or passing at least 6 feet of space. It was always a good opportunity to take in the spectacular views. Everyone was extremely courteous. The restrooms, which are at the trailhead/parking lot were unlocked but are not being maintained by the Forest Service due to COVID-19. There is no paper. We did not encounter any problem with insects.

hiking
muddy
rocky
3 days ago

road biking
5 days ago

It was raining a little too hard to do the whole trail. It’ll have to attempt again in Better weather or at least warmer clothes.

hiking
muddy
rocky
6 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

Really fun hike we didn’t get to complete the whole thing but had a great time. Some muddy spots but nothing to worry about.

hiking
flooded
snow
10 days ago

This is a beautiful trail. We went out on Saturday (May 23rd) and hiked from the parking lot to Ralston Peak as an out and back. I love this trail however, right now the majority of the trail is running water and once you get past that, it’s all snow. The last 2.5 miles from the trail up to Ralston was complete snow coverage but pretty easy to follow the foot prints to the summit. The running water can get tiresome. By the time I got back to the parking lot both boots and socks were soaked. Echo Lakes are gorgeous right now and Tamarack is still frozen over. If you push on, Lake in the Woods is also still frozen and the views are unreal right now. Definitely recommend doing it just be aware you’ll be dealing with the snow and run off the majority of the trail.

hiking
rocky
11 days ago

great hike. relatively flat, but kinda rocky. certainly nothing too difficult at all, and the hike has a nonstop great view of echo lake. an awesome trail!

13 days ago

just a great trail with great lakes and beautiful scenery. what more can you ask for

hiking
icy
rocky
snow
20 days ago

hiking
icy
rocky
21 days ago

recorded Echo Lakes Trail

hiking
closed
muddy
snow
22 days ago

I would definitely recommend it but be sure you have proper hiking boots and gear. It’s icy and muddy this time of year. With the closures, you have to hike an extra few miles to get in. Be safe!

hiking
25 days ago

So peaceful...

hiking
27 days ago

Gorgeous hike, still a bit of snow to avoid but nothing too major. Parking lot was still closed but possible to park a 15 min walk away down the hill

hiking
snow
30 days ago

Went yesterday and there was snow blocking the roads partway in. Parked on the side of the road as did a few other cars. 15 min walk down to the trail starting point. The first half of the trail is very dry and rocky, the second half had patches of snow and runs offs from the snow melt. Bring waterproof hiking shoes and sun screen!

hiking
1 month ago

Always an awesome trail. Wasn’t able to park near the start point so we had to hike in snow for half a mile more. It was all worth it. The upper lake is still frozen tho.

hiking
icy
snow
1 month ago

Loved this trail! Still had a fair amount of snow the first mile but nothing too difficult, rest of the trail was clear until the last half mile then a little more snow. Views were incredible the whole way through! Will definitely do again!

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful trail. You just have to get past some snow!

1 month ago

Amazing view of the water the whole trail. Tired after a few miles? No prob, call the boat taxi from the phone provided and they will come pick you up! There is a little store and I think some cabins at trail head. Took both kids, ages 7 and 11. Can't wait to come back!

snow
1 month ago

Went in early February. Snowshoed in. awesome views along the way and lake was frozen. Definitely a good workout.

hiking
snow
2 months ago

Stayed on East ridge until too steep. Mostly stayed on the lakes.

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rocky
snow
3 months ago

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