Echo Peak Loop Trail

HARD 13 reviews

Echo Peak Loop Trail is a 7.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Echo Lake, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November.

7.5 miles
1738 feet



nature trips


trail running





wild flowers




no dogs

1 day ago

I love this hike! It's a pretty strenuous hike but so worth it! The views at the top are spectacular!

8 months ago

Started at the south end of Lower Echo Lake at around 10am. Took the PCT to Spring Trail to make it to the Peak. Spring Trail is fairly steep until you get to Echo Peak Trail and a bit hard to navigate. There are some flat steep rocks you have to climb. Watchout for wet spots. They are like ice. The Alltrails map is very handy here. The view at that junction is great. Going onto Echo Trail, it starts to flatten out. The Peak is wonderful and well worth the hike. I returned via the spring trail again since is was fresh in my head. I again didn't have enough water. About 40oz for me and the same for my wife. Ran out of water half way back. Ugh! Next time, 2 liters each! I hate being thirsty and its unsafe. I liked the hike due to its diversity in technical skill. At the top, the skies were completely clear and the view is wonderful. I am a very novice hiker and now can't wait to do more!!!

10 months ago

Absolutely stunning views from the top at Echo Peak! The highest point is approximately 8900ft elevation. It's a tough hike over technical terrain, good hiking boots/shoes are a must and waterproof too right now. Also strongly suggest taking a GPS map because the trail is easy to lose once you turn off the PCT and head upwards. Alltrails Pro came in really handy on this one!

I did the loop in a counter-clockwise direction, and leaving the peak heading back down the mountain to the SW there are still many large areas of snow. Totally passable as of July 9, but it's impossible to track the trail visually in spots due to all the snow and water running down. Triangle Lake trail had a stream running down most of the trail also. The app tracked my hike at 8.5 miles and 1900ft elevation gain.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Did this in May 2016. Spectacular views. Lost the trail in the snow but you just head up - the top is easy to find.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Did this loop (counter-clockwise) in early May 2016. Great hike for this time of year, as the front half of the loop is south-facing. The road to Echo Chalet was still closed due to snow, so we had to park at the sno-park right off the 50 (Parking permits available at the general store in Strawberry). This added about 2 miles to the trip.

In early May there were still decent sized patches of snow on the front-half of the trail. Once you get to the top of Lower Echo Lake the trail essentially disappears, so we just followed one of the many streams up up up. At the right turn on Spring Trail, the trail itself was under a few feet of snow, so we headed up the granite in the general direction of the ridge line. You don't need a trail in this section really as there is only one way you can possibly go (up). Some large patches of shallow snow dotted the ridge line, until the final half mile, where the snow disappears and the trail to the summit becomes visible. We could not find a register at the summit. (Safety note: snow on the leeward side (toward Lake Tahoe) of the ridge is likely to be unstable and it's a long way down. Stick to the rocks).

The back half of the loop (west-facing) was under 3+ feet of snow the entire way down (you could ski this). This helped to level out the steep sections of rock underneath as well as provide some shock absorption on descent. Watch for snow bridges between trees and above running water, the few collapses we had were more funny than painful, but your mileage may vary. The snow on the back half also means there is no trail to follow, so bring a topo/compass or a gps unit.

Five stars, this one was an adventure for sure.

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