Lake Aloha Trail

MODERATE 111 reviews
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Lake Aloha Trail is a 14.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near South Lake Tahoe, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
14.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2132 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

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rocky

A long hike from Echo Lake past several lakes to a great swimming spot in Lake Tahoe's beautiful Desolation Wilderness The hike to Lake Aloha is the ultimate day hike in Desolation Wilderness. The trail is fairly flat for most of the hike, with only two sections of significant elevation gain, and you will pass by 5 lakes in under 12 miles round trip. After a hot day of hiking there is no better way to relax than with a swim in beautiful Lake Aloha where you can spend hours swimming from island to island. This trip can easily be extended to an overnight backpacking trip with a stay near Lake Aloha. Make sure to call ahead to the El Dorado Ranger Station to reserve a wilderness permit ($5 plus $5/person per night). You may find the area so remarkable that you will want to stay longer--it's hard to see all its beauty in such a short amount of time. For day hikes, fill out a day permit so that people know where you are in case anything goes wrong.

hiking
3 days ago

Honestly I didn't hike the whole thing but what I did hike was pretty easy and it seemed really popular for people with dogs.

backpacking
4 days ago

hiking
5 days ago

Beautiful hike!! A little steep and rocky by Lake Tamarack but not bad. Breathtaking views! Lake Aloha is absolutely AMAZING! I will be returning. Water taxi is convenient and $14 per person one way. Don't forget mosquito repellent.

hiking
6 days ago

One of the most beautiful hike I've done but the busiest too. The trail is very rocky and it did gave us a workout. Definitely not for beginners. Hiking poles were a big help especially going downhills back to echo lake. Lake Aloha is gorgeous. I must go back there again but with at least one night of stay.

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backpacking
12 days ago

Gorgeous area but HEAVILY USED TRAILS. This is neither 'desolate' or really 'wilderness' - you will see more people than birds/animals - so go prepared to visit a nice recreation area open to hikers and backpackers but don't expect a John Muir type experience.

Backpacked the first week in August and spent most time off-trail to get away from the crowds. Probably saw 150 people (most of them day hikers) between Echo Lake and Aloha Lake. Crowds get thinner the further you move away from Aloha (heavier again when you travel towards Lake Tahoe).

If you visit while there is still run-off from the snow, calculate having extra ponds (as well as snowy slopes) to navigate around off-trail. For example the area south of Aloha down to Pyramid Lake had many ponds that did not show up on the topo maps.

12 days ago

backpacking
15 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

First backpacking trip with our dog and she loved it! Beautiful view once you get to the lake. If you're camping, be sure to bring bug repellant for the mosquitos.

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hiking
19 days ago

This hike was amazing. We started at Echo Lakes and made our way to Lake Aloha. It was not too challenging, but definitely a great workout! The weather was perfect. We got there around 7:15 and made it to the lake by 9:30. Spent time swimming and eating...then hiked back! We did take the water taxi...I got overruled...but it was a VERY nice ride! Got to learn a bit more about the lakes also...it is $14 one way though, so beware! I would recommend this hike to everyone! It's amazingly beautiful.

hiking
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backpacking
25 days ago