PCT: CA Section K - Echo Lake to Highway 80

HARD 20 reviews
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PCT: CA Section K - Echo Lake to Highway 80 is a 61.2 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near South Lake Tahoe, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
61.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
12208 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dog friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

views

wild flowers

rocky

hiking
6 months ago

7 months ago

8 months ago

Great leisurely trail with wonderful views of the lake. Definitely go off the trail and explore.

backpacking
8 months ago

Finished this last week, “but in reverse “Went from North to South. There are some very challenging climbs, “as to be expected” and long days on the trial. The sites are amazing and the people I met were extremely friendly! I had gotten some blisters at the start which proved to be a challenge especially when there was a Backpacking taxi at the Barker Pass rest-stop that could have taken me into Tahoe for cheeseburgers and beer. I fought the urge and drove on. (Yea-Mountain house) The moon was getting brighter each evening and we hiked at night, if possible I highly recommend it, the trial is a bit dangerous for this activity as there are a lot of roots, rocks, and steps, etc. etc. But the experience was well worth it. As far a wild life I saw a coyote at drop off and tracks of deer or some kind of hoofed animal. I thought I saw what might be a print of a mountain lion but could be a dog or squirrel I mean how would I actually know….? The hike isn’t impossible for the average person; you will need to prepare for it. I have thought of the rating here and cant come up with what makes one trail hard to intermediate and or easy... This would be hard just by the length and the preparation required to be ready to go.

hiking
8 months ago

backpacking
9 months ago

9 months ago

Hiked this 8/7/2016. This was a great hike with tons of wild flowers along the trail. The best part is finishing at Aloha lake but was pretty cold for a swim.

9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Very scenic ,a lot of beautiful wildflowers lots of shade, mellow terrain as far as up and down but lots of rocks and interesting rock formations. Great views of Donner Lake at the very beginning of section 15 -scenic point. Several water features for your animals to hydrate

hiking
10 months ago

The terrain wasn't very difficult if you stay on the trail. Going off to see the lakes and the beautiful granite slabs is the best part so the bush-wacking adds to the difficulty. I live this trail, it's heart for hiking and running and you get beautiful views of Donner lake the whole way.

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike with nice vistas. A bit challenging and steep first mile then gets easier.

11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Great views and wild flowers.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

hiking
Sunday, May 04, 2014

hiking
Saturday, July 27, 2013

Did a night hike along Donner Summit side. Super fun and the night sky was amazing!

hiking
Monday, May 27, 2013

Nice long hike from the Boreal side to Donner Lake. It's a moderate hike but half way in there is a lot of scree. So if your wearing non hiking shoes, it may be a little rough on ankles and feet.