PCT: CA Section K - Echo Lake to Highway 80

HARD 17 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 a lake 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

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

snow

no shade

Permits are required in Desolation Wilderness.

hiking
19 days ago

10 months ago

This is a great section of the PCT with some nice views and alternate trails. The Warren Lake Trail splits from this trail rather quickly and is a hard but rewarding trail for those willing to work for some great views and quiet time!

backpacking
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

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
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

backpacking
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Monday, August 08, 2016

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.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

hiking
Saturday, July 16, 2016

hiking
Saturday, July 09, 2016

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
Thursday, July 07, 2016

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.

Monday, July 04, 2016

hiking
Monday, July 04, 2016

hiking
Monday, July 04, 2016

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

Sunday, June 26, 2016

hiking
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Great views and wild flowers.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

hiking
Sunday, May 04, 2014