Ralston Lake via Pacific Crest Trail

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Desolation Wilderness

Ralston Lake via Pacific Crest Trail is a 8.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Echo Lake, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length8.1 miElevation gain961 ftRoute typeOut & back
CampingFishingHikingNature tripsBird watchingDog friendlyLakeViewsWaterfallwild-flowersWildlifeRockySnowNo shade
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Brigitte Mullin
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Did this trail today. No one on it. Road to trail head was icy so you need a car with all wheel drive if possible. Trail was icy, slippery and beautiful. If you have right gear you will enjoy it. Our dogs loved it!! I fell a few times but loved it overall.

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Rafael Maciel
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Barbara S
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Too many loose rocks for my liking.

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Debbie Kao
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Awesome, beautiful!

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Kathy Fanning
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Emily Hale
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Gorgeous views! Three lakes, lots of trees, and some people.

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Jarrett Tabor
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Jay Cady
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Ryan Moore
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Dolores Franke
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Jennifer Celio
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Afsha Nazim
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Beautiful vistas. Lots of backpackers. Ending the hike at Tamarac lake was rewarding.

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Zach Rutledge
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Courtney LeJeal
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Gorgeous trail with interesting terrain. Well maintained. Prepare for rocks/climbing. We also met Dennis the chipmunk at Tamarack, as well as two moochy ducks. We named them Dorinda and Daniel. We tapped at 9 miles total, so the mileage might be a little off.

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Kwang Oh
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Rashad Mosley
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Great hike. Definitely moderate, didn’t make it to aloha cause of the pup. Stopped at Lake Tamarack and enjoyed the serenity. Will be back for more!

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Luis Gael Jimenez
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Great views the entire length of this trail. Definitely some rocky sections that kick your ass, but it’s worth as both Tamarac and Upper Echo lake are usually pretty secluded. One of the most naturally beautiful spots one could ever hike in.

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Jarrett Tabor
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Arlene Hankins
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Ponyo Ceaeser
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VERY TECHNICAL

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James Madewell
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Very few shady spots. Echo lake is beautiful. Go up early because the trail gets busier past noon. Cheers!

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Jiayi Liang
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Wear face covering for this extremely popular hike! Please also keep dogs on leash - the trail is narrow and rocky. Extremely crowded: on a Wednesday we encountered 5 groups of through hikers on our ascend (left the trailhead at 6:30a) and close to 100 hikers on the descent (9:35a-12:30p). The trail is about 20% shaded; with breeze the heat it bearable in the earlier half of the day. Mosquitos were more active in a few patches of trees. Overall: gorgeous view living to its fame yet definitely heavily trafficked. For our own enjoyment and for the consideration of others please wear face coverings during this special time.

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justin f
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Way to overcrowded for my liking. Most of the other hikers encountered looked like thru hikers, or section hikers with a decent amount of equipment. I saw where someone wrote kid friendly , don’t know if I’d agree, LOTS of places with really step drop off and slippery rocks. Also tons of dogs off leash even though it clearly states to keep dog on leash. Out of the 20 or so dogs seen, none were on leash, luckily all seemed friendly and well trained. Other than that, there were nice views. Went thru 2 liters of water water in 9.5 miles, and it was only 75 degrees or so, next time I’d bring 3 liters for sure. So when you think you have enough, add a little extra. So many other places to go without other people, from now on I hope to stick with those. Good luck to all you they hikers!!

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