hiking
snow
5 hours ago

I did this hike May 30th, 2020. It was pretty dry on the hike around Echo Lake. Once you get to the intersection to Lake of the Woods there is Snow from there on out. The the Lake of the Woods has no snow in it, but when you get to Lake aloha, there is still patches of snow and ice floating in the water. there was so many amazing views on the way. I highly recommend it.

hiking
muddy
off trail
rocky
snow
3 days ago

Passed Echo lakes trail becomes small streams as the snow melts. Upper elevations still snow covering parts of the trail. PCT/TRT to Lake of the Woods trail at times was covered with snow so you are on your own. Not hard to make it to the lake without. Bring your Gortex boots they will get wet.

This area is beautiful, desolation wilderness and all of it offers including the boat ride and some of the trails — it’s very scenic. Extremely rocky and lakes . the landscape, making for an outdoor adventure unlike many others. There can be a lot of people, so be prepared. Great swimming opportunities and maybe some fishing

backpacking
rocky
snow
7 days ago

Amazing trail! Our group did an overnight stay in Lake Tamarack and Lake Aloha. The trail to Tamarack was rocky with slight incline, but scenic and rewarding .After passing Lake Tamarack thats when the snow begins. As of 5/28/20 the rest of the trail towards Aloha is packed with melting snow so highly recommend taking the Lake of the Woods route because of easier and drier trail. Lake Aloha is still very much frozen but its still just as gorgeous and captivating. Will definitely head back at the end of summer to swim the lake!!

hiking
snow
10 days ago

Beautiful trail with lots of scenic views. The trail has quite a bit of snow run off, so be prepared to get your shoes wet. We made it to the Lake of the woods split before turning back due to snow- we kept falling through and the trail was tricky to follow. We headed back & camped at Lake Tamarack which was pretty much snow free. Would do again!

hiking
muddy
11 days ago

I hiked this trail Memorial Day, 5/25/20 I started this hike at noon. The parking lot was full. I parked on HWY 89 and crossed over to catch the TH. The trail is well maintained. There is still plenty of snow melt streaming down from the mountain. When I reached the shore of the lake, I continued on the footpath to the right around the lake to the waterfall. Lovely place to rest and eat lunch! Only a few others lakeside. Some cyclists on the trail, but all were courteous to my hiking. Flowers are not in bloom as of yet. Big Meadow is muddy in some spots, but overall beautifully green. 7.1 miles round trip, approx 1,000’ elevation gain. Love this hike in the Fall as well! Enjoy!

hiking
snow
11 days ago

The trail is snow free until the intersection to head down to Lake of the Woods. After that it is basically 100% woods. You don’t need snowshoes, but they can help. My feet stayed dry the whole time in ankle high waterproof boots. Lake Aloha and Lake of the Woods are both completely frozen still. If you’re planning to camp at Aloha, you get your choice of snow or a big flat rock.

so beautiful!

hiking
icy
13 days ago

hiking
icy
muddy
off trail
rocky
snow
13 days ago

hiking
snow
14 days ago

Hiked 5/22 a few days after last snow storm. Trail had a snow melt running down it when not covered by snow. Trail clear of snow along Echo Lakes, patchy snow thereafter until shortly after Tamarack Lake when everything was covered. We made it to just under a mile before Aloha before having to turn back. We were hiking in trail runners and using poles. It was a beautiful hike, well worth the effort.

snowshoeing
snow
16 days ago

Hiked/Snowshoed in to Lake Aloha on Thursday, 21 May. Many people turned back due to post-holing. Recommend snowshoes if you want to attempt this hike for awhile still.

hiking
icy
muddy
off trail
rocky
scramble
snow
19 days ago

Okay so before went I couldn’t find a legit review of the trail conditions so here it is!!! The first half of the trail is small rivers of delightful snow melt so you are pretty much walking through water the whole time- this is great until you get to the snow. Which there is endless amounts of until you get to Lake Aloha. The snow ranges from hard packed to knee deep, slippery and icy, and totally hollow underneath and you can def fall through that. Keep in mind you are probably going to end up with wet feet (waterproof boots or not). A pair of gaiters would have been ideal but I didn’t realize how much snow we were getting ourselves into so we got what we prepared for! The trail isn’t visible so make sure you give yourself plenty of day light to follow the tracks it will take you right there. We did keep an eye on the map though. When you get to Lake Aloha the views are breathtaking but it is still pretty much entirely frozen, and there is just about nowhere to camp off the snow unless you pick a rock but then you are directly in the wind. We chose the snow. But we had wet wet boots and it was a bit precarious trying to pee and let the boots dry out/who wants to put half frozen boots back on. Maybe an extra pair of shoes would be ideal next time. I was wishing I had brought my down booties for sure. The weather wasn’t ideal this weekend- a lot of sleet, rain, and wind so keep an eye on the weather because that was a long haul. Also it was cold! Cold cold. Insulated sleeping pad and my 15 degree down sleeping bag (with layers) was still pretty chilly. Overall gorgeous but 10/10 recommend waiting till the world above echos lakes thaws out unless you want to do some wet footed winter camping! Hope this helps! Stay safe out there!

hiking
icy
muddy
off trail
rocky
scramble
snow
20 days ago

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