Explore the most popular walking trails near Echo Lake with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
11 hours ago

This is a great trail, do to complications I only made it to the end of lake Echo and back. It would be an all day hike if I were to go to Lake Aloha around 6-8 hrs to walk there. Wish I could have made it but started too late.

The path from Lake Echo is very VERY, rocky so watch your step had a few people trip and sprang an ankle on this one, hiking poles are almost a must. If your not used to scaling the side of the mountain this trail is not a 2 person path it's narrow and almost no shade so wear some sun screen. I had 50 protection on and I still got burned lol. Start early so you can make it by lunch or so other wise when it gets dark out and you ....will....get...cold.

Beautiful views and great hike, this is a moderate hike/hard if you do not take the Ferry that will cut the hike to Lake Aloha down to 5 miles. $15 per person for the ferry.

hiking
2 days ago

Some great views of Lower and Upper Echo Lakes as well as plenty others. Aloha Lake is beautiful and we had no problem with the six miles there (closer to 13 miles round trip). However the trail is extremely rocky...schedule a foot massage for afterwards. Uneven and tricky trail made for a much less enjoyable trip back.

backpacking
3 days ago

Wow, what a location. Backpacked in with 3 boys ages 13,12,11. Fantastic hike, not too hard but hard enough for them to accomplish something cool. The lake is amazing, fantastic day hiking. Caught tons of trout. All the boys got big brook trout, more than enough for dinner.

on Lake Aloha Trail

hiking
6 days ago

Very beautiful hike! Some snow left but mostly melting. Water proof shoes recommended. Not a lot of shade so apply sunscreen. Aloha lake is beautiful right now with some snow left.

horseback riding
8 days ago

I would recommend an experience horse and rider on this trail, we were 15 minutes into the ride when we encountered granite as in the trail turned into granite and one of the horses slipped and fell maybe 40 feet below and stopped before going over. it took Cal Fire over 2 hours to extract the horse with the help of an equine veterinarian. If you don't like cliffs, this is not the ride for you.

backpacking
9 days ago

Just hiked this 3 days ago. The snow was melting quickly and made for some sketchy steps. Overall very nice backpacking location. Did well fishing Aloha as well. The only thing I would have done different is if you’re planning on bringing a dog consider bringing boots for them. The granite was tough on my pups feet after the hike up and out and a couple days at the Lake.

There is no trail between Dardanelles and Round. You will need GPS. We ended heading around to the back side of Round and connecting to the Pacific Rim Trail. Beautiful but challenging.

Left thinking I'd come up to echo lake to kayak. thought the hike was great. Very peaceful up at Aloha Lake. Yes, you are not alone out there. Plenty of people make the hike.

hiking
12 days ago

I hiked this on June 10. Still some snow from about the Woods Lake turn off, the snow is melting quickly from underneath so you need to take care not to post hole. The water from the melting snow is mostly running down the trail so expect to get your shoes wet and muddy. I took a left turn at the Aloha Lakes sign (past the Woods lake turn off), lost the trail had to use the GPS to find again. Would recommend going straight at that sign, trail much easier to follow. Aloha Lake is not longer frozen but still a lot of snow on the Crystal Range which makes for pretty scenery.

We did this on June 8th. Patches of snow on the PCT after lake of the woods crossing but easy to through. The trails are full of running water from the melt off around Aloha so waterproof shoes or extra socks recommended. Overall a gorgeous trail and great backpacking trip to take first timers too.

long and strenous, very easy to get lost due to knee-deep snow after mile 4. the views are magnificent!
would come back for overnight camping trip, not another day hike

Completed this hike yesterday. Decent amount of snow past the Lake of the Woods cutoff trail but easy to follow the trail with all of the foot traffic. Ton of people on the first section of the trail but thinned out after Tamarack Lake. Such a beautiful hike and Lake Aloha was gorgeous with snow still covering portions of it.

hiking
24 days ago

Beautiful views of both Echo lakes and Aloha, along with several other lakes. Aloha was partially frozen over and worth the hike through the snow.

backpacking
1 month ago

If you aren’t afraid to take a couple knee-deep steps into snow, keep going to Lake Aloha. The last 1.5-2 miles is snow, but I did it in my trail running shoes. The trail is well-marked from many hikers making this trek. The lake is frozen but beautiful!

I love this hike! It's a pretty strenuous hike but so worth it! The views at the top are spectacular!

hiking
1 month ago

Started today at lower Echo Lake, with intentions of Aloha and back. Made it to about Tamarack and had to turn around. Trail is very Wet, which not a problem, some snowpack still but hard enough to walk across. Got to just pass Tamarack turn off and stepped into some snow and fell knee deep. Tons of snowmelt, but still an awesome hike! SO close to being ready! Saw about 10 other hikers out. Parking lot was clear enough, even cars.

Beautiful!

backpacking
6 months ago

Beautiful hike along the PCT. Unfortunately the trail right before Tamarack Lake was covered in about 2 feet of snow. Not knowing this, we only had hiking boots. Ended up camping the night at Tamarack Lake which was just as gorgeous and isolated.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful! Well worth it. Definitely going again.

Love this trail. Get a camping permit and stay the night to really enjoy this lake.

backpacking
7 months ago

Definitely a must do trail. Although late October there wasn't much of the lake left. It had snowed two days before which made the hike beautiful. The Sunny Trail along echo Lakes in the partially Snow covered mount Ralston across the other side was incredible. The hike is a little rocky in areas stiff sold shoes are nice. Because of the snow and warm weather it made for some soggy trail, I'd advise waterproof boots for the hike. Nice warm days but in the 20s at night. Brrrrr

Trail was very nice but I lost my ray-Bans on the way down :(

backpacking
8 months ago

Beautiful hike, i did a backpacking trip in desolation and stopped here one of the nights. Flowers were blooming and very lush this time of year. Also stopped at zatela and four q.

8 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous!

hiking
8 months ago

Absolutely amazing! Beautiful scenery, dog friendly, multiple lakes to hike to! The parking at echo lake is packed so show up early! We encountered at lot of other hikers along the trail, but once we reached Lake Aloha we basically had the lake to ourselves! Would definitely do this hike again :)

backpacking
9 months ago

The hikes in & out each took us ~3.5 hours with our heavy packs - similar to others' reports, my phone reported 5.7 miles in but 7.7 miles out. Unclear precisely how far it is. While many folks seem to report too many campers around Aloha, we couldn't see any other camps from our spot and only occasionally saw people walking around the lake. Was a great (chilly at night time!) retreat for the weekend. Great spot to jump off to other parts of the PCT or Desolation Wilderness as well - we took a day hike up to Gilmore Lake. Trails are all very clearly marked, though tiring on the ankles & hips as much of it is loose rock.

hiking
9 months ago

Lake Aloha is SO beautiful, making this rocky hike very much worth the effort. The water taxi stops running after Labor Day, so there's no way to shorten the distance, but it's still very doable. The trail is clearly marked and straightforward. There are also maps you can pick up near the trailhead. I'd recommend hiking shoes/boots for this hike rather than sneakers because much of it is very rocky and I was glad to have the support from my boots. The water temperature seemed perfect for swimming, but it was a cloudy day so we didn't end up going in. I'd love to return next summer to backpack because the lake is so gorgeous and it was sad to leave!

backpacking
9 months ago

Absolutely stunning hike - Day hike or overnight. I hiked beyond Aloha, up and over Dick's Pass to Fontanillis Lake - stopping at Susie lake on the first night. Stunning views the entire trail. Wild flowers, lake views all along the trail. I stopped at Aloha 1 night and Lake of the Woods on m fourth night. Took a day hike to Ropi Lake on an unmaintained trail but was able to follow trail with AllTrails app on my phone.

hiking
9 months ago

Started at the south end of Lower Echo Lake at around 10am. Took the PCT to Spring Trail to make it to the Peak. Spring Trail is fairly steep until you get to Echo Peak Trail and a bit hard to navigate. There are some flat steep rocks you have to climb. Watchout for wet spots. They are like ice. The Alltrails map is very handy here. The view at that junction is great. Going onto Echo Trail, it starts to flatten out. The Peak is wonderful and well worth the hike. I returned via the spring trail again since is was fresh in my head. I again didn't have enough water. About 40oz for me and the same for my wife. Ran out of water half way back. Ugh! Next time, 2 liters each! I hate being thirsty and its unsafe. I liked the hike due to its diversity in technical skill. At the top, the skies were completely clear and the view is wonderful. I am a very novice hiker and now can't wait to do more!!!

Only try this loop if you are an experienced hiker. After Dardanelles's lake there is no "trail". First attempt I quit since I couldn't find a clear trail. Tried another weekend and I only made to Round Lake because of gps and walking up and down rocks and bushes. You can reach either Dardanelles or Round Lake easy, but if you try the loop you will be on your own. I truly wouldn't have found my way back without gps. My phone gps stopped working after I was around 5 miles in so it didn't record my track. But then it worked again so I was able to finish. Good luck!

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