Best trails in Echo Lake

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Looking for a great trail near Echo Lake, California? AllTrails has 21 great hiking trails, running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around D. L. Bliss State Park or Van Sickle Bi-State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Sly Park Recreation Area or Spooner Lake Management Area. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 12 hard trails in Echo Lake ranging from 3.7 to 46.3 miles and from 6,391 to 9,717 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Echo Lake
Top trails (21)
#1 - Lake Aloha Trail
Desolation Wilderness
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Length: 12.5 mi • Est. 6 h 18 m
The hike to Lake Aloha is the ultimate day hike in Desolation Wilderness. The trail is fairly flat for most of the hike, with only two sections of significant elevation gain, and you will pass by 5 laShow more
#2 - Ralston Lake via Pacific Crest Trail
Desolation Wilderness
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Length: 8.1 mi • Est. 3 h 55 m
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 Show more
#3 - Glen Alpine Springs Resort Trail
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 1 h 2 m
Glen Alpine Springs Resort Trail is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Echo Lake, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primShow more
#4 - Echo Peak Loop Trail
Desolation Wilderness
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Length: 7.5 mi • Est. 4 h 12 m
Echo Peak Loop Trail is a 7.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Echo Lake, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and isShow more
#5 - Big Meadow to Scotts Lake
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 3 h 5 m
Lots of water on the trail so wear footwear that's appropriate. Lots of flowers and butterflies, shaded most of the time, terrific scenery. Make sure you don't miss the waterfalls at the lake, turn riShow more
#6 - Echo Lake to Lake of the Woods to Echo Peak
Desolation Wilderness
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Length: 10.1 mi • Est. 5 h 8 m
Echo Lake to Lake of the Woods to Echo Peak is a 10.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Echo Lake, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a nuShow more
#7 - Echo Lake to Gilmore Lake
Desolation Wilderness
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Length: 21.2 mi • Est. 10 h 32 m
Start at the Echo Lake trail head and hike along the Pacific Crest Trail. This is a scenic hike with access and views of Upper/Lower Echo Lakes, Tamarack Lake, Lake Aloha, Heather Lake, Susie Lake andShow more
#8 - Lake Aloha and Ralston Peak via Pacific Crest Trail
Desolation Wilderness
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Length: 15.8 mi • Est. 8 h 24 m
Lake Aloha and Ralston Peak via Pacific Crest Trail is a 15.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Echo Lake, California that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as Show more
#9 - Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT): Echo Lake to Barker Pass
Desolation Wilderness
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Length: 30.8 mi • Est. Multi-day
Alpine lakes, wilderness setting and picturesque contrast of granite and water. Between Echo Lake and Barker Pass, the trail leads deep into the granite heart of the Desolation Wilderness, where coolShow more
#10 - Echo Lake to Emerald Bay via Pacific Crest Trail
Desolation Wilderness
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Length: 18.1 mi • Est. 9 h 34 m
Echo Lake to Emerald Bay via Pacific Crest Trail is a 18.1 mile point-to-point trail located near Echo Lake, California that features a lake. The trail is rated as difficult and offers a number of actShow more
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