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on Echo Lakes Trail

hiking
1 day ago

6/24/17 Hike
This trail is amazing! We pushed through towards Tamarack Lake and the trail quickly got wet, more a stream in some areas, there are a lot of downed trees, and some snow packs blocking the path. It was safe enough to walk on with just regular hiking shoes so we pushed through and it was very much worth it! The views from above of Lower and Upper Echo Lakes were phenomenal and getting to see the still frozen Tamarack Lake was an amazing treat. Highly recommended!

Quick and fun hike! Bring some snacks and towels to spend some time at Eagle lake :)

Great hike! Very easy, just a little long.

I loved this trail! It is a little difficult, especially because of the snowfall you have to pass through some mini waterfalls. (But it is very do-able)
I hiked this trail last week and couldn't get to the lake because the trail was covered in snow. We still got a beautiful view and had a mini snowball fight! It was worth it to me, but if you feel like you need a destination to hike too then maybe try this trail in late July or August when the snow melts!

hiking
1 day ago

Very nice hike that runs fairly close to a couple of beautiful lakes. We made at to the end of both echo lakes but turned just after due to water and snow hazards.

backpacking
1 day ago

Did an overnight trip to Lake of the Woods on June 23rd. Beautiful trail but expect mostly snow about 0.5 miles after the turn off to Tamarak Lake. Snowshoes would probably be nice but we made it all the way to LotW with boots and some ice cleats/coils. Make sure to have some sort of GPS since the trail isn't visible. There was a lot of water before the snow, including running water down the middle of the trail. Waterproof boots made it doable. Lake of the Woods was still mostly frozen with a few feet of snow on it. Looking forward to future trip reports to see how long this snow lasts!

backpacking
1 day ago

Absolutely beautiful. If you can make it up to Velma Lake as well, I would highly recommend it. The snow made it even more fun.

Beautiful views of Emerald Bay.

Hard hike, well worth it in the end - Beautiful snow melt lake. Bet you can't get in.

hiking
1 day ago

Super dope

mountain biking
2 days ago

Super fun payoff for a big climb on the road. This trail will have you grinning ear to ear after a bit. You'll know once you hit the berms and tabletops.

Falls were raging in late June '17!!

Falls were raging in late June '17!!

mountain biking
2 days ago

hiking
3 days ago

hiking
3 days ago

hiking
3 days ago

My boyfriend and I really enjoyed this hike! Remember to get a (free) day pass so that you can hike to Eagle Lake/Desolation Wilderness. We took the trail right and headed towards the vista point first. We then retraced our steps back to the trail and continued to the Lake. The lake was gorgeous! Cold from melting mountain snow but nice. Retrace again to continue the loop. You get some great views of the mountains and a few waterfalls along the way.
I wasn't happy about the plastic water bottles in hard-to-reach places so please, no more plastic bottles! If you take it with you, bring it back out of the park!