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Echo Lakes to Lake Aloha Professional Review and Guide
"This section of the famed Pacific Crest Trail is one of the most popular routes into the heart of Desolation Wilderness. The relatively high-elevation start, coupled with the ability to shave off 2.5 miles of hiking (each way) by taking the water taxi across Echo Lakes, makes this a highly desirable entry point for backcountry enthusiasts. With a bounty of scenic lakes and plenty of dramatic mountain scenery so easily accessible, the area’s popularity is no mystery. While backpackers contend for a limited number of wilderness permits, hikers are free to roam the backcountry within a day’s journey at will-just don’t expect to be alone."
--Mike White, Afoot & Afield: Tahoe-Reno: 201 Spectacular Outings in the Lake Tahoe Region (Wilderness Press).
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