Echo Lakes to Lake Aloha

Echo Lake, California

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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.

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"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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Echo Lake
Distance: 12.6
Elevation Gain: 1,225 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Season: Best mid-July to mid-October
Local Contacts: Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit 530-543-2600, www.fs.usda.gov/ltbmu; Eldorado National Forest at 530-644-2349, www.fs.usda.gov/eldorado
Local Maps: ENF and LTBMU A Guide to the Desolation Wilderness

Echo Lakes to Lake Aloha Reviews

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8/22/2009
Wonderful trip, description accurate except that impact of sharp granite on hiking with significant pack load could be emphasized.
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