Echo Lakes to Lake Aloha

Meyers, California 96155

Echo Lakes to Lake Aloha

Echo Lakes to Lake Aloha Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The Desolation Wilderness is one of the most visited backcountry areas in California. Because of its proximity to the Bay Area and Sacramento and its easily accessible trailheads, this entry to the Desolation Wilderness is always highly tra?cked, so much so that there are daily quotas for overnight camping.

Day hikers are asked to register at the trailhead or at a US Forest Service visitor center at no charge; overnight campers must pay to secure a permit. A good place to do that online is here:"

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

"This section of the famed Pacific Crest Trail is perhaps the most popular route into the heart of Desolation Wilderness. The relatively high elevation start coupled with the ability to shave off 2.5 miles of hiking by taking the water taxi across the lakes make 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." Read more

Echo Lakes to Lake Aloha Reviews

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Excelent trip to 4th of July Lake. Lots of day hikers on the uper lakes, but only saw 4 people down at 4th of July Lake in the 3 days we spent there.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Trail Type
Skill Level
8 hours (overnight)
Depends on snow; permits required for day hiking and overnight camping
7,425 feet
Trailhead Elevation
Top Elevation
Eldorado National Forest, Amador Ranger District, 209-295-4251,; US Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, 530-543-2600,
Local Contacts
Desolation Wilderness (Wilderness Press)
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018