Echo Lake

Old Station, California

Echo Lake Professional Review and Guide

"Echo Lake is the first in a series of lovely backcountry lakes reached via the trail that leads northeast from the developed areas around Summit Lake. While this little tarn is a relatively easy day hike from the trailhead or the Summit Lake campgrounds, it also can serve as the first stop in a longer day hike—or overnight trip—into the northern backcountry of the national park. The waters of Echo Lake are clear and blue, fading to green in the shallows. Thick forest drops to the waterline and hugs the walls of the shallow basin. Narrow strips of rocky shoreline offer respite in the sun, and the still waters are perfect for cooling tired feet before carrying on to the Twin Lakes or beyond. Some folks hike up in their swimsuits, with the goal of taking a brisk plunge before heading back to camp at Summit Lake or another of the park’s campgrounds. There is no camping permitted at Echo Lake."

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Trail Information

Old Station
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
Day hike
Best July to October
6,720 feet
Trailhead Elevation
7,136 feet
Top Elevation
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Reading Peak; Lassen Volcanic National Park maps by the National Park Service, Earthwalk Press, and Wilderness Press; USDAFS Lassen National Forest
Local Maps

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Jun 2018