Echo Lakes to Lake Aloha

South Lake Tahoe, California

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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.

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"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."

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Trail Running
Nearby City: South Lake Tahoe
Distance: 12.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 7 hours
Season: Mid-July through mid-October
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Eldorado National Forest

Echo Lakes to Lake Aloha Reviews

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7/20/2010
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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