Echo Lakes to Lake of the Woods and Ropi Lake

South Lake Tahoe, California

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Lake of the Woods, with numerous coves, islands, and campsites, is a popular destination accessible by maintained trail. The rest of Desolation Valley beyond Lake of the Woods is one of the most picturesque corners of Desolation Wilderness. Beneath the rugged east face of majestic Pyramid Peak, the granite, glacier-scoured basin holds a plethora of lakes and ponds, most of which are not accessible by developed and maintained trail. Hikers and backpackers with rudimentary cross-country skills have a fantastic playground for exploration of the nooks and crannies of this alpinelike basin.

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"Lake of the Woods, with numerous coves, islands, and campsites, is a popular destination accessible by maintained trail. The rest of Desolation Valley beyond Lake of the Woods is one of the most picturesque corners of Desolation Wilderness. Beneath the rugged east face of majestic Pyramid Peak, the granite, glacier-scoured basin holds a plethora of lakes and ponds, most of which are not accessible by developed and maintained trail. Hikers and backpackers with rudimentary cross-country skills have a fantastic playground for exploration of the nooks and crannies of this alpinelike basin."

Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running
Nearby City: South Lake Tahoe
Distance: 13
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 7 hours
Season: Mid-July through mid-October
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Eldorado National Forest

Echo Lakes to Lake of the Woods and Ropi Lake Reviews

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6/29/2013
6/29 Emigrant Lake level 3, 8.2 mi, +800/-25 elev gain, 8600'at highest http://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail.aspx?trailid=HGS462-035 nice trail - lots of soft earth in the tall pines, gets rocky and hilly at the end - bring bug spray for sure! the trail goes the length of Caples lake so there was plenty of water for the dog, crossed and followed some streams too. towards the end the trail climbs over a ridge, but not too high - def less shade though. Emigrant lake isn't very shaded, but the cool air up there was wonderful! and there was a good breeze coming off caples lake, so really the rocky climbing part was the only hot part of the day. it was about 9 miles all done. with it in the 100s at home, we stayed at the 81* parking lot and had a few beers waiting for the heat of the day to pass before heading home! Good hike - not too hard, not too hot, nice destination, pretty along the way! — in Kirkwood, CA
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7/26/2009
This was a great trip though it was 100 degree weather and that made the trail tougher. Plenty of water but with the heat came plenty of rattlesnakes. Saw many deer, even a buck standing in our trail and had one bear sighting. Emerald lake is beautiful but very little shade offered. It took us 5 hours to get to the first campsite past the meadow. Fishing was not great, though we did have a sample of rainbow trout for a dinner!
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