Echo Lakes Trail Professional Review and Guide
"Oblong and surprisingly large, Echo Lakes transform from a major tourist attraction in the summer to a remote scene of peaceful and gleaming snow white in the winter and early spring. With easy-to-negotiate terrain, Echo Lakes are the southeast gateways to the spectacular Desolation Wilderness, meaning you might meet cross-country skiers, dogs, and other snowshoers of all levels. Long, lakeside strolls tend to turn into refreshing, satisfying, day-dreamy excursions, and this route fits that bill ideally. Merely follow a snow-covered road for about a mile, trudge the south shores of Lower Echo Lake and Upper Echo Lake until you’ve had your fill, and then head back. The rugged scenery is composed of sheer rocky cliffs of granite that rise steeply above the gleaming lakes. This is a good trek to take when wet weather and big winds are coming in, because the exit is easy and the course is sure. Like any high mountain lake during snow season, wander out onto Echo Lakes only if there’s a substantial snowpack on them, and even then, it’s safer to explore near the edge. For sure, avoid the areas near the inlets and outlets, since they thaw faster."