Echo Lakes Trail

South Lake Tahoe, California 96150

Echo Lakes Trail

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."

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This is the perfect beginner snowshoe trail. A groomed road (even after a snowfall) leads you gently up and down to the lakes. 1 mile to the lower lakes with views of lake tahoe along the way. Dog friendly and you will not be alone. We ran into many cross country skiers due to the flat easy wide trail. To add a bit of a work out in, leave the trail at about .75 miles left and head up to the ridge. Follow the ridge north to beck peak. The views from here were spectacular. However, if you are wanting an easy day, pretty views and the ability to tailor the length to your endurance level, this is the trail for you.

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Trail Information

South Lake Tahoe
Nearby City
400 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2–6 hours
Eldorado National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Echo Lake
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Nov 2018