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Hiking from Upper Echo Lake to the Lower Echo Lake Trailhead

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Lower Echo Lake Trailhead

Hiking South for 2.69 miles from the trail down to the Boat Dock on the trail around the North side of the Echo Lakes on the far North side of Echo Lake brings us to the Echo Lake Trailhead.

Or we can call the Echo Lake Chalet from the Boat Dock for a ride on their Boat Taxi to the Echo Lake Marina between Memorial Day to Labor Day. I'd rather walk.

From solid rock to soft forest floor trail beds, we cross a variety of excellent trail surfaces between the Tamarack Lake trail junction to the Echo Lake trail head.

I'm just happy to get off of constant pounding of downhill hiking on hard rock surfaces!

Dicks Pass to Echo Lakes
15 minute backpacking MAP
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Trail cut through Rock, Echo Lake, Desolation Wilderness Sunset Lit Rock, Echo Lake, Desolation Wilderness
Trail, Echo Lake fine rock formations, Echo Lake
Echo Lake, Rock Texture, Pacific Crest Trail Rock Texture, Echo Lake, Pacific Crest Trail, detail
fine rock formations, details, Echo Lake


Lower Echo Lake Trail Head

We're just one mile North of the Echo Lake trailhead.

Rock Faces descend off of Flagpole Peak sit to our immediate NE, above us, with the crystal blue waters of Lower Echo Lake to our SW. It is a beautiful location, despite the vacation houses.

Our fine level trail winding through rock and forest splits the distance between steep rock and deep blue water. It's reallyl pretty along this section of trail.

Our generally downhill run from the North side of Lake Aloha ends at Echo Lake. South from there we have a two mile climb to the Echo Lake trail head on Highway 50.

7520' feet on the trail along Lower Upper Lake.

27.71 miles South from the Meeks Bay Trailhead.
1 mile South to the Echo Lake Trailhead.
3 miles to Echo Summit Trailhead.


Mileage sign at Echo Lake trailhead states: Aloha Lake 5 miles. This is incorrect according to my measurements and experience. Check the map and hike the trail to verify my observation: ALWAYS Double-Check your (and my) mileages. Trail distances are constantly changing as the trails are being regularly rerouted.

mileages and elevations

Hiking along Lower Echo Lake nearing the trail head

  Marker keeps you off of trails heading down to vacation houses.   Trail along East side of Lower Echo Lake.  
The trail South along Echo Lake.  
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  Sign posts on the East side of Echo Lake keep you on the trail to the trailhead, rather than down to cabins.  

Houses accompany the rock and lake hiking South to the Echo Lake trailhead

Echo Lake Rock, Pacific Crest Trail
lots of fine rock lines the trail along Echo Lake. The reddening of the setting Sun highlighted the rock colors
Echo Lake  Luxury Home along Pacific Crest Trail Wooded Trail, Echo Lake, Desolation Wilderness
Frodo lives here, Echo Lake Nice wooded trail section along Echo Lake
Echo Lake Luxury homes on the Pacific Crest Trail

Not my patio, but my view was the same while passing by.


North: Upper Echo Lake                                                                                                    South: Echo Lake trail head

Mid-Point: Echo Lake

I was racing against sunset as I flew South by the luxury houses lining the East shore of Echo Summit. This section of trail has been unfairly disparaged. The trail snakes along between a beautiful rock and forest ridge and and the crystalline blue waters of Echo Lake.

But I am running low on energy. Since I'm not resupplying between Meeks Bay and Tuolumne Meadows, the pack is very,very heavy, which is very tiring.. The short length of Desolation Wilderness requires I pass it quickly, which is always challenging at the start of a trip.

Despite my dedication to observation and enjoyment of every inch of trail I cover, I was determined to push until darkness terminated my day.

In any case, I would not take the boat taxi through this section of trail, even if it was still running.

Echo Chalet Boat Taxi information.



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