Echo Lakes - Backpacking/Camping
The Echo Lakes trailhead near South Lake Tahoe offers hiking, backpacking, camping, and sightseeing for visitors of all abilities.
This hike is eight miles round trip, but can be shortened to only three miles if you take the paid water shuttle across Echo Lakes.
Destination Distance From Downtown
With only slight elevation gain, the bulk of the difficulty on this trail comes from avoiding using the water shuttle, which adds 2.5 miles one-way on to the hike.
Time To Complete
This hike can take from four to six hours round trip depending on whether the user opts for the water shuttle across Echo Lakes.
Spring, Summer, and Fall
On Leash Only
The rocky talus of this trail can be harmful to dogs' paws.
Camping permits are required and can be obtained from the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. Overnight permits cost $5.00 for the first night and $10 for 2-14 nights. Permits booked in advance also cost an additional $6.00 reservation fee.
- Backcountry Skiing
- Cross Country Skiing
- Flat Water Paddling
- Mountain Biking
- Road Running
- Trail Running