Lake Aloha - Backpacking
The Lake Aloha region southwest of Lake Tahoe is one of the most popular overnight destinations in 63,000 acre Desolation Wilderness.
From Echo Lakes trailhead to Lake Aloha, the hike is 12 miles round trip. If you opt to take the water shuttle across Echo Lakes, the hike becomes only 7 miles round trip.
Destination Distance From Downtown
The rocky, talus trail can sometimes prove difficult to navigate. Overall, though, the short distance and mild elevation gain make this an easily accomplished overnight trip.
Time To Complete
If not taking the water shuttle across Echo Lakes, the trip to Lake Aloha is 12 miles roundtrip. The water shuttle can cut the time of this hike down to 3.5-4 hours.
Spring, Summer, and Fall
The Echo Lakes water shuttle only operates during summer months.
On Leash Only
The rocky trail can be harmful to pups' paws. Keep a close eye on your dog's feet and turn back if their pads begin to crack.
Overnight permits and campfire permits are required. Campfire permits are free, while overnight permits cost $5 for the first night and $10 for nights 2-14. Permits can be obtained from the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit in South Lake Tahoe.
- Backcountry Skiing
- Cross Country Skiing
- Flat Water Paddling
- Mountain Biking
- Road Running
- Trail Running