Echo Lakes - Hiking
Echo Lakes and Desolation Wilderness are one of the most scenic hiking destinations in Lake Tahoe, and offer hikes experienced hikers, novices, and families.
Assuming use of the water shuttle to cross Echo Lakes, it is a 3 mile roundtrip hike to reach Tamarack Lake. Without the water shuttle this is an 8 mile hike.
Destination Distance From Downtown
Several lakes like within close reach of the trailhead making for an easy day hike, while others can require an all-day adventure.
Time To Complete
This time accounts for a hike to Tamarack Lake while using the water shuttle to cross Echo Lakes. This same hike with no water shuttle may take 4-5 hours.
Spring, Summer, and Fall
On Leash Only
Pups with sensitive paws should avoid the sharp granite talus on these trails.
There are no fees, but a free day-use permit is required to enter Desolation Wilderness.
- Backcountry Skiing
- Cross Country Skiing
- Flat Water Paddling
- Mountain Biking
- Road Running
- Trail Running