Echo Lake, California, United States
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Echo Lake Information

About Echo Lake

In the Sierra Nevada mountains, Echo Lake is a small community, and home to a glorious glacial lake in El Dorado County. Peaceful and serene, it doesn’t get much better than this mountain setting with the Upper and Lower Echo Lakes. With endless trails for hiking and getting lost in nature, Echo Lake is a joy to visit any time of the year. Bring your family and spend your days on the water — what could be more relaxing?

Things to do in Echo Lake

Apart from admiring the gorgeous water, hiking is the number one activity at Echo Lake. Get incredible views from up high in the rocks, or get up close to waterfalls. The trails range from easy to difficult, and can be anywhere from 2 to 10 miles long, with the longer trails starting at Upper Echo Lake. The Desolation Wilderness trail starts at Upper Echo Lake, and can get you to some overnight campsites. With thousands of acres of wilderness, the Desolation trail has all kinds of lakes and streams for the more adventurous. However, in the summer it’s all about the water. Go swimming, boating, and waterskiing on the lake. There’s even a fishing hole off the dam at Lower Echo Lake. Even in the winter, you can actually enjoy snow in sunny California with cross-country skiing.

Day trips from Echo Lake

Lake Tahoe is just half an hour away from Echo Lake, making it perfect for day trips and family visits. The lake draws swarms of visitors to see the water, go hiking, camping and even skiing. There are also festivals at Incline Village to keep you entertained, or see the local beaches. Check out Sand Harbor for snorkelling and swimming, as well as the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival.

Echo Lake accommodations

Find your lake house out by Echo Lake with the help of Tripping. There are a number of rentals that you can pick from, as well as many more hotels that might be more convenient. Get back to nature with lazy days by the lake and your house, or get adventurous and spend the day on the trails after leaving your hotel.

Transportation in Echo Lake

The Tahoe Rim Trail has a public transportation network that can get you all over the area. However, the Tahoe Trolley only operates during the summer. There’s also a summer shuttle boat service that goes to the Desolation Wilderness trailhead. Driving to your rental at Echo Lake is smart, as you can keep your car to get around the area and go on day trips. The lake is along Route 50.

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Vacation Rentals in Echo Lake

Save hundreds with a vacation home rental from and forget the hotel room. For the ultimate getaway, Echo Lake offers 210 affordable vacation rentals with a price to match your budget and accommodation needs. Prices in Echo Lake start at an average price of $354 a night with long-term rentals averaging $18017 a month.

These vacation rentals offer a range of amenities, so you’ll feel right at home. For those looking to stay in a corporate rental, 188 of Echo Lake’s rentals offer high speed WiFi Internet so you can easily keep in touch with your company or team. Go for a swim at one of the 7 properties complete with pool or jacuzzi, or relax with a night of cable TV in any of our 187 vacation home rentals.

Traveling with your dog or cat? Choose from 70 pet-friendly rentals in Echo Lake that allow you to bring your extended family’s home rentals offer far more room and comfort than a hotel, providing a safe and spacious place for you and your pets. Many properties allow you to book directly online, so once you find that perfect vacation rental, you’ll be all set to go!

Search properties from 6 vacation rental sites in Echo Lake where the top providers in that area are HomeAway, Expedia, and RedAwning. There are 77 HomeAway rentals, 44 Expedia short term rentals and 34 RedAwning vacation rentals.