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.