Winter Activities


Echo Lake

Echo Lakes, Lower and Upper. These two glaciated lakes have become one of the most popular Nordic ski destinations in the Tahoe vicinity.  The convenient access from Tahoe’s south shore and moderate terrain can provide a great cross-country skiing experience.

Echo Lakes is also the most popular trailhead for extended ski camping excursions into Desolation Wilderness.  Please be aware the area from the Echo Chalet down to the Berkeley Camp and Highway 50 is closed to skiing due to high avalanche danger.  Weekends may be crowded in this area, and skiers seeking solitude may wish to consider other areas.  Please respect the privacy of the residential cabins in the Echo Lakes basin.  Echo Lakes is a day use area only!  A topographic map and compass are recommended.

Boating on Echo Lake

Water Taxi Service at Upper Echo Lake

Echo Lakes Trail Head via Lake Tahoe Basin Mgt Unit Forest Service

Echo Lake Trail on

Echo Lake

Echo Lake Eldorado National Forest (1 Echo Lakes Road), Echo Lake, CA 95721

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