Echo Lakes to Glen Alpine
Starting at Echo Lakes Chalet, this trail run follows the Pacific Crest Trail north through Desolation Wilderness. REMEMBER TO FILL OUT THE "SELF-ISSUE" WILDERNESS DAY USE PERMIT JUST-IN-CASE.
The trail skirts around the east side of both upper and lower Echo lakes. At this point, the trail begins to climb towards Haypress Meadow. Once cresting st Haypress Meadow, you'll begin a short descent into the Aloha Lake Basin. The landscape in the Aloha Lake Bain is truely a "lunar landscape on earth". At the north end of Aloha lake you'll take the Heather/Suzie lakes trail to the east until the trail connects with the Glen Alpine/Gilmore Lake trail. Turn right at this junction and follow the trail back to historic Glen Alpine. Continued past the old Glen Alpine lodge and follow the dirt road back past Lily Lake to the Lilly Lake Trail Head. Total distance is approximately 13.5 miles.
To get to the trailhead: Echo Chalet is a rustic summer-only resort located approximately 10 miles from South Lake Tahoe and 49 miles east of Placerville off U.S. Highway 50. The resort was established in 1939, and is operated under permit of the United States Forest Service-Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. The address is 9900 Echo Lakes Road, Echo Lake, CA 95721.
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