The first half of the hike take you past both Lower and Upper Echo Lakes. The trail then ascends, with some steeper sections to the summit. The summit is hidden until you are almost upon it.
|The boat launch area in front of Echo Chalet, on Lower Echo Lake|
|Next to the boat launch is the trailhead Day hikers fill out a free use permit at this point.|
|The start of the trail.|
|The trail following the lakes is well defined (as pictured) Later it becomes less distinct.|
|A lot of the first half the hike follows the two lakes.|
|In the back is Lower Echo Lake, in the forefront Upper Echo Lake.|
|Right after this Desolation Wilderness sign the trail forks. Turn right and climb up the hill. (note the trail to the left of the big tree).|
|A snow field remained near the peak, however we were able to walk around it.|
|A view of the summit.|
|At the summit, with Lake Tahoe in the background and Fallen Leaf Lake below it.|
The weather was a comfortable. It was a little cool at the start, but after a couple of miles I shed my long sleeved shirt and just used a t-shirt the rest of the trip. We had a light sprinkle on the way back, but it was never enough that I needed to get out my shell. I emptied my 3 liter CamelBak and was a little dehydrated at the end. I bought a sports drink at the store at the Echo Chalet store when we returned.
One of the participants on this hike recorded this 360 degree view from the top.