12 Miles | Moderate to Strenuous
Take Hwy 89 South from Tahoe City, and follow along the west shore of Lake Tahoe for 32 miles until you reach South Lake Tahoe. Stay straight to continue on Hwy 50 West to Echo Summit. Turn onto Johnson Pass Rd, then stay left for the parking area by Lower Echo Lake. Walk to the right of the boat docks, over the dam, then to the right to access the trail. Wilderness permit required. In the shadow of Pyramid Peak, the sprawling, shallow, high-mountain reservoir is dotted with hundreds of tiny granite islands. Various trails converge on Lake Aloha’s shores, the perfect end to an invigorating hike up from the basin floor. Hikers encounter other small lakes throughout the 12-mile roundtrip hike from the trailhead, including Upper Echo Lake, Tamarack Lake and Lake of the Woods. Leashed dogs are welcome.