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 great cross-country skiing.
Echo Lakes is also the most popular trailhead for extended ski camping excursions into Desolation Wilderness.
Weekends may be extremely crowded in this area, and skiers seeking solitude may wish to consider other area.
Please respect the privacy of the residential cabins in the Echo Lakes basin. Echo Lakes is a DAY USE area only.
A map of the Echo Lakes area is included on this page, but a topographic map (Fallen Leaf quadrangle) and compass
If you have any questions, please contact the Forest Service (see address link in our More Information box.
Winter Off-Highway Vehicle recreational use, including snowmobiles, is NOT permitted in this area except for access to residences and authorized security patrols.
Be on the alert for avalanches, Echo Lakes is susceptible to them. Watch for avalanche paths; avoid old slide paths,
open gullies and slopes. Snow falling at the rate of one inch per hour increases avalanche danger rapidly. Be extra cautious during and shortly after storms.
Skiing over frozen lakes may be hazardous and is at your own risk!
Harsh conditions of wind, cold, snow or whiteout can occur anytime in these mountains.
Be aware of the danger
of HYPOTHERMIA - the lowering of the internal temperature of the body that leads to mental and physical collapse.
Hypothermia is caused by exposure to cold, and it is aggravated by moisture, wind, overexertion or by drugs and alcohol.
Dress in layered clothing and carry some food and water. Rescue can require a long, cold wait. Inform someone of your outing,
use common sense, and you can have a safe and enjoyable trip.
Lake Tahoe is famous for amazing Tree-skiing