Echo Lakes to Lake Aloha
ElevationAscent: 1,434' 437 m
Descent: -1,436' -438 m
High: 8,340' 2,542 m
Low: 7,424' 2,263 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)
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“Lakes, peaks, and lots of people can all be found on this section of the Pacific Crest Trail.”— Nick Wilder
Family Friendly If you take the water taxi, you add fun, decrease the distance by 5 miles, and focus your energy on the prettiest section of wilderness.
Pass a wildflower-filled meadow at 4.5 miles and continue past several junctions until you reach Lake Aloha. Enjoy the lake, perhaps a swim and a picnic, and then take a left at Lake of the Woods Trail.
Skirt around the lake, enjoy the views, then take a left on the PCT to Lake Aloha Trail (17E39). This will quickly get you back to the PCT and your return hike back to Echo Lakes.
There are a smattering of camping areas dotted along the way if you'd like to extend your journey.
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