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Pacific Crest Trail at Echo Lakes

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A Legendary Footpath

The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) covers better than 2,600 miles between the Mexico and Canada borders, but you don't have to be a hardcore thru-hiker to appreciate its beauty in the Lake Tahoe area. The PCT's little stretch through the Echo Lakes basin, set in the high country south of South Lake Tahoe, makes for a remarkably easy and sublimely pretty dayhike.

You can strike off from the Echo Lakes Resort to stroll the rocky, partly wooded shores of Upper and Lower Echo lakes on the PCT, admiring views of gleaming peaks all the while. Some 2.5 miles from the trailhead is the border of the Desolation Wilderness, a backcountry jewel that'll accommodate more ambitious treks if you feel so inclined.

Utrip Tips

*Pack a lunch and have a picnic on the trail
*Local Expert Mike Papa recommends exploring the Desolation Wilderness

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