Posted by: ryanbailey03 | August 10, 2010

Tahoe Hiking: Echo Lakes to Barker Pass

From a personal standpoint this is one of the most beautiful hikes that I’ve done in tahoe.  This hike takes you through the heart of the Desolation Wilderness and offers many lakes along the way including Lower Echo, Upper Echo, Tamarak, Aloha, Heather, Susie, Gilmore, Dicks, Fontanillis, Upper Velma, Middle Velma, and Richardson.  If you like Looking at Dick's Passto swim in mountain lakes than this is a hike you must try.  It also offers breathtaking views from the top of dicks pass (9,380 ft).

This is a challenging hike and offers a variety of trail conditions from granite slabs to packed dirt.  You may want to make a 4 or 5 day trip out of it if you want to take your time and slow the pace down so be sure that you pack in enough food and are equipped with some type of water filtering system.  To get to the trail head you will need to drive south on 395 through carson city to hwy 50 towards South Lake Tahoe, tFontanillis Lakeake Highway 50 to Echo Summit and turn onto Johnson Pass Road. Stay left and the road will lead you to the parking area by Lower Echo Lake.

You will need to have a permit for the Desolation Wilderness. The information is available below the photo.



  1. Absolutely outstanding info! Just got back from Ruidoso, NM and this makes me want to go even farther north to the NW part of this beautiful country. Best of luck and God bless.

    Max Odle

  2. This site truly has all of the information and facts I wanted about this subject and didn’t know who to

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