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14 miles round trip
One of the best day hikes in Desolation Wilderness, this fairly flat trek (though somewhat rocky) to Aloha Lake starts at Echo Lakes. In just under 14 miles, you will have access to five other lakes, perfect for taking a dip to cool off. This trip can easily be extended to include an overnight stay with a wilderness permit from the El Dorado County ranger station.
Trailhead Directions: From South Lake Tahoe, take US-50 south toward Placerville. Get off at the Echo Lakes Road and park at Lower Echo Lake. This parking lot fills up fast on the weekends, so planon being there early in the morning.
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