Back to index Tamarack Trail to Echo Peak Hike
Trip Date:  06/30/2013

: 7.0 Miles

Vertical Gain: 2300'

Group Size: 1

Hike Rating:  Easy   Moderate    Hard    Strenuous
Tamarack to Echo Peak Route
Download GPX GPX for this trip
Tamarack to Echo Peak Elevation Profile
Start Coordinates:   N 38 52.660  W 120 04.615     End Coordinates:   N 38 52.314  W 120 03.756
Car Shuttle Req'd:   Yes Parking Directions:   Drive all the way to the west end of Fallen Leaf Lake Rd, and turn onto Glen Alpine Rd up to the indicated starting coordinates.  The trailhead is there, but the sign is hard to find from the road.
Hazards of Note:   The Tamarack Trail is very strenuous, and can be difficult to follow in places.  If you get off trail the area around can be very steep and rocky with loose footing.  Watch carefully to stay on the trail Crowd Factor:   Minimal.  You will probably not meet many others along the Tamarack Trail section of the hike.
General Notes:
The trailhead for this hike is a little difficult to find, but the coordinates posted above should help.  The first couple miles of this trail require some good trail-finding skills to make sure you stay on track.  I would recommend using the GPX tracks downloadable from this page to give you a good indication of where the trail heads as it ascends rapidly up into Desolation Wilderness.
The section up to Echo Peak from the trail junction near the top of the ridgeline is a breeze, and there are many open areas taking you to the top.  I attempted to cross over to Angora Peak along the ridgeline, but just past Indian Rock is a 1000 foot chute to the north which I didn't feel like negotiating, and turned back to head down into the Lake Angora area.
When descending from Echo Peak into the Angora Lakes, stay as far to the south as you can, walking past an unnamed tarn (lake) as you descend to the lakes below.  Otherwise you will run into sheer granite cliffs between you and your destination which you can see pictured further down on this page.

Since this is a hike into Desolation Wilderness, you will need a day permit (free at the trailhead) and the group size limit is 12.

Up front sign about the condition of the trail ahead. Trail sign at beginning
Looking up toward one of the goals for the day. Looking up from the trail
Indian Rock and the narrow chute just off to it's left in this picture. Indian Rock and Chute
Nice vista of Lake Tahoe and part of Fallen Leaf Lake in the foreground. Framed Tahoe
Cathedral Peak and Fallen Leaf Lake from the trail. Cathedral Peak
The backside of Angora Peak and Indian Rock as I got closer to the pass. Indian Rock and Angora Peak
Mt. Tallac and Angora Peaks from the top of Echo Peak. Tallac and Angora Peak from Echo Peak
Looking down at the Angora Lakes from the top of Echo Peak. Angora Lake from Echo Peak
Self-portrait I snapped at the top with Angora ridge far below. My mugshot at the top
The chute next to Indian Rock.  That's about 1000 feet straight down. Dangerous chute by Indian Rock
Small, unnamed tarn just below Echo Peak. Tarn below Echo Peak
Reflection off the tarn just below Echo Peak. Echo Peak tarn
View of Angora Lake and the elevation I had to drop down from the peak. Angora Lake
GPS Track of the full hike. GPS Track of Hike