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Trip Date:  04/27/2013

: 9.2 Miles

Vertical Gain: 1400'

Group Size: 4

Hike Rating:  Easy   Moderate    Hard    Strenuous
Echo and Flagpole Peaks Route
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Echo and Flagpole Peaks Elevation Profile
Start Coordinates:   N 38 50.063  W 120 02.633     End Coordinates:   Same as Start Coordinates  
Car Shuttle Req'd:   No Parking Directions:   Take Highway 50 toward Echo Summit.   Turn north on the signed road to Echo Lakes (Lincoln Highway.)  Turn northin again on Porcupine Road, following this all the way down to the Echo Lake Chalet parking area (or as far as possible in winter conditions.)
Hazards of Note:   Rocky terrain on this section of the Pacific Crest Trail.   Crowd Factor:   Busy, especially on weekends.  Parking may need to be back on the road or in the overflow lot during summer if not arriving very early in the day.
General Notes:
This hike follows the Pacific Crest trail for about a mile and a half until you cut up to the top of Flagpole peak AFTER you pass the peak by on your right.  Alternatively, you can take the summer boat shuttle from Echo Lake Chalet for a moderate fee ($30/person in 2014) to the end of Upper Echo Lake.  This will place you closer to the Echo Peak summit, and then the ridgeline can be walked back south toward Flagpole peak if that is desired.

The climb or descent to/from Flagpole Peak to the Pacific Crest Trail is very steep and good judgement will need to be exercised in choosing your route.

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.

Greg, Jackie and Debbie at Echo Lake before the hike. Parking spot on Highway 50
Looking across Echo Lake to Talking Mountain. Talking Mountain across Echo Lake
Greg almost to the top of Flagpole Peak. Greg headed up near the top of Flagpole Peak
Talking Mountain and Becker Peaks again. Talking Mountain and Becker Peak
Julia and Jackie on Flagpole Peak. Julia and Jackie at Flagpole Peak
Almost straight down from Flagpole Peak. Straight down from Flagpole Peak
Navigating around Flagpole Peak with Pyramid in the distance. Navigating around Flagpole Peak
Cornice buildup near Echo Peak. Cornice near Echo Peak
Greg on Echo Peak with Freel Peak in the distance. Greg on Echo Peak
Jackie, Julia, and Debbie on Echo Peak. Jackie Julia and Debbie on Echo Peak
Thundering waterfall coming out of Susie Lake a couple miles away. Waterfall coming out of Susie Lake
Closeup of Mt. Tallac looming to the north past Angora Peak. Mt. Tallac to the north
Sayles canyon to the south of the highway from our vantage point high above. Sayles Canyon to the south
Pyramid Peak covered in snow far to the west. Pyramid Peak from Echo Peak
GPS track of the hike starting in the far upper right. GPS Track of the hike