Lake Aloha via Echo Lake + Tahoe

 

A group of 5 of us girls camped at China Flat Campground, about 30 minutes outside of South Lake Tahoe. We arrived at the campground to set-up, and then headed to an overview by Lake Tahoe for sunset.

 
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The next day we started our hike from Echo Lake to Lake Aloha, a 14.5 mile out-and-back hike. We started at Echo Lake around 7am. Because it was so early, Echo Lake had still waters with a stunning reflection of the mountains and trees across from it, it was beautiful!

 
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The steepest part of the hike were the switchbacks, but compared to many other hikes I've done, this was a fairly easy part. The hardest part for me was hiking through the snow in my trail-running shoes. I wasn't expecting there to be so much snow still! Hiking poles and hiking boots would have helped a lot, but I wasn't prepared.

We arrived at Lake Aloha around time for lunch. The view at this lake was unbelievable. Snow-capped mountains in the distance, and crystal blue water in the foreground. We found a spot on a bunch of rocks to take a break and eat before taking the next 7 miles back to our cars.

 
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14.5 miles seems like a lot, and towards the end my feet were feeling it. But the hike itself wasn't too challenging, definitely a recommended hike if you're into beautiful water and mountain views!

 
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