Explore the beautiful Lake of the Woods

Tom’s Experience hiking to Lake of the Woods:

Lake of the Woods is about 11 miles round trip from the Echo Lakes Trailhead, and is a very large lake.

Lake of the Woods Desolation Wilderness

Camping is limited around the lake due to restoration projects but it is still a great place to spend the day.

Hike to Lake of the Woods

The trail to Lake of the Woods is on the way to Lake Aloha and past Tamarack Lake.

Lake of the Woods Tahoe

Dogs are allowed on this trail.

Lake of the Woods Hike

The trail starts out making its way around Echo Lakes and then it starts to climb. There will be a sign pointing the way towards Lake of the Woods at the top of the steep climb.

Trail to Lake of the Woods

Climb a little higher and then you will drop down into the lake. Total elevation change is about 1000 ft.

Tom’s Rating:

Trail Info: To get to the Echo Lakes Trailhead from South Lake, head southwest on the 50. Turn right onto a very small paved road called the Lincoln Highway that starts heading up the mountain. There are a few signs on the paved road. Follow that road until you turn right on Echo Lakes Road. Follow Echo Lakes Road until you reach a parking lot. If you drive into Echo Lake you have gone too far.


Echo Lakes Trailhead:   38.835141,-120.044515

Lake of the Woods:     38.852442,-120.118117

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