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.
Camping is limited around the lake due to restoration projects but it is still a great place to spend the day.
Dogs are allowed on this trail.
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.
Climb a little higher and then you will drop down into the lake. Total elevation change is about 1000 ft.
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
- Angora Lakes
- Cascade Falls
- Emerald Bay
- Inspiration Point
- Lake Aloha
- Lower Eagle Falls
- Lower Glen Alpine Falls
- Upper Eagle Falls
- Vikingshom Castle
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