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Brian AsherFlagpole and Echo Peaks  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 17, 2014

Brian Asher

Flagpole Peak and Echo Peak
My friend and I started at the Parking Lot just above Echo Chalet. We headed up to the ridge about 0.5 miles from the beginning of the trail right after the spillway of the lake. After heading up to the ridge the going gets harder. We stayed to the left (Echo Lakes) side of the ridge during the climb. I was surprised at how difficult some of the moves were. This is a fun class 3 route and will require you to climb your way up and down big rock slabs, some with a decent amount of exposure. This scrambling section will take at least an hour before you make your way up to the obvious peak. The peak is a very cool flagpole, decorated with Tibetan flags and random hiker’s clothing.


The option of going back down the same way we came sounded quite challenging and we were hoping to bag Echo Peak before it got dark. After a bit of scrambling off of Flagpole Peak heading northwest towards Echo Peak the way does get easier. You come into a high basin with amazing views of Fallen Leaf and Tahoe on your gentle walk up the last 0.5 mile to Echo Peak. From Echo Peaks we headed farther west (away from the original trailhead) to meet up with the North-South running Triangle Lake Trail. When you run into this trail go left and head down towards Upper Echo Lake. You will then run into the Tahoe Rim Trail and hike the 3 miles back to Echo Chalet. We started at 2:30 p.m. and finished in the dark at 8:00 p.m.
Posted Nov 3, 2014 7:31 pm

Bob BurdRidge Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2014

Bob Burd

Surprisingly nice scramble up the ridge from Lower Echo Lake to Flagpole, Echo and Angora Peaks. Trip Report.
Posted Jul 22, 2014 3:33 pm

sdrobinsonFlagpole  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 22, 2014
Great scramble in mixed conditions
Posted Mar 28, 2014 12:50 am

bigbadgooVery fun scramble!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 28, 2013
Beautiful views along the Southeast face, fun scramble with many options
Posted Dec 9, 2013 1:23 am

MarmadukeFun scramble  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2013

Marmaduke

:)
Posted Aug 11, 2013 12:50 pm

Stu BrandelFun Rock  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2013

Stu Brandel

A very fun scramble. Not so fun was my unsuccessful attempt to traverse to Echo Peak beneath the main ridge, which turned into a gravelly bushwack, and a grateful return to the lake trail.
Posted Jul 17, 2013 11:29 am

dkangasGood and Local  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 5, 2013
Led one pitch up the south headwall to the summit ridge, probably a 5.5 at the crux.
Posted Feb 8, 2013 3:51 pm

WayneFryCool Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 5, 2013

WayneFry

This is a great peak with lots of options. Some good 3-5 class climbing. We climbed a short 5th class section, traversed across a short knife ridge, and worked our way to the summit. Good stuff and a super easy approach.
Posted Jan 27, 2013 5:15 pm

gordonyeFlagpole-Echo Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 28, 2012

gordonye

Traversed Flagpole and Echo Peak with 3 ft of snow cover, with Pete T. and Matt S. The knife ridge on Flagpole is the spiciest.
Posted Oct 28, 2012 3:34 am

mtneeringfantastic
Date Climbed: Sep 25, 2012

mtneering

3 and 4th class scrampbles to a sketch-a-lee protected 5.8 offwidth, fantastic day with kristin5berry, and a great way to top off 2 days climbing in S. Lake Tahoe.
Posted Sep 28, 2012 12:52 am

Kristin5berryFantastic day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 25, 2012

Kristin5berry

Great day on this rock. Bush-whacked up slabs and 4th class rock (tons of it) to a 5'8 off-width with my guy!
Posted Sep 25, 2012 9:04 pm

Darren9Fun local peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 22, 2011

Darren9

Close, fun scrambling with SMG, and we even set up a short top rope off the summit.
Posted Nov 1, 2011 8:56 am

fedakFrom Echo Peak, Down SW ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2011

fedak

Easy afternoon traverse over from Echo Peak. Still quite snowy up there but no skeeters yet.

Pics and commentary are here.
Posted Jul 8, 2011 9:49 pm

DenjemWho knew  Sucess!

Denjem

I have been in this area twice and climbed it twice. I just never knew it had a name or was it's own peak.
Posted May 26, 2011 3:00 pm

JonodoFrom Echo Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 28, 2009

Jonodo

Nice early morinig hike from Echo Lakes. I left the trail just after the dam at Echo Lake. Scrambling in the dark is harder than I thought. Very fun scrambling along the ridge. Continued on to Echo Peak. I ran into an old college friend on the way out. What a trip!
Posted Sep 28, 2009 5:13 pm

ckerthFrom Echo Lakes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2009

ckerth

Plenty of fun climbing, especially if you stay close to the ridge line the entire way. Continued on to Echo Peak after climbing Flagpole. There has to be at least 10 different formations along the way that offer class 3/4 climbing on good rock. Part way between the two I thought I saw a giant marmot dash behind a rock. I continued up a little ways further to find 3 baby coyote pups sitting around a tree hollow. I never did see the parents.
Posted Jun 24, 2009 2:02 pm

AdamusScramble from Echo Lakes TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2009
WEnt up real quick in hopes of a nice sunset. There wasn't one, but had a good time anyway.
Posted Jun 11, 2009 3:27 am

KerstinFun scramble  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2007

Kerstin

Made in Tahoe and I walked along the Echo Lake trail and headed up at the cabin with the blue galvanized steel roof. The route got more fun the higher we went. I'll have to do this again sometime.
Posted Jun 20, 2007 2:35 pm

WallylongridgeFrom Echo peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2006

Wallylongridge

From Echo peak you follow the ridge to Flagpole. the last 20ft. is ( class 3 ) up a short corner.
Posted Nov 1, 2006 2:55 am

BCLSouth East Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 26, 2006

BCL

Lot of snow/ice on the rock making it a little more exciting. Saw avalanche activity on ralston and mount price.
Posted Mar 28, 2006 4:16 pm

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