This is a high point on the ridge above the south side of Echo Lakes in the Lake Tahoe Basin up by Echo Summit. Ralston Peak
is the culmination 2 miles further west. Talking Mountain is a class 2-3 scramble to a nice summit with fine views of the South Lake Tahoe area, Desolation Wilderness, Carson Range and south to the peaks beyond Luther Pass with guys like Round Top
popping up in the distance.
Talking Mtn. summit view westFrom Placerville
Go east 48 miles on Hwy. 50 to Echo Summit. Go left on Forest Route 11N05 .6 miles to parking above Echo Lake.
near South Lake Tahoe go 5 miles on Hwy. 50 to Echo Summit and follow the directions above.
South from Talking Mountain
You can use the Pacific Crest Trail going up out of the parking lot for a few tenths mile as a starting point. Head south and west up the forested ridge negotiating downed trees. At about .7 miles the ridge is split by a class 3-4 wall. Go around it down to the right then back up to the ridge line and scramble some class 3 sections to the easy class 2 summit.
Echo Lake and Flagpole Peak (left)
No need for a permit for this day hike
When to Climb
South from Talking Mtn.
Generally June into October depending on the snowfall.
Southeast from Talking Mtn.
Here's the Forest Service page for camping
in Lake Tahoe Basin