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Talking Mountain

Talking Mountain

Talking Mountain

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: California, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 38.83272°N / 120.06942°W

Object Title: Talking Mountain

County: Eldorado

Activities: Hiking, Scrambling, Skiing

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 8824 ft / 2690 m


Page By: Noondueler

Created/Edited: Aug 3, 2014 / Mar 11, 2016

Object ID: 907533

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Echo Lake and the Carson Range
Echo Lake and the Carson Range
I was chatting it up with the peak when it reminded me that the weather overhead was anything but stable. When I turned to head down it thanked me for giving it a page on SP. 
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.

Getting There

Talking Mtn. summit west view
Talking Mtn. summit view west
From Placerville Go east 48 miles on Hwy. 50 to Echo Summit. Go left on Forest Route 11N05 .6 miles to parking above Echo Lake.
From Meyers near South Lake Tahoe go 5 miles on Hwy. 50 to Echo Summit and follow the directions above.


South from Talking Mtn.
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.

Red Tape

Echo Lake and Flagpole Peak
Echo Lake and Flagpole Peak (left)
No need for a permit for this day hike

When to Climb

South from Talking Mtn.
South from Talking Mtn.
Generally June into October depending on the snowfall.


Southeast from Talking Mtn.
Southeast from Talking Mtn.
Here's the Forest Service page for camping in Lake Tahoe Basin

Weather and 10 day forecast

South from Talking Mtn.
South from Talking Mtn.
Click here for the forecast for South Lake Tahoe.


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