Using two cars, my brother and I started at Echo Lake, and traversed the ridge from Flagpole Peak to Echo Peak, to Indian rock and then Angora Peak, and down to Angora Lakes parking lot, where the other car was left. A beautiful day filled with voluminous bonus scrambling on high quality granite.
Echo Peak via Echo Lakes Trailhead, PCT, and Triangle Lake Trail. We were on the trail at 11:15 and made it to the summit by 1:35. We went off-trail for the last 0.5 mile in order to take a more direct route. Party of 2. 5 miles and 2 hour 20 minutes to the summit. Weather was cloudy, with strong winds at the top. Low temperatures required gloves, beanies, and extra layers. The trail was covered in about 4 inches of fresh power, and required some route finding in certain parts. 1,785 ft elevation gain to the summit, and another 375 on the way back near Echo Lakes for a total of 2,165.
Scrambled up the class 2 and 3 terrain between Upper and Lower Echo Lakes. Ascent to the ridge between Flagpole and Echo was fun and straightforward, with enjoyable scrambling and not too much brush. Magnificent views from the ridge, which I hugged as I went up to Echo Peak. Even better views from the summit. Some snowfields still present but no snow travel is required. Descended following use trails towards Upper Echo Lake and had to deal with some unstable talus and thick brush. My friend took a different descent route, aiming more towards Lower Echo Lake, and had to deal with cliffs and much more brush. Pick your route wisely!
Scrambled up above the moderate terrain between Echo Lakes to the top. Had a lightning bolt strike just behind me, and dropped to the ground for a while. then finished the summit in the rain & thunder bouncing from big boulder to boulder. Chose a different descent, way crappier than the way up (brush & cliffs). Classic little adventure...
From Echo Lakes, followed the ridgeline up to Flagpole then over to Echo Peak, then down and over to Keiths Dome before coming back via the PCT. A fun time for sure. TR is HERE.
Followed PCT in to beneath Flagpole Peak, up SW slope to tiny saddle NW of peak, then to Flagpole. From Flagpole, followed a varying line, mostly over snow, to Echo Peak. Departed south, straight down boulder field to Upper Echo Lake and out on the PCT.
Climbed a line from the southeast and descended the southwest slope. Great view on top.
Amazing views at the top took the tamarack trail to echo peak and then back down the tamarack trail. There are some really awesome rocks at the peak!
Flagpole and Echo in mixed conditions!
Nice quick trip up Echo and scrambling out over Indian Rock - Some tempting views put Angora peak on my list!
Short easy day, beautiful weather.
...of this fine view. From Echo Lake via the Triangle/Lily Lake trail.
Traversed Flagpole and Echo Peak with 3 ft of snow cover, with Pete T. and Matt S.
Gorgeous day, wonderful snow hike.
Up from Angora Lake, down Flagpole Peak descent route to Echo Lake.
Took the main Echo Lake trail and then the spur towards Triangle Lake- but hit the snowline a couple hundred yards up the spur. From there it was cross country on well consolidated snow (no snowshoes/skis) that lasted until 1/4 mile below the summit.
From Echo I continued the ridge traverse over to Flagpole and descended to the lake from there.
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Gorgeous hike. Tough trailbreaking in snowshoes but had a group of 7 to rotate the lead. Amazing views of Lake Tahoe. A must do in winter!
From Echo Lakes trailhead.
This was the first Sierra peak I climbed. My friends and I sat on top all day smoking Marlboros, listening--over and over--to The Moody Blues, and Grand Funk Railroad on a big heavy cassette tape recorder. We said things like, "I don't know man." and "Bitch'n".
I didn't have a camera, but the image of Echo Lake below is burned into my head. It made quite an impression.