My favorite scramble to introduce people to the Sierra. A quick ascent from Echo Lake via an interesting class 3 route. Highly recommended
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.
Fun hike with Todd. Woke up a bear on the north side of Flagpole.
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.
Got car half way in on Echo Lakes Road, stopped due to snow, parked it, and got started. Approached on the trail to beneath the pole, then took the boulder route up to the tiny saddle just NW of the peak. On up from there on snow to the exposed summit. Then on to Echo Peak.
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.
Great scramble in mixed conditions
Beautiful views along the Southeast face, fun scramble with many options
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.
Led one pitch up the south headwall to the summit ridge, probably a 5.5 at the crux.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Close, fun scrambling with SMG, and we even set up a short top rope off the summit.
Easy afternoon traverse over from Echo Peak. Still quite snowy up there but no skeeters yet.
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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.
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!
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.