All of the Best Ways to Explore Echo Lake, CA

Echo Lake, CA, is a popular stop on the way to Lake Tahoe, and for good reasons! This small community is just over an hour northeast from Placerville, CA, and features many great things to do outdoors! This year-round destination has moderately challenging hiking trails, kayaking, fishing, cross-country skiing, and more. No matter what time of year you plan to visit, you can surely find something exciting to do! Browse more on this area’s history and best things to do there below.

Top Things to Do in Echo Lake, CA

Echo Lake History

Today, this area is almost exclusively used for outdoor recreation. However, Echo Lake also has a unique history! In the mid to late-1800s, Echo Summit was used as a pathway to deliver mail via skis. Then, in 1968, it was used as a training facility for the Olympic summer games! Echo Lake, CA, has seen a significant change in functionality over the years. Come experience its first-class outdoor recreation for yourself during your road trip to Lake Tahoe!

Explore the Hiking Trails

During the warmer months, Lake Echo visitors take to the hiking trails! This trailhead offers several diverse hikes that vary in difficulty from easy to difficult, and mileage varies from 2.5 to 9.3 miles. The Echo Lakes hike to Upper Echo Lake is the most popular among visitors of all skill levels. This hike is short and offers stunning views of rock and water formations.

Enjoy a Peaceful Afternoon on the Water

Kick back and relax at Echo Lake! In the summertime, this wilderness area is a popular spot for swimming, kayaking, and fishing. There’s a common area near the water’s edge with outdoor seating, grills, and everything you need for a picnic before heading on to your final destination! Or, venture down to Lower Echo Lake for premier fishing in an unassuming location.

Can’t get enough of the outdoors? Continue the adventure in the Sierra Nevada Foothills with the activities at Folsom Lake! Located just 20 minutes west of Eden Vale Inn, it’s the perfect addition of outdoor recreation to your getaway. Or, opt to visit the beautiful parks in Placerville!

Continue on to Eden Vale Inn

Soft bed by sitting area and patio doors in the Cottonwood room


Complete your journey to Eden Vale Inn after an afternoon of exploring Echo Lake, CA! This magnificent area is just a taste of what Northern California has to offer its visitors. Round-out your trip with a stay at our romantic Northern California bed and breakfast! We offer seven luxuriously-appointed guest rooms and first-class amenities.

Consider a stay in our Cottonwood Room! Enjoy southwestern decor in a tranquil space. This large room offers a king-size bed, cozy sofa, private bathroom, and access to a brick patio with tables, chairs, and a swing for two. 

Check our availability and plan your adventure to Eden Vale Inn!