Echo Lakes to Lake of the Woods and Ropi Lake:
Lake of the Woods, with numerous coves, islands, and campsites, is a popular destination accessible by maintained trail. The rest of Desolation Valley beyond Lake of the Woods is one of the most picturesque corners of Desolation Wilderness. Beneath the rugged east face of majestic Pyramid Peak, the granite, glacier scoured basin holds a plethora of lakes and ponds, most of which are not accessible by developed and maintained trail. Hikers and backpackers with rudimentary cross-country skills have a fantastic playground for exploration of the nooks and crannies of this alpine-like basin. Hikers will typically find snow-free trails from mid- July to mid-October. The water taxi runs from July 4th to Labor Day weekend, with limited service after that, usually through September.
Cascade Falls: Cascade Falls tumbles 200 feet down smooth granite rock into Cascade Lake. The hike to Cascade Falls follows a hillside ridge 350 feet above Cascade Lake, a glacially carved lake surrounded by forest. Also in full view to the north and east is Lake Tahoe 600 feet below. Beyond Cascade Falls along Cascade Creek are deep pools, tumbling white water, and superb picnic spots.
ICE SKATING AT HEAVENLY VILLAGE
Heavenly Mountain Village, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150