|Area:||Eagle Cap Wilderness|
|Misc:||Note: There is no limit on the size and number of brook trout taken from these lakes.|
|Notes:||Echo Lake is truly a gem of an alpine lake. It is the first lake you come to in the chain of Echo and Traverse Lakes if you have hiked in from West Eagle Meadows. It is also the larger of the two lakes and has more camping opportunities. Late in the summer it may loose some of it's charm as it is drawn down for irrigation water. |
|Route:||From La Grande, take I-84 south to exit 265 and travel east on Highway 203 14 miles to Union. In the center of town, turn left of Beakman Street and continue past Catherine Creek State Park to the summit, turning on Road 77 to West Eagle Meadows. The last 5 miles are rough and rocky. A Northwest Forest Pass is required to park here. |
|Reference:||Backpacking Oregon by Lorain / 100 Hikes Eastern Oregon by Sullivan / Hiking Oregon's Eagle Cap Wilderness by Barstad / Complete Angle's Guide to Oregon by Shewey|
looking down to Echo Lake from the trail to Traverse Lake.
a campsite at Echo's east end