May 29, 2022
Type : hike
Length : 1.4 miles, loop
Elevation Gain : 70 ft.
High Point : 3,490 ft.
Wanted to get the family out for a quick hike, so we headed to our go to spot, Echo Ridge. There is a pretty good trail system, and we found a loop the previous summer that is easy for my son, and doesn’t get much, if any, mountain bike traffic. There was only one other car at the Lower Trailhead when we arrived. Even in the heart of the summer, I have never seen more than a handful of cars in any lot.
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Lower Echo Ridge Trailhead
Start of the hike on Tootsie Roll Trail
We headed over to the Tootsy Roll trail and began the hike. The cool and wet spring meant everything was much greener than I have seen the past couple of years, and there were a number of flowers in blossom. The mountains in the distance still had snow on them.
Snow covered mountains off in the distance
The trail itself has no real elevation gain and makes for a very easy stroll, and my son had fun running along the trail and throwing pine cones. When the sun occasionally peaked through the clouds it felt warm, but otherwise was a cool day, considering it was the end of May.
Flower in bloom
Green hills in Echo Ridge
We came to the junction with Lolly Pop and kept on hiking along Tootsy Roll. We eventually came to a spot with views of Lake Chelan.
Views of Lake Chelan
We eventually reached the junction again, and ventured onto Lolly Pop to head back to the car, enjoying the views and flowers along the way.
Flowers on the side of the trail
A great quick and easy hike for the family, with nice views of the mountains/hills around Echo Ridge. It was fun to see everything so green, and as always, there were very few people up here (at least compared to what I am used to from hiking around Seattle...)