Echo Lake Camp is in the Red Fir Forest portion of the Upper Montane Life Zone.
At an elevation of 7,300 feet this region receives the largest snow pack in the Sierra. A typical 10 foot snow depth at Echo Lake Camp will not completely melt until early July.
Dominating Red Fir trees create a dark environment with mostly a single layer of perennial herbs.
Our camp is near other habitats such as the Jeffrey pine forest, the white fir forest, and the montane chaparral community. Nearby are dry meadows, wet meadows, mountain streams, swamps, granite slopes, and lake basins.
This section presents many of the plants and animals you can expect to see in and around Echo Lake Camp.