Eagle Lake Trail is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near South Lake Tahoe, CA that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and snowshoeing and is accessible from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Leading into the heart of Desolation Wilderness (permit required), the 2 mile round trip moderate Eagle Lake trail offers forest, lake and far reaching views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra high country. At the Eagle Falls trailhead, obtain your wilderness permit. Head SW up the trail, climbing gently at first, then ascending a steep set of stone steps. Climb the stairs about 5 minutes to the falls and the short loop trail. Cross the high bridge and enjoy the vista back down the canyon to Emerald Bay. To continue on to Eagle Lake, follow the trail gradually uphill another half mile or so until you reach a fork. The right hand trail leads to the lake, resting in a glacial cirque below North Maggies Peak (about 20-25 more minutes, this is a good hike for children). Take a swim in the cold! Eagle Lake waters, or keep going further to reach Velmas, Dicks, and Fontanillis lakes. Trail can be crowded but offers a great workout and good places to picnic near Eagle Lake on big boulders.
Beautiful trail and not too long.
Beautiful views. Shaded trails with views of Emerald Bay. Moderate incline at times with rocks to rest on.
great hike. we walked up to Eagle Lake with our girls (10 + 6). not much water in the falls at this time of year. and the trail was very crowded.
we're traveling with an RV and it was very difficult to find parking, so come early (before 10am)
Beautiful hike. We did the loop from Eagle's Lake trailhead around Maggie's Peak and Bayview/Granite Lake Trail. Approximately 6-7 miles. Steep inclines - some snow at the Summit and spectacular views of Lake Tahoe and Emerald Bay.
Falls aren't as active this time of year, but still a good hike into Desolation. We climbed down the falls rather than following the trail back and you will find some cool views there. Make sure to take the upper falls trail and take in the view at the top.
Beautiful views the whole way!
My Dog Minnie's favorite trail went today and arrived at Eagle Lake at 8 am and even thou it was 35 degrees my girl had to go for a swim perfect short hike with the prize at the top
Moderate hike was well rewarded by the beautiful views at Eagle Lake. Due to the road construction there were far fewer hikers than we were expecting.
Great paced hike to the top; trail clearly marked up with such a rewarding Eagle Lake destination. We ran out of sun and weren't able to do Dick's Lake which forks to the left but this alone was a great spot. Several areas to park yourself along the water and enjoy the surroundings. Bring a picnic with you if you can and take a dip in the water if the weather permits.
Lots of steps. Kids loved it. Lots of people. We went on 4th of July and Labor Day weekend. Beautiful views. Nice hike that'll leave you feeling good at the end of the day.
Came in before around 8:30am and there were still a lot of parking spaces. The hike was all uphill but my 6 year old daughter and 5-month old pup didn't have any problems with the climb. The lake was beautiful. We packed Aqua shoes for some water play. Overall a great and positive experience. Sets the bar high as this is our first "real" hike as a family.
Great trail, getting to the lake was mostly all up hill. The views were amazing and when we got to the lake, the water was great and refreshing. Our dog did get worn out from the climb so we just took more breaks. Parking was tricky, we went on a nice warm weekend so all the lots were full and so was roadside parking. We got lucky and found a spot in one of the lots.
Great hike with great views
Eagle lake is incredible, a tucked away lake in the mountains. You can park at the Emerald Bay parking lot ($10) or Eagle Lake parking lot ($5). Parking fills up by 9:30 am so get there early! A bit strenuous at times for novice hikers, but definitely worth it. Bring a bathing suit and if you're up for it swim to the rock island in the middle of the lake!
This is a GREAT, accessible hike for people of all ages.
Good hike. Fabulous views of Lake Tahoe and eagle lake. Even had 9 year old, saw younger kids. Would do it again!
Pretty crowded, so It was hard to find parking, but the views are amazing.