Eagle Lake Trail is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near South Lake Tahoe, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and snowshoeing and is best used 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.
Perfect trail. Not too difficult and great views.
Beautiful!! Saw a bunch of deer head back down the trail
This hike was beautiful! The lake is breathtaking! We enjoyed our lunch on the bolders and had a million dollar view!!
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.