Eagle Lake Trail

MODERATE 160 reviews
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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, nature trips, and snowshoeing and is accessible from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.8 miles 486 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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.

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13 days ago

Perfect trail. Not too difficult and great views.

hiking
15 days ago

Beautiful!! Saw a bunch of deer head back down the trail

walking
21 days ago

Beautiful....

26 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

This hike was beautiful! The lake is breathtaking! We enjoyed our lunch on the bolders and had a million dollar view!!

1 month ago

Beautiful trail and not too long.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views. Shaded trails with views of Emerald Bay. Moderate incline at times with rocks to rest on.

1 month ago

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)

1 month ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful views the whole way!

2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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.

2 months ago

2 months ago

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.