Mineral King to Eagle Lake Trail is a 6.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Three Rivers, CA that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
A day hike from Mineral King Valley to Eagle lake and back. The hike from Mineral King to Eagle is short and steep with about 2200ft elevation gain in about 3.4 miles. The hike starts at an elevation of about 7600+ and reaches just below 10000ft at Eagle lake. This is a moderately difficult hike and can be finished in half a day, although it might be more relaxing if you have a full day.
Camped at Cold Springs the night before and left camp pretty early. The additional few miles from Cold Springs to the Eagle Lake trailhead are very easy - flat and well maintained. The climb up to Eagle Lake is not an easy hike by any means. The elevation gain is rapid and there's a fair bit of scrambling up and over boulder sections. Extremely worth it - breathtaking views and a gorgeous little lake at the top with some evergreen groves to relax in.
As other reviewers have mentioned, the drive in is pretty hairy. Winding/narrow gravel roads with some (I'm assuming locals) flying 30 mph around blind curves. Be safe!
Awesome hike, but elevation gain was a little tough to manage. Drive to the trailhead was a little sketch, I think a little over 20 miles through windy, narrow, mountain roads.
Made a day hike up today (10-12-2016) the 3.6 miles is deceiving. All trails tracked me at the beginning of the trail head and when it was all said and done I topped out at 8.2 miles round trip. Didn't do much "exploring" since it was only a day hike. Tough little climb but you are definitely rewarded once you reach the lake. I plan on returning for a 2-3 day trip, going over the ridge and checking out the Mosquitos next year.
I hiked Eagle Lake trail today and I have to say this is the most beautiful scene I have ever seen, although the drive is bad. As soon as you start the trail you hear the waterfalls and are walking along side a creek. The entire way up to the lake my eyes couldn't believe what they were seeing. Hands down 5 star trail!!
This was my first trip into the Mineral King area and if you’re willing to endure 24 miles of extremely curvy, narrow and jacked up road to get back into this little valley you’re going to be rewarded. The trail begins in shadows of some amazing peaks that offer adventure and excitement so we started off at a quick adrenaline induced pace which ended abruptly as we started to climb. So you’re pretty much climbing the entire 3.5 or so miles to get to Eagle Lake. We managed to overcome the 2,000 plus foot climb in a couple hours despite our casual pace. The lake and surrounding area basically sit in horseshoe of granite peaks. The brook trout were very active so we added a little catch and release into our trip. I have to agree with the moderate rating for this hike and despite the challenging drive into Mineral King, Eagle Lake definitely has me interested in exploring this area some more in the future.
This trail is challenging and beautiful, I highly recommend it!