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Awesome views. A bear crossed the trail in front of us on the way back down. The hike to the lake is easier than the nearby Bayview trail to Granite lake.

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful hike. Our family did it on July 10, 2018 and the kids (11yrs and 6yrs) loved it. We got there by 9:00am so the trail wasn’t too crowded. We hiked around to the right side of the lake and it was so quite and peaceful. The water was clear and cold. I definitely recommend this hike.

hiking
4 days ago

This is a short and sweet trail with great view and a nice little lake (Eagle Lake) that you can dip in. There are also waterfalls right by the lake that you can reach. This hike is great for families and doggies :). We spent some time at the lake and enjoyed it a lot. Parking (alone the road) is limited but not too bad.

hiking
4 days ago

Did this with my two sons as I was trying to get them outdoors. Beautiful views! They loved it!

Amazing trail

Did this as a day hike with a stutdy 9 year old and a daypack from Eagle Falls starting at 8am in mid July. Steady climb for about 2 miles with great landscapes. As you descend towards the Velma lakes the trail crosses a stream, which I could imagine being easy to miss or inaccessible with higher flows. The trail gets within 200-300 yds of Middle Velma, you have to scramble through boulders to get to the shore which isnt too tough. Tried to fly fish the lake in a few spots but saw nothing. Heard the park service is clearing fish from these lakes to restore Yellow Legged Frogs, fwiw. Bring insect repellant. Passed many backpackers who had overnighted at Dicks, Fontanellis and elsewhere.

hiking
8 days ago

Beautiful Hike. My 10year old daughter Ella loved it. She walked around in the lake.

Quick and easy with beautiful views at the top! I would definitely recommend wearing sturdy shoes though. I wore my chacos and slid 4-5 times coming back down.

hiking
10 days ago

Nice hike with beautiful views! I’m decently fit in my mid-20s and found this hike to be on the easier end of moderate. We started the hike at Vikingsholm and did an out and back to the end of the trail. The hardest part of the trek is the walk up the Vikingsholm access trail. Emerald Bay is easily accessible off trail and made for a refreshing dip at the end of the hike!

this is not a trail for every one

A perfect hike with popsicles at the end! We started up at the day parking area near the campgrounds. Loved the varying terrain and vegetation. Absolutely gorgeous views of Emerald Bay. It was warm so we stopped to swim on the way down and back up from Vikingsholm. We saw at least four Osprey nests throughout the hike as well.
And for the bonus round...once we got down to the Vikingsholm park center they had snacks and popsicles for sale! Sweet. After our snacks we took the extra .2 mile hop up to see Lower Eagle Falls, do not miss it!

hiking
14 days ago

Eagle lake at the top is worth the hike. Water is crystal clear. You can swim in the lake.

hiking
14 days ago

Arrived at the trail head at 9:30 AM. There was plenty of parallel parking near the trail head. There are no restrooms at the trail head, so it was good thing we stopped at the rest area on Donner Summit. Nor is there water.

From the start it was steeper than expected. It was also warm for July morning. For an alpine trail there isn't much shade. As others have said, the first .5 mile is the steepest then it lessens. The total climb is about 2 miles. We saw lots of dogs on the trail.

If I did this hike again, I would do it when it was cooler - maybe start earlier or go earlier/later in the season. And bring sun gear (wide brim hats, SPF clothing) and drinks with electrolytes.

backpacking
14 days ago

This was a great first trip of the year!! We hiked all the way to Hidden Lake, more peeps at lower lakes. The wind was crazy a couple nites, but it kept the relentless mosquitoes away. As we hiked out on the 6th we passed at least 30+ peeps hiking up. We did pass several dogs OFF leash and a couple on leash. Great family hike, backpacking trip

hiking
14 days ago

Great hike. Lots of interval climbing, super fun...super exhausting.

hiking
16 days ago

It was a quick, steep hike that ended with beautiful views of Lake Tahoe and the mountains.

This trail was suggested to us by a resident living in N. Tahoe. We were looking for a fairly short hike to get us onto the PCT to day hike, and man I'm so glad we took her suggestion! We got there fairy early, around 8am I guess, there was plenty of parking near the trail head but by the time we were coming off 6.5hrs later it was packed. Lots of people is groups so I'd suggest coming early. There is some exposure after the switchbacks at the start of the trail so I'd suggest a hat and definitely sun block. Once you get up into the forest where the lakes are you'll also want to have bug spray. The views were gorgeous and we only had a little trouble navigating our way to the PCT. We downloaded our map to my phone and it worked perfectly in helping us navigate our way as just beyond the lakes the trails split off a bunch and there aren't really any signs. Great place to explore and hang for a while!

hiking
18 days ago

Loved the hike! My 4 year old and 8 year old girls geeked the entire path without a complaint and LOVED getting in the Lake when we got there!

hiking
18 days ago

Really fun, moderate trail. We hiked up at 2pm in July so it was hot and mostly sunny with a few shade spots. We hiked down at 4:30pm and the trail was mainly shaded by that time in the afternoon. The incline alternated between somewhat steep to flat.

It’s easy to find the first lake (flat, muddy, and grassy) but keep going on the trail (you’ll pass a wooden sign) where you can turn off and find the big, clear, deeper lake.

The views of the granite cliffs are beautiful, the vegetation diverse as we ascended, and the birds active.

hiking
18 days ago

Vues magnifiques sur le lac Tahoe. Plages le long du chemin pour se baigner.

hiking
20 days ago

We took some pre-teens up this trail, while carrying backpacks for an overnight trip. Going up was challenging as it was a hot day and not much shade. Once we got up to the first lake, we couldn't find the other lakes until we asked the other hikers. Path to the other lakes aren't visible, but we found them anyway by walking around. Overnight stay was great and there were a lot of wild flowers which was beautiful.

hiking
23 days ago

This was a great hike. The spectacular lake view at the end is worth every step. The hike had views around every corner and after the falls the number of people dropped off dramatically. The large trees along the path keeps you in shade for most of the trip.

hiking
23 days ago

Nice hike with some great views and plenty of places to pull off and enjoy. Lots of people if you get there anytime after 8-9am. Couldn't make it all the way, as there was still snow on the trail. Parking at the trailhead or along the road.

Just hiked 5 miles round trip and loved the wild flowers and wild life (coyotes, butterflies, dragonflies). We were going to complete the loop but had to turn around 2.5 miles in because of a large body of water that we couldn’t cross due to inadequate footwear and the prevalence of mosquitoes. Gorgeous seasonal creeks, scattered run- down dwellings made this hike a pleasure to hike with our 4 year old. Plenty of shades and majestic redwoods.

So worth the time! Hike to the lake was a little tough for us since we are sea level folks and the altitude made breathing harder on the climb up. But WOW! The lake is gorgeous. Amazing view of Lake Tahoe down below and the falls leading to it.

Bring water and a camera! What a great hike! We carried our baby and our 3 year old trekked the entire hike. I recommend wearing proper shoes just to better enjoy your hike. Lots of rocks and our Nike wearers easily slipped several times. We had a great time! Even our niece and nephew who aren’t very patient with outdoors loved it.

hiking
26 days ago

Beautiful views in no time at all.

hiking
1 month ago

Took the dogs today for a short hike. Thus was a beautiful hike. Started early at 9 to beat the crowds. The waterfalls were great and the lake was crystal clear. The only bummer was not much space to sit at lake and enjoy it. On the way out around 11 there were people everywhere.

One of my all time favorite Tahoe hikes. Perfect for a little off boat excursion, and dont forget to jump off round rock.

hiking
1 month ago

Fairly easy hike through the rocks. Mostly stairs. Eagle lake is refreshing.

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