Eagle Falls to Lake Schmidell and Lake Louis

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Desolation Wilderness

Eagle Falls to Lake Schmidell and Lake Louis is a 19.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Tahoma, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length19.1 miElevation gain4,291 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashBackpackingCampingFishingHikingNature tripsForestLakeRiverViewsWildlife
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Chinmay Nirkhe
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BackpackingOff trailSnowWashed out

Be warned that even in June (we backpacked June 13-14, 2020) there is still a lot of snow between Lakes Lois and Schmidell and on the hikes up. It can be dangerous if you don't aren't accustomed to hiking on snow or don't have the proper equipment. The trail is very faded/washed out (I'm guessing due to the reduced maintenance because of coronavirus) at places and we lost the trail quite a few times. But, it is easy enough to find one's way back on because of the natural landmarks and overall rather navigable terrain. In addition, the trail has at least 6 river crossings that we had to wade through as there is no man-made or natural bridge available. Also, our fitness tracking recorded the entire route at 23.1 miles so much longer than the listed distance here. The views along the Desolation wilderness are fantastic, however, and I would love to go back and see it again. It can get very cold at Lake Lois at 8200ft and for us, even in June, it was below freezing when we camped. Be ready for all sorts of weather. Enjoy!

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Katie Lyon
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Backpacking

Absolutely gorgeous, the views are incredible throughout. The first two miles are definitely the hardest part and the rest of it has a good variety of uphill and downhill. The terrain is super varied which I loved and it switches between forests and rock piles. We did the trip in two days and it was amazing, I highly recommend.

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Avi Edri
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Hiking
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