Eagle Lake Trail

MODERATE 271 reviews
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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.

DISTANCE
1.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
495 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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.

15 hours ago

Beautiful hike to the waterfall, there is a lot of water flowing right now! Amazing views of Emerald Bay! We went early before the crowds, if go after 10am expect tons of people and difficulty parking!

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2 days ago

Beautiful hike along a waterfall runoff. The end result at Eagle Lake is amazing and peaceful.

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7 days ago

Beautiful place....clean clear water, feel like get in to the water but super cold. Great place for a short hike.

7 days ago

8 days ago

Beautiful alpine lake! I found it a bit crowded, however.

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9 days ago

Get your Billy goat legs on! This is a great hike!

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14 days ago

Very cool trail. Not excessively difficult, but it was a good workout on the way up. Great views of falls all the way up, and some really nice vistas of Emerald Bay. Only drawback was the crowd at Eagle Lake and their boom box that was playing bad house music.

hiking
14 days ago

Highly recommend. Moderately challenging hike if there is snow on the trail. Great views of waterfalls as well as emerald bay on the way to Eagle Lake!

14 days ago

Awesome waterfalls!

hiking
14 days ago

This hike had amazing views of Emerald Bay! Starting out there is a lot of stairs. I have asthma so it was difficult for me but not too much to the point I had to use my inhaler. At one point the trail is hard to keep track of before you go over the bigger rock hill that has great views. Right before you do get to the lake there are a few more stairs. Once you get to the lake there wasn't a ton of available spots to hang out. Most were already taken. I had brought my swimsuit to swim but brrr that water was WAY too cold for me. Maybe in August it will be warmer to swim.