Eagle Lake Trail

MODERATE 285 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 offers a number of activity options 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

trail running

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.

1 hour ago

We took a 5 year old who made it the whole way!

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1 day ago

Easy and fun! Water is so cold and so refreshing! Highly recommend especially during the week when there are less people about.

Quick and fun hike! Bring some snacks and towels to spend some time at Eagle lake :)

backpacking
2 days ago

Absolutely beautiful. If you can make it up to Velma Lake as well, I would highly recommend it. The snow made it even more fun.

2 days ago

Hard hike, well worth it in the end - Beautiful snow melt lake. Bet you can't get in.

hiking
2 days ago

3 days ago

Falls were raging in late June '17!!

3 days ago

Falls were raging in late June '17!!

hiking
4 days ago

hiking
4 days ago

My boyfriend and I really enjoyed this hike! Remember to get a (free) day pass so that you can hike to Eagle Lake/Desolation Wilderness. We took the trail right and headed towards the vista point first. We then retraced our steps back to the trail and continued to the Lake. The lake was gorgeous! Cold from melting mountain snow but nice. Retrace again to continue the loop. You get some great views of the mountains and a few waterfalls along the way.
I wasn't happy about the plastic water bottles in hard-to-reach places so please, no more plastic bottles! If you take it with you, bring it back out of the park!

4 days ago

A lot of family's hiking this trail. Overall great experience and great views.

hiking
4 days 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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5 days ago

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7 days ago

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

7 days ago

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