Eagle Lake Trail

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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.

1.8 miles
495 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips


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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.

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Absolutely beautiful. Dog loved it. We did continue on the path towards Lower Velma Lake to the top vista for a panoramic view of Eagle Lake from above. That was an all uphill hike but definitely worth it.

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Eagle Lake is beautiful and worth the hike!

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7 days ago

nice short semi moderate "hiking" trail with lots of rocks and vegetation...heavily hiked even during the week. good beginner trail. I noticed on the way back there's a trolley and bus stop .... would be interesting to take a trolley to the hike so everyone can enjoy the view on the way. although I never saw a trolley on the way there or back. yes nice hike to do once if u don't mind people.

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13 days ago

Great hike. Water throughout (Summer '17), many side trails, and beautiful views!

15 days ago

Love this trail! The views are worth it and the lake is beautiful!!

17 days ago

We loved this hike. Beautiful views of Emerald Bay if you take the Vista Trail. On a hot day this hike seems much longer than stated. steep steps. Lots of people on the trail. Well worth the effort when your reach Eagle Lake.

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22 days ago

Good times. Went off the normal trail which increased the difficulty as well as the views.

24 days ago

A really great hike with spectacular views of Emerald Bay as you ascend up the trail toward Eagle Lake. Beautiful falls along the way so bring your camera. I brought my dog along and he loved swimming in Eagle Lake and cooling off after hiking.
Parking in the lot is difficult so go early in the day, preferably morning.