Eagle Lake Trail

MODERATE 366 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.

Easy to hike to upper falls for kids

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3 days ago

I was there last week. Beautiful canyon and lake. Lots of steps. A steady ascent. Well maintained trail. Mixed shade along trail. A popular place on a Thursday so the weekends must be packed. We parked up the street a ways, south of trailhead. Well worth the trek.

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6 days ago

Go early during peek summer time. We went at 8:00am and it was perfect. When we left at 10:00 there was no parking and a lot of people walking the trail.

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6 days ago

Easy hike, beautiful lake. Get here EARLY though. Parking around the trail becomes ridiculous after 10 a.m.

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7 days ago

Great trail. There is some climbing - mostly granite steps - but it's very manageable. The waterfalls are beautiful and the lake is a great place to hang out, get wet & have lunch. Parking is a challenge but we met some nice people who told us they were leaving...thanks! We'll pay it forward.

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9 days ago

This place was a GEM! Easy-Moderate hike 2 miles round trip! The lake is beautiful, clear, and clean. PLEASE TAKE ALL TRASH YOU BRING IN, out with you. Parking is difficult on the weekends, but well worth the treck! Dog and kid friendly.

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15 days ago

Good and easy hiking . Amazing view