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
433 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

Leading into the heart of Desolation Wilderness (a permit is required), the 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. The trail can be crowded but offers a great workout and good places to picnic near Eagle Lake on big boulders.

1 day ago

It wonderful trail. Took us about 45 mins walk wonderful view the lake

9 days ago

gorgeous hike and the lake is amazing! might have been because I went on a Saturday, but it was incredibly crowded all the way up and down. Still a good one!

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11 days ago

Beautiful lake, fairly easy hike. The falls were dry so not much to see. Pleasant place to stop for lunch.

15 days ago

Great hike and lunch spot at lake.

24 days ago

The lake is breathtaking! The only caveat was that the hike is short but you can add on, and the crowds.

25 days ago

Prettythe whole way up and down with great views at the lake

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28 days ago

My first hike EVER! It was tumultuous for me as an amateur but I pressed in and got to the beautiful Eagle Lake and it was totally worth it!!

1 month ago

A cavalcade of expertly placed stone steps that traverse several promontories with views across Emerald Bay and Lake Tahoe. Trail leads to perfect alpine gem Eagle Lake. Cold but easily swimmable in late September. Moderate difficulty, short enough for families. Bring water. Highly recommended.

1 month ago

nice hike with great views of Lake Tahoe with a pretty little Lake as the reward.

1 month ago

I did this hike for my birthday in August. A bit challenging, especially the stone stairs past Upper Eagle falls, but very worth it! To date, this was my favorite hike. I suffer from chronic pain and this hike was a goal of mine and I completed it with just a few resting points. Amazing views!!

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1 month ago

This is a challenging trail. Spend time on a good stair climber if you’re over 50.

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1 month ago

Short, sweet, and easy, but absolutely gorgeous. Haven't done this in a very long time, but miss it terribly.

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2 months ago

Awesome and easy hike! Views are breath taking. I suggest getting there (if going on the weekends) early in the am between 8-9 am. You’ll beat the rush as anything past 10 am you can forget about finding a parking spot.

2 months ago

first 1/4 all stairs so that part is tough but it's an amazing trail the views are spectacular

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2 months ago

Amazing views along the entire trail but once you reach the lake it is really something else. Worth every step.

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2 months ago

Perfect views
Easy trail
Enjoy it

2 months ago

Beautiful day. Less people there; school kids are ‘in’. Perfect weather.

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2 months ago

Simple and easy hike with a Great Lake at the end to swim in. Recommend for a relaxed walk.

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2 months ago

Beautiful views. Short hike. Not very hard.

2 months ago

Great for dogs! Lots of stairs. ❤️

2 months ago

Awesome trail. Quick and easy. You can relax at the pool just past the bridge.

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2 months ago

Hike was easy with limited moderate spots. Just beautiful but what can I say, it is Tahoe! Go early to secure a parking spot.

3 months ago

just beautiful.

3 months ago

Third time we have been on the trail over the past twelve years. Love it! Serenity up in the mountains.

3 months ago

Great family hike. Takes about 30 minutes

3 months ago

A short hike to a beautiful lake to swim in.

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3 months ago

Loved it! It took us about 30 minutes to get to Eagle Lake and about 20 to get back down. It is a little strenuous in the beginning with lots of steps to climb but it’s a good, quick workout. The lake was warm enough to get into it and truly a hidden gem! It would be fun to take inflatable paddle boards and spend some time on the lake itself.

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3 months ago

Great little hike with a great swimming lake at the end.
Parking is problematic as the Emerald Bay hi way traffics terrible.

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3 months ago

This hike was beautiful! Lots of Incline in the beginning but I took my time to enjoy the view. The lake was breathtaking. It was such a treat to swim in the lake. Bring water shoes if you plan to walk into the lake.

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3 months ago

A family favorite for many years. It never fails to delight. The granite peaks to the north against a deep blue sky are a sight I look forward to each time we hike this trail.

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