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.

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.

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9 hours ago

Very mellow hike up to Eagle Lake with gorgeous views of fall foliage this time of year. Plenty of hammocking trees surround the lake as well !

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4 days ago

This is a very nice easy trail. We encountered a grizzly bear on the way and were lucky enough that he decided to go the other way!!! It was awesome !!

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5 days ago

We did the exact same route as Emily Collins. Check in the recordings to find her trail.
We kept on going after the eagle lake and we did a loop via the granite lake. There was nobody on the trail after we passed the lake.
About 11km loop, such a good loop! Thanks Emily!

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6 days ago

Excellent hike! Beautiful views. Would do this again for sure!

7 days ago

Easy trail, beautiful view of lake on top, a bit rocky at the very top.

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We got there at about 9:30 am on a Sunday and it was CROWDED. We almost left. As soon as we got up past the falls there was hardly anyone on the trail. So glad we kept going, so beautiful and so worth while!

We started on the Eagle Lake Trail then continued on into the Desolation Wilderness and made a big loop taking us to Maggie's Peaks and Granite Lake. The last part on the roadway was not the best due to narrow shoulder, but there are lots of other folks walking and it is doable. Definitely recommend doing it in this direction, I think going around the loop in the other direction would be much tougher.

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