Eagle Lake Trail

MODERATE 232 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 is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and snowshoeing 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

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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hiking
24 days ago

Beautiful hike and amazing views!

hiking
24 days ago

Great easy hike, bigger falls past the lake and great rock formations. Photographers dream spot on an uncrowded day.

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty interesting hike. Lots of snow. Carry good shoes and lots of water. Should be bit easier when all the snow melts. Follow the creek upstream. You'll not regret it.

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5 months ago

great hike

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5 months ago

Perfect trail. Not too difficult and great views.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful!! Saw a bunch of deer head back down the trail

walking
6 months ago

Beautiful....

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