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.
dogs on leash
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.
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.
Perfect trail. Not too difficult and great views.
Beautiful!! Saw a bunch of deer head back down the trail
This hike was beautiful! The lake is breathtaking! We enjoyed our lunch on the bolders and had a million dollar view!!
Beautiful trail and not too long.
Beautiful views. Shaded trails with views of Emerald Bay. Moderate incline at times with rocks to rest on.