Eagle Lake Trail is a 1.8 mile heavily 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

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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.

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1 day ago

A beautiful hike from start to end! It’s a moderate to easy hike. Nothing too strenuous just a few incline areas that can get your heart rate up.

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2 days ago

recorded Eagle Lake Trail

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6 days ago

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6 days ago

Gorgeous hike! A bit busy today. We started at about 1pm. Stone and rocky path pretty much the entire way up, rigorous at times but worth it! Make sure you have on good hiking shoes. Beautiful views on way up to Eagle lake including, Emerald Bay, Eagle waterfall and all the gorgeous cliffs and pines. Favorite hike so far at Lake Tahoe!!

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no shade
7 days ago

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7 days ago

Friday May 29, 2020. Arrived just after 9 am was able to park in main parking lot, and it was only half full. Great hiking weather, still slightly cool for the uphill walk which is moderate. Has been a warm week, and the snow melt has Eagle Creek at pretty high flow. Beautiful all the way up, and Eagle Lake is quite spectacular. Most of the seasonal side creeks are dry now. A few side creeks had a trickle of water, so there was some mud. No snow anywhere along the trail. A lot more people on the trail on the way back down, and the main and highway parking lots were full at just after 11 am. So, highly recommend the hike with the caveat that you get there early to avoid the crowds.

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rocky
10 days ago

This is a beautiful, but tough trail. Well worth it for the views, the workout and the spots to take a cool dip in crystal clear water. There’s still quite a bit of snow on the upper regions and lakes side areas and it obscures the trail quite a bit. The map component of this app was helpful in alleviating any stress that I’d lost the trail.

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13 days ago

Fun and clean trail! Except for there are a lot of people so you’ve been warned. Got knee problems? I’m here are a lot of steps going up so that’s something to think about before going on your adventure. Beautiful sight so overall worth it and definitely recommend.

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23 days ago

Rain, snow, hail, wind, no wind, muddy, icy, deep snow. I went further than I expected. I didn’t have snow shoes. I was intending to make it to dicks lake but the clouds were literally covering the ridge that led to my destination. So I made lunch and went home. Great experience and I will be back!

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25 days ago

Easy short hike to a scenic alpine lake. Spring fresh greens surrounding the lake. Roaring water falls along the way. I interpreted the NF Closed sign and map to be for the developed site around the public restroom and got on the trail. Saw 6 other hikers during my 2 hour leisurely hike.

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27 days ago

This is a very good place to hike. Good waterfall scene. Have to be super energetic to climb upwards. We found some snow in May. It’s melting thou.

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1 month ago

Is anyone worried about getting cited for being on the trail? I had heard you may get cited if you are found anywhere in Desolation...Has anyone seen any kind of enforcement at the closed parking area or trailhead? Would like to backpack in for just 1 night... Please message me with any details!

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

very nice trail with just done patches of snow just after the bridge. Some running water in spots. Easily made it to the lake. Took off 1 start because the trail is not well marked in spots.

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