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
383 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 (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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21 minutes ago

Great hike. There are some icy parts now (mid Dec) - but the extra caution in those areas is well worth taking for the view of the lake. Ice skaters were enjoying the lake as well. Don’t be put off by the numerous cars - most visitors don’t go beyond the entry to the park.

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28 days ago

Views every step of the way

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1 month ago

Good and easy go.

1 month ago

Great

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1 month ago

Fairly difficult beginning up the granite stairs but the climb is so worth it. amazing views along the trail and the lake is gorgeous. Will defiantly revisit this trail and the desolation wilderness area.

1 month ago

Love this hike! Great views and good balance of challenge and leisurely

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1 month ago

Great end of October, crisp and beautiful view !

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1 month ago

Great hike! We took our time, stopping here and there to enjoy the view. A little crowded (end of October). Wish more people kept their dogs on leash, not because I don't like doggies, but some part of the trail are a little narrow and a dog running into you could be dangerous, specially for kids. We'll do it again with friends, for sure :)