Mineral King to Eagle Lake Trail

MODERATE 60 reviews
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Mineral King to Eagle Lake Trail is a 6.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Three Rivers, 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 October.

DISTANCE
6.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,240 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

A day hike from Mineral King Valley to Eagle lake and back. The hike from Mineral King to Eagle is short and steep. The hike starts at an elevation of about 7,600+ and reaches just below 10,000ft at Eagle lake. This is a moderately difficult hike and can be finished in half a day, although it might be more relaxing if you have a full day.

hiking
8 days ago

Awesome hike with beautiful views. Hike was strenuous at times- especially not being used to the altitude. The marmots were very used to humans- one took a few bites out of my shoe! Bring mosquito repellent. I stayed the night and was able to enjoy peace and wake up to beautiful views of the lake.

hiking
12 days ago

Dope trail not to hard but challenging

14 days ago

Really pretty lake with great fishing. The marmots were relentless at taking whatever they could when our backs were turned.

26 days ago

Love this trail. Mountain perfection! Creek crossing is safe right now. There is small patches of snow at the lake but you won't see any on the trail. If you got sweet blood like I do, bug spray is a must! Mosquitos are out and hungry!! Great elevation gain hike & views to kill for!

1 month ago

Nice hike not to strenuous. Nice looking lake water still very cold every time I’m at a alpine lake I have to take a dip in. Plenty of brown Trout caught a few in just a hour very good day.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked to Eagle Lake on Memorial Day weekend. Amazing views. The air was fresh, weather was crisp.

hiking
1 month ago

It's a cute one, consider adding mosquito lake

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing hike. Did it over memorial day weekend when the weather was cold which was perfect. Started at around 42F and ended at around 58F. There is still little bit of snow on the trail but not enough to make it slippery. Many different terrains on the trail which makes it interesting and so much to see, The last section before the lake is climbing boulders which for me was challenging and that is why I would rate this trail as strenuous. It took 3.25 hours to hike up and 2.5 hours to hike down at a relaxing pace with several stops. Stopped at Eagle lake for an hour for lunch and the amazing views.

hiking
1 month ago

Tried to do this hike today 5/19/18 but the last gate before Silver City is closed due to a washout on the road. Its another 5 1/2 to 6 miles of walking on the paved road until you get to the trail head. According to a park ranger I met there the gate should open in a week or 2. I

5 months ago

A must. Gorgeous lake. Alot of history in the area. Trail is well maintained.

backpacking
6 months ago

Great hike, you have the best views the whole way up. There are streams along the way, so you can pack a water filter to reduce weight of carrying water.

8 months ago

great hike, very steep, so watch your footing

hiking
9 months ago

9 months ago

Great Hike, beautiful views. The road up, Mineral King, was sketchy. Definitely want to have good tires and brakes.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice hike with great views but way too many people. It's one of the shortest hikes in the mineral king valley so a lot of people do it, all day long

backpacking
10 months ago

This is a beautiful trail that gives you a taste of everything ranging from wildflower meadows, forest, streams, rocky landscapes and two beautiful lakes!

hiking
10 months ago

Love the hike thru out. The views are spectacular. I would even rate this as hard than moderate because of the incline hike almost the whole time. Bring some extra clothes, the water is very welcoming and I regret not jumping into it.

11 months ago

hiked from Cold Springs campground... saw several pheasants... the marmots ignored my vehicle... great hike to a beautiful lake with jagged peaks 3/4 around it... lots of trout and still some snow pack... some of the coolest pine trees that seem to love such an extreme environment

11 months ago

This trail was an awesome challenge. A beautiful view the entire hike. Some of the most amazing scenery I've ever seen. It was a fairly strenuous hike but the reward at Eagle Lake was worth it. Water is freezing but I had to jump in! Be ready for a great workout but the most amazing views you can imagine.

hiking
11 months ago

This trail takes you through beautiful green meadows, trees along the creeks, and a steady climb through boulders and rocks. You are rewarded with breath-taking views of the lake surrounded by mountains.

11 months ago

Beautiful hike w constant views. Lots of wildlife on the trail. We stayed on trail the entire time, but the hike to Eagle Lake and back ended up being about 8 miles long.

backpacking
Thursday, July 06, 2017

Moderate hike. There scenery up to the lake is phenomenal. Make sure to take chicken wire for the marmots if you plan to stay over night. If you forget, you can always rent it at Silver City.

hiking
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

06/14/2017

Amazing trail. We only managed to get as far as the steep section below the intersection with the Mosquito Lakes trail - lots of partially melting snow with loose gravel and dirt made it impossible to climb much further up. The first stream you come to was somewhat dangerous crossing (shin deep) but was certainly dangerous as we came back (almost knee deep). That stream is very dangerous, don't cross in the morning if it's more than shin deep or you don't have poles!

I'll re-review once I make it to the top here soon.

Monday, June 26, 2017

So sad. Drove 3 hours to find out the bridge crossing wasn't passable. The drive was VERY windy. Ended up hailing.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

The hike to Eagle Lake is only a little over 3.2 miles but tough elevation gain...anglers who love to catch small brook trout here can do so on at least every other cast...I recommend center of the East side of the lake...this lake is beautiful...I'm a local and make the trip at least twice a year...I'f even for a day hike...id visit more often but there are so many wonderful spots in Sequioa National Park...

hiking
Saturday, March 04, 2017

The windy roads there seemed ongoing. We camped at Cold Springs then went on a day hike to Eagle Lake. The elevation gain is pretty rough if you're not conditioned. The destination is 5 stars and well worth the pain! Call ahead to see if the roads are open; we did this hike in June 2014 and there was still snow up there!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Mildly strenuous unless you are is great shape. My husband and I have done it several times and have usually had the lake to ourselves. There are some tough moments of scrambling over rocks, and at times the trail is hard to keep track of, but we love it and will likely do it again.

hiking
Sunday, October 30, 2016

Excellent! Lots of campsites. No bear boxes, so definitely bring a bear canister. The squirrels and Marmots are everywhere and not afraid of people at all. Hike up the talus from the pit toilet. You can reach the Miners ridge. Becareful of loose talus rock. The view up there is amazing. You can see Mosquito lakes all the way across the valley to sawtooth pass. Also out of all Mineral King area Eagle Lake had the most Pika's I've ever seen. Made a really fun camping trip, but be warned this lake is popular. During the summer I'd recommend Franklin Lake to get away from people.

backpacking
Monday, October 24, 2016

Camped at Cold Springs the night before and left camp pretty early. The additional few miles from Cold Springs to the Eagle Lake trailhead are very easy - flat and well maintained. The climb up to Eagle Lake is not an easy hike by any means. The elevation gain is rapid and there's a fair bit of scrambling up and over boulder sections. Extremely worth it - breathtaking views and a gorgeous little lake at the top with some evergreen groves to relax in.

As other reviewers have mentioned, the drive in is pretty hairy. Winding/narrow gravel roads with some (I'm assuming locals) flying 30 mph around blind curves. Be safe!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Awesome hike, but elevation gain was a little tough to manage. Drive to the trailhead was a little sketch, I think a little over 20 miles through windy, narrow, mountain roads.

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