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Eagle Lake Out and Back

Intermediate
 4.0 (12) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A modest effort leads to a remote-feeling alpine lake.


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Map Key

1.9

Miles

3.1

KM

Loop

6,980' 2,127 m

High

6,575' 2,004 m

Low

405' 123 m

Up

405' 123 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

17%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Lake · Swimming · Waterfall

Family Friendly An easy hike with waterfalls and swimming makes this an exciting destination for you youngest family members!

Overview

Visitors who tackle this trail will get a small taste of the Tahoe backcountry, with a swim included, all for a relatively modest effort.

Need to Know

Technically you need to get a free wilderness permit at the trailhead.

Description

Start off from the parking are located just across 89 from the Vikingsholm. You'll begin on an easy trail, then meet a short set of nicely-carved stone stairs after a quarter mile. Cross a lovely bridge at Eagle Falls. Enjoy the falls and then continue on uphill until you can take a right on the Eagle Lake Access Trail to Eagle Lake, which is just a tiny ways off the main trail.

Take a cold dip in the lake and enjoy the relative solitude of this Tahoe gem (okay, not solitude, but less crowded than a lot of Tahoe destinations!).

Once you've enjoyed the serene waters, about face and return the way that you came.

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Shared By:

Nick Wilder

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 12 votes

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in Lake Tahoe

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Photos

Emerald Bay from Eagle Falls Trail
Nov 24, 2017 near South L…, CA
Eagle Lake, looking southwest at surrounding unnamed peaks (8499, 8197). Mostly frozen but slowly thawing.
Apr 8, 2018 near South L…, CA
Phipps Peak from Eagle Falls Trail
Nov 24, 2017 near South L…, CA
Phipps Peak and Jakes Peak from Eagle Lake
Nov 24, 2017 near South L…, CA
Eagle Lake with a thin layer of ice
Nov 24, 2017 near South L…, CA
Eagle Creek just before Upper Eagle Falls, showing bridge over Eagle Creek. Went off trail for this shot.
Apr 8, 2018 near South L…, CA

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Oct 23, 2019
Eldon Hawks
Jul 26, 2019
Eldad Ben-Moshe
May 7, 2019
Caitlin P
1.9mi
Apr 28, 2019
Scott Grindle
Roaring falls, beautiful frozen lake and fewer crowds on the snow covered trail at the end of April. 1.9mi
Mar 3, 2019
Jeremiah K
Oct 22, 2018
Amy Le Cras
Sep 8, 2018
Doug Barnett
Aug 13, 2018
Elliot Gardner