Visitors who tackle this trail will get a small taste of the Tahoe backcountry, with a swim included, all for a relatively modest effort.
Technically you need to get a free wilderness permit at the trailhead.
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.