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Eagle Lake Out and Back

Intermediate
 4.0 (11) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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Map Key

1.9

Miles

3.1

KM

82%

Runnable

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

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 11 votes

#6

in Lake Tahoe

#2614

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#6

in Lake Tahoe

#372

in California

#2,614

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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
Lake Tahoe and Emerald Bay from the vista point at the end of the Eagle Trail Loop
Nov 24, 2017 near South L…, CA

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Sep 25, 2018
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