Eagle Falls Trail 17E03

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, California 96155

Distance3.1mi
Elevation Gain505ft
Trailhead Elevation8,488ft
Top8,488ft
Elevation Min/Max8186/8488ft
Elevation Start/End8488/8488ft

Eagle Falls Trail 17E03

Eagle Falls Trail (17E03) is a hiking trail in El Dorado County, California. It is within Desolation Wilderness and Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. It is 3.1 miles long and begins at 8,488 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 505 feet. Along the trail there are viewpoints and a meadow. This trail connects with the following: Eagle Lake Trail, Velma Lakes Trail (17E34.1), Bayview Trail (17E04.1) and 17e03a.

Eagle Falls Trail (17E03) Professional Reviews and Guides

"Spy on a huge bald eagle’s nest, glide over a pristine beach, admire staggering views of Mount Tallac, and capture the shiny blue essence of Emerald Bay on this remote ramble. You’ll also get close enough to Lake Tahoe to skip a stone over it and close enough to Emerald Bay’s Fannette Island to heave a rock toward it. A prime goal of this route is to locate the gray, twiggy eagle’s nest, which is frequently visited by ospreys. It stands high over Emerald Bay, atop a long dead Jeffrey pine easily seen from aptly named and readily accessible Eagle Point."

"Dark and clear, Eagle Lake pools in a basin bordered by steep
talus slopes and black-streaked rock walls. The lake’s classic
high Sierra setting makes it one of the most popular destinations around Lake Tahoe."

"The falls on Eagle Creek are part of a watercourse that links Lake Tahoe’s lovely Emerald Bay with the Desolation Wilderness above. The cascade on Eagle Creek is a waypoint for most hikers as they climb to Eagle Lake.

The upper falls, reached via the Eagle Lake Trail, is an easy destination, and the setting couldn’t be more spectacular. From the bridge spanning the creek below the upper falls, look east toward aptly named Emerald Bay and the vast blue expanse of Lake Tahoe beyond. In every other direction the silver granite walls of Desolation Wilderness peaks tower overhead."

"Dark and clear, Eagle Lake sits in a small basin bordered by steep granite aprons and great black-streaked cliffs. The classic Sierran setting and relative ease of access ensures this trail as one of the most popular around Lake Tahoe."

"The short but steep 1-mile climb to Eagle Lake along the Eagle Falls Trail is one of Tahoe’s
most popular hikes, and for good reason. Where else can one visit such a picturesque lake tucked
into an alpine-like granite cirque with such little effort? There is also a short nature trail close to the trailhead, providing hikers and sightseers with an interesting and informative loop diversion."

"The short but steep 1-mile climb to Eagle Lake along the Eagle Lake Trail is one of Tahoe’s most popular hikes, and for good reason. Where else can one visit such a picturesque lake tucked into an alpinelike granite cirque with such little effort? The Forest Service has recently built a short nature trail close to the trailhead, providing hikers and sightseers with an interesting and informative loop diversion."

"This trip gives great views of Lake Tahoe and several Sierra peaks as it travels to many of the Desolation Wilderness’s most beautiful lakes, where swimming and camping opportunities abound. Scenic Middle Velma Lake and the less-crowded Upper Velma Lake have many campsites for those desiring an overnight stay. You must obtain a permit for this hike. Call Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit for more information."

"This is a popular trail despite being incredibly rocky, but even that makes it an interesting trip. Glacial action was an evident agent of geologic change here, and every rock reveals it.

The initial 2.5 miles are strenuous in that your elevation gain is about 1,550 feet—almost every bit is vertical without letup. With the promise of more lakes like it, once Eagle Lake is seen, more must be better. And they are. Velma, Dicks, and Fontanillis lakes are all amenable getaways for a quiet lunch or an overnight bivy. From Dicks Lake, it is downhill almost all the way back to the trailhead."

Eagle Falls Trail (17E03) Reviews

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Glen Alpine to Susie & Heather lakes & Lake Aloha level 4, 11.8 mi,, +/-2125'elev gain, 8125'elev https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10201191315647066.1073741824.1295809256&type=3 at the time we did this hike, i thought i'd never want to do glen alpine trail again - but a yr later i'm dying to do this hike again - later in the year to avoid mosquitos for sure! this was a tough trail for the rocky footing the entire way - wound up being closer to 13 miles, and we had to deal not only with snow detours a couple of places, but the mosquitoes were horrible! They didn't even care that we were doused in bug repellent! It was a long hike, with tons of sun, luckily the clouds filled the sky on our trek down else it would have been much more difficult - i drank 102 oz of water in my pack, 24 more oz and 2 more liters! yes, we had water purification tablets LUCKILY so that i could refill! lots of running water, had to cross through a few streams - Lake Aloha was amazing! We had never been to this lake before - you had to climb up to the lake and were at eye level with it when you reached the top as it's nestled at the base of all the mountains, and we never saw a glimpse til we got there! Very pretty. But this one is rough on the ankles as there are granite stones on most of the trail - probably to avoid erosion - so there really isn't a break coming down the hill (i usually let momentum help me down, but on this one we had to be sure footed the entire time). I can't wait to get to Aloha from the other side! (and hopefully we'll make it around the same side we were on here and find Sheela's shock collar remote where it must have fallen off dan's pack at our break at the end :( ) http://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail.aspx?trailid=HGS462-027
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Trail Information

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
Nearby City
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
Parks
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Waterfalls
Features
US Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, Forest Supervisor’s Office, 35 College Dr., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150; (530) 543-2600; www.fs.usda.gov/ltbmu/
Local Contacts
USGS Emerald Bay CA; a map on the signboard at the trailhead; Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Map; National Geographic 803 Lake Tahoe Basin trail map; Tom Harrison Recreation Map of Lake Tahoe
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Jul 2018