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Afoot & Afield: Tahoe-Reno: 201 Spectacular Outings in the Lake Tahoe Region
by Mike White (Wilderness Press)
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.
Best Hikes Near Reno and Lake Tahoe
by Tracy Salcedo-Chourre (Falcon Guides)
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.
Top Trails Lake Tahoe
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.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Lake Tahoe
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.
Snowshoe Routes: Northern California
by Marc J. Soares (The Mountaineers Books)
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.
Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California
by Tracy Salcedo-Chourré (Falcon Guides)
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.
100 Classic Hikes in Northern California
by John R. Soares & Marc J. Soares (The Mountaineers Books)
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.
Five-Star Trails: Lake Tahoe: 40 Unforgettable Hikes in the Central Sierra Nevada
by Jordan Summers (Menasha Ridge Press)
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.
Loved the hike Eagle Lake. It's very short and easy, though we continued on towards (but not reaching) the Velma Lake so that we could turn around on the Bayview trail back. It's a long 3-4 hour hike!
we got ready for the hike at the Rubicon Trail.. arrived and they do not allow Dogs... Darn it .. ended up in the Eagle lake Trail ...at first I was skeptical ... as I was looking uphill I liked what I see .. "Challenge" ... Entire family loved this hike my then 3 year old conquered the small rocks , she climbed up with her own energy and will ... we enjoyed the nice cool dip at the lake.. defintely recommend this hike ...
It was beautiful. The views, the water, the hike. Quite a few people, and some of them not cleaning up after thier doggies. But if you can over look the crowd, the hike was awesome. It says easy, but it is all up hill, so coming down was hard on the knees but well worth it. I recommend it.
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