Go Take A Hike, Part 6. Eagle Falls and Eagle Lake   Leave a comment

By Michelle Portesi

With all the rain we’ve had and the continuation of snow melt, now is the time to hike the favorite trails along the local waterfalls before they dry up for the summer.

Just off Highway 89 south at Emerald Bay is the Eagle Falls Trail head. This is a great hike to start getting your summer hiking legs back, as it isn’t a very long hike, nor too overly strenuous. It’s perfect for spring conditions and spectacular photo ops.  Dogs love it and older kids should handle it just fine too.

You’ll wander up California State Park made granite stairs that are interspersed with dirt trails as you wind your way up to Eagle Lake, following Eagle Falls the entire way. (I kept thinking of the song ‘Stairway to Heaven’ the whole time we were doing it. Heaven it was…)

 

The bridge in the distance at Eagle Falls, Lake Tahoe

The bridge in the distance at Eagle Falls, Lake Tahoe

 

Turn your view back down the falls to the east, and you will see Emerald Bay, the rest of Lake Tahoe and South Lake Tahoe in the distance. The narrow inlet into Emerald Bay looked so shallow, one might be able to wade across it to the other shore. We’ll have to try that when we do our next hike in the area. It can be accessed from the Rubicon Trail out of DL Bliss State Park, (Go Take A Hike, Part 3 )

… or the hike from the Emerald Bay parking lot down to Vikingsholm. (Future blog post to come on that hike!)

 

 

On the Eagle Falls Trail. Emerald Bay and the Rest of Lake Tahoe in the distance.

On the Eagle Falls Trail. Emerald Bay and the Rest of Lake Tahoe in the distance.

 

The Trail splits. Veer to the right and wander up another couple of hundred yards to Eagle Lake.  As I recall, the trail doesn’t continue all the way around the rest of the lake …unless you want to bushwack it. It was time for us to turn around anyway, as there was a beer with our name on it waiting for us elsewhere.

 

Eagle Lake. Video phone camera shot doesn't do the lake justice!

Eagle Lake. Video phone camera shot doesn’t do the lake justice!

 

Another perfect day at Lake Tahoe. Now it’s time for a tasty beverage on the deck at Sunnyside Resort on the way home.  I told you there was a beer with our name on it waiting for us!  And you sure can’t beat this view!

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The Deck at Sunnyside, West Shore of Lake Tahoe

The Deck at Sunnyside, West Shore of Lake Tahoe

 

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