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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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Go Take a Hike: Part 2 – Bayview Trail   Leave a comment

By Michelle Portesi

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Cascade Falls along the Bayview Trail, with Cascade Lake and Lake Tahoe seen in the distance. (Photo by Michelle Portesi)

Cascade Falls along the Bayview Trail, with Cascade Lake and Lake Tahoe seen in the distance. (Photo by Michelle Portesi)

 

I try to do all of the hikes that have waterfalls earlier in the summer season, especially when we’ve had sparse snowfall the previous winter. Cascade Creek that feeds the falls can slow to a trickle, and often by the height of summer, disappear entirely.

The Bayview Trail is one of my favorites. The parking area is located across the highway from Inspiration Point Vista on Emerald Bay, and it’s a wonderfully moderate day hike that will take you past Cascade Lake, up to Cascade Falls and beyond, with views of Lake Tahoe in the distance. There is also a campground there at the entrance, if you are so inclined, right off of Highway 89. (If you’re camping, bring plenty of food and gear. It’s a loooooong way to the nearest market and/or restaurant for eats and supplies.)

Early in the season, Cascade Creek can be so intense, that it is hard to get past all the water engorged tributaries that are gushing around you. Go a little later in the season, and you can kick off your shoes and hike up the middle of the boulder strewn creek for a ways, the granite smoothed to tenderfoot friendly appeal from eons of rushing snow melt. An abundance of flora lines the canyon, Sugar pines, cedars, spirea, wild lupine, alders, ferns and mountain ash. The latter will be filled with brilliant red berries if you do this hike closer to the fall.

Pack a lunch, find a nice wide boulder under a shady tree and relax while the music of water burbles all around you.

 

Two of our AAUW Gourmet Group Gals relax along Cascade Creek. (Photo by Michelle Portesi)

Two of our AAUW Gourmet Group Gals relax along Cascade Creek

 

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