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Trip Date:  06/09/2014

: 2.0 Miles

Vertical Gain: 400'

Group Size: 1

Hike Rating:  Easy   Moderate    Hard    Strenuous
Eagle Lake route
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Eagle Lake Elevation Profile
Start Coordinates:   N 38 57.117  W 120 06.796     End Coordinates:   Same as Start Coordinates  
Car Shuttle Req'd:   No Parking Directions:   Take Highway 89 to Emerald Bay.  Parking is available for a $5 fee in the Eagle Falls parking lot, or on the street just outside of it.
Hazards of Note:   Some long uphill sections of granite boulders requiring careful stepping. Crowd Factor:   Busy, especially on weekends.  This is one of the most popular easy hikes in the Tahoe Basin area.
General Notes:
This hike is one of the main recommendations for those wishing an introduction to the Desolation Wilderness area and the amazing beauty of Lake Tahoe in general.  The 400 foot elevation gain comes in just a few steady uphill sections, but there is nothing that would keep even younger kids from enjoying the scenery.  The trail is well marked all of the way to the lake.  
Since this is a hike into Desolation Wilderness, you will need a day permit (free at the trailhead) and the group size limit is 12.

Lower Eagle falls just below the parking area with Emerald Bay in the background. Eagle Falls just below the parking area and TH
Granite steps making up the very start of the trail. Granite steps on the trail
Annie headed up the first part of the trail. Annie headed up the first part of the trail
A pretty amazing balancing rock seen along the way. Crazy balancing rock
Great views of Emerald Bay on the way up to the lake. Looking back at Emerald Bay
More nice views abound as you look back at Emerald Bay on the way up the trail. More great views as you climb up the trail
Peaks tower above on both sides of the trail on the way up. The peaks towering above
Eagle Lake on the east side looking toward the west. Eagle Lake
Looking back at Eagle Lake from the west side. Eagle Lake
If you choose to continue on past the lake on the Eagle Lake trail, views like this of the lake below and Eagle Lake Buttress in the background await. View of Eagle Lake from high above
Hungry chipmonks are used to being fed by tourists, apparently. Hungry chipmonk
GPS track of the hike starting at the bottom and heading to the lake. GPS Track of the hike