Today I decided to take a hike to Eagle Lake on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe.
On the way to the trail head I stopped at Alpenglow Sports in Tahoe City and bought a new pair of boots for the hike. The sales people are great, they helped me find the perfect pair of boots and had me out the door in less than 30 minutes.
The trail is about a twenty minute drive from Tahoe City and located above Emerald Bay. I brought two companions along for the hike; Toni my wife and Cindy my neighbor. There is a parking lot at the trail head but it fills up early and we did not arrive until about 3:00pm. Fortunately there is street parking and we found a spot about a quarter mile up the road.
At the beginning of the trail there is a large map and registration forms for hikers. The trails are well marked and lead to several lakes with Eagle Lake being the closest.
After a short hike we came to a bridge that crossed a creek. The creek was pretty dry but it did have running water. The hike is fairly steep and rocky in the beginning but very well maintained. I even saw a couple people hiking in sandals, but I wouldn’t recommend it.
Less than half way up the trail, we looked back and could see Lake Tahoe.
As we approached Eagle Lake the view was incredible; deep blue water surrounded by towering mountains.
We hiked to the end of the trail that took us about half way around the lake. It looked as though we could have made it all the way around but it would not have been easy.
We sat on some rocks and enjoyed the view before heading back.
The whole hike took less than two hours. This is the perfect hike for the late afternoon.
If you have hiked to Eagle Lake, please comment below.
Below are links to the first five parts of 10 Lakes Near Tahoe