Eagle Falls Trail

Great day hike or back-country trip! The One-Way Mileage from the Trailhead:

•1.0 mile to Eagle Lake- easy 
•3.8 miles to Middle Velma Lake- moderate
•4.7 miles to Fontanillis Lake- moderate

For more detailed information on the hike click here.

South Shore and West Shore Tahoe is loaded with lodging opportunities! Bay View Campground is located across the Inspiration Point Trolley stop above Emerald Bay! This is a first come first serve campground so plan accordingly.

Meeks Bay is a beautiful resort with cabin, tent sites, and trailer camping available.

Camp Richardson is a historic resort equipped with hotel rooms, cabins, tent sites, and trailer camping!

Fallen Leaf Campground is located along beautiful Fallen Leaf Lake with plenty of tent sites available, just south of the Mt. Tallac Trailhead!

Backpacking Desolation Wilderness is also a possibility!

The lodging opportunities discussed above are all conveniently located along Highway 89 adjacent to an Emerald Bay Trolley stop!

It is important to plan ahead and reserve a camping spot well in advance. The Lake Tahoe Basin is a popular tourist attraction, campgrounds are usually full during the summer peak season.



Latitude: 38.951978 Longitude: -120.113421 Elevation: 6591 ft
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Trail Distance

Distance is entirely dependent on hiker, 1 mile- 3000 miles.

Eco-Friendly Notes

This trailhead is easily accessible using public transit! Board the Amtrak Thruway Bus #3424, which departs daily from Sacramento Amtrak Station at 10:15 am. Travel through Placerville and disembark at the South Lake Tahoe “Y” Transit Center at 12:35 pm.

At 2:05pm, hop on the Emerald Bay Trolley back at the South Lake Tahoe “Y” Transit Center and ride it to the Emerald Bay stop, just a .2 mile walk to the Eagle Falls Trailhead!

For more information on Emerald Bay Trolley click here.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets allowed on leash.

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Contact Information

U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
(530) 543-2600
35 College Drive
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 US
Taylor Creek Visitor Center
(530) 542-2908
Visitor Center Rd
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 US


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