Eagle Falls Trailhead is perhaps the most popular trailhead in all of Desolation Wilderness. Located at the foot of Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay, the trailhead provides access for hiking and backpacking in Desolation Wilderness. Eagle Falls is a short walk up the trail. Visit Eagle Lake one mile from the trailhead, or continue up the ridge to access more pristine high-country lakes. You can also use this parking area to hike to lower Eagle Falls and the Vikingsholm Castle at the lake's shore but you'll have t cross the busy two-lane highway.
The trailhead has picnic tables and an informational kiosk where you can get a free day-use permit to enter Desolation Wilderness. There are two pit toilets at the trailhead.
Location and Directions
The trailhead is located on Highway 89 at the foot of Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay.
There are limited parking spaces in the small lot near the trailhead kiosk. There is a self-pay collection station for parking spaces in this lot. More parking is located on the shoulder of the road on Highway 89.
Dogs are allowed at the Eagle Falls Trailhead but should be kept on a leash or under voice control.
Park on the highway shoulder, instead of in the small parking lot to avoid paying a parking fee.