Lake Tahoe Waterfall Hikes – Lower Eagle Falls

Lower Eagle Falls is a must see when you visit Lake Tahoe, particularly in the spring.

Lower Eagle Falls

Lower Eagle Falls (~150 ft.) is a must see. Accessible by the entire family, Lower Eagle Falls are located in the back yard of Vikingsholm Castle at Emerald Bay. Both Vikingsholm and Lower Eagle Falls are very popular tourist stops and it is incredibly difficult to get a parking spot here during the day, so it is recommended to arrive early in the morning.

The waterfall is fantastic, particularly in the spring, dropping in two large cascades. The upper section is about 60 ft. and the bottom about 90 ft. high. The hike to this Lake Tahoe waterfall follows a  maintained trail leading from the parking lot at Emerald Bay State Park down to the lake. It is a moderate 1 mile hike down to the lakeside. Dogs are not allowed on this trail, unfortunately, as it is a state park.

Creek at bottom of Lower Eagle Falls

Directions: Along Hwy #89, 8.5 miles northwest of Hwy #50 junction, at South Lake Tahoe. Park at the Emerald Bay / Vikingsholm State Park. There is a parking fee in the lot.

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Location: Highway 85, South Lake Tahoe, CA

Height: ~150 ft.

Access: pedestrians and legitimate/licensed service animals. No pets.

Distance: 2.2 miles (RT) (hike) Elevation: 6600 ft. (-350 ft.)

Season: Apr-Jul

Difficulty: easy downhill; moderately difficult going back up

Lat/Long: 38.95185N, 120.11029W

See also: Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority