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    Eagle Rock Trail

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    Very Easy
    Duration
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    0.5h
    Distance
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    1.1 km
    Elevation
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    73 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    Indulge yourself with overwhelming panoramas of Lake Tahoe from the Eagle Rock Trail. Then, ascend a family-friendly footpath up the volcanic outcrop, which sits at an elevation of 1,916 m above Tahoe Pines. The craggy bluff boasts arguably some of the best vistas of the shimmering lake and the snow-capped Sierra Nevada Mountains that bound the alpine waters.

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    Route Description for Eagle Rock Trail

    The Eagle Rock Trail is a short but scenic adventure on the western edge of Lake Tahoe. The epic overlook from atop the volcanic rock attracts dozens of eager adventurers each day, so expect to share the path. Due to the route’s popularity, the path is very worn, which has detriments to the environment. To protect the area's fragility, we strongly encourage you to maintain the already packed path. Additionally, we recommend you wear layers as the exposed overlook is often windy. When trekking in the winter months, be sure to strap on a pair of microspikes or snowshoes to safely navigate the likely icy and uneven terrain.

    The inspiring views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding mountainous landscape from the Eagle Rock are unparalleled. One of the most, if not the most scenic overlook of the famous lake, this quick hike is a rite of passage when visiting Lake Tahoe. The trail's easy-going terrain and quick nature enable even young children to easily conquer the trek. Open year-round, visitors and locals alike can enjoy the various perspectives of the dramatic terrain, from the lake to the mountains and river valleys. Don’t forget to charge your camera, you’ll want to remember these wonderful views. Insider’s tip: head out in the early morning to beat the crowds and enjoy the sunrise.

    Setting out from the trailhead off West Lake Boulevard/Highway 89, the Eagle Rock Trail tracks west through mixed conifer forests and quaking aspens. Enjoy the shade and sweet smell of the pines before reaching an intersection. Keep right here, and you will be diverted east, up the western flank of Eagle Rock. As you climb, the tree shade will begin to thin, and the wind will pick up–exercise caution on the uneven terrain. Once you summit of the volcanic rock, you will be overwhelmed with 360-degree views of the extraordinary topography.

    Marvel in the sights of Lake Tahoe dominating the terrain in the east and the picturesque Sierra Nevada Peaks that line the horizon– the postcard-perfect scene will mesmerize you! Notice adventurers decorating the lake—swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, and boating. Though many climb the craggy spires next to the rock, this can be extremely dangerous and harm the impressive geological feature. Explore the impressive volcanic outcrop and revel in its intricacies. After admiring the sweeping panoramas of Lake Tahoe and the bounding mountains, begin your descent. When you are ready, retrace your footing along the route back to the trailhead, marking the end of your adventure.

    Trail Highlights

    Lake Tahoe

    Lake Tahoe is one of the most famous lakes in the United States that straddles the border between Nevada in the east and California in the west. Sitting at an elevation of 1,897 m, Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America, bounded by the snow-capped granite peaks of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. Additionally, this body of water is the second-deepest lake in the United States, trailing behind Crater Lake in Oregon. With a surface area of 490 km2, this lake is a popular outdoor destination, providing ample activities, including hiking, biking, swimming, kayaking, boating, fishing, and more.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How long is the Eagle Rock Trail?

    The Eagle Rock Trail is a 1.1 km out and back hike that boasts epic views of Lake Tahoe.

    Is the Eagle Rock Trail dog-friendly?

    Yes, dogs on leash are permitted on the Eagle Rock Trail.

    How tall is Eagle Rock?

    Eagle Rock is a volcanic outcrop that sits at an elevation of 1,916 m.

    Insider Hints for Eagle Rock Trail

    • Enjoy this trek in the winter months alike with a pair of microspikes or snowshoes
    • Charge your camera, this wonderful overlook boasts epic views of Lake Tahoe
    • This is a short trek, so you can even enjoy it after a longer adventure
    • Wear a sturdy pair of footwear, the volcanic rock is uneven—known to cause the odd rolled ankle

    Getting to the Eagle Rock Trail Trailhead

    The Eagle Rock Trailhead is located off West Lake Boulevard/Highway 89 in Tahoe Pines.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      No

    • When to do

      Year-round

    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly

      Yes

    • Route Signage

      Good

    • Crowd Levels

      Extreme

    • Route Type

      Out and back

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