Middle Velma Lake Hike

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15.6 km
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671 m
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The Middle Velma Lake Hike is an awesome adventure through the alpine terrain that boasts picture-perfect scenes of the High Sierra. Demanding stamina and dedication, this trek is no walk in the park—but the views prove well worth the sweat!

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Route Description for Middle Velma Lake Hike

Explore California’s backcountry and revel in the diversity and beauty of the State. Wandering through mixed woodlands, wildflower fields, and granite gardens, the ever-changing terrain demands a comfy pair of footwear and layers! Pack plenty of water and snacks to stay fueled along this route and check the forecast before heading out. If you are one of the few brave enough to head out in the winter months, be sure to wear snowshoes or microspikes for traction! Note there is a parking fee at the trailhead, which typically costs about $5USD. Don’t forget to pick up your free hiking pass at the trailhead!

Setting out from the Eagle Falls Trailhead, the Middle Velma Lake Hike follows the Eagle Falls Trail southwest past the Upper Eagle Falls. Continue hiking along this route as you will soon pass Eagle Lake, the first of many alpine pools along this trek. You will be granted inspiring views of Emerald Bay, Cascade Lake, and Maggies Peaks looming above as you climb. Continue following this route through the alpine terrain, and eventually, you will be redirected northwest up the route signposted for the Velma Lakes.

This path will first lead you to Upper Velma Lake before delivering you to the shoreline of Middle Velma Lake. Marvel in the beauty of the alpine lake and the encompassing craggy peaks. When you are rested and rehydrated, begin your return. To get back to the trailhead, simply retrace your steps all the way back along the paths.

Getting to the Middle Velma Lake Hike Trailhead

The Middle Velma Lake Hike departs from the Eagle Falls Trailhead off Emerald Bay Road.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    Backcountry Camping, wilderness permit required.

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  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly


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  • Route Type

    Out and back

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