Lake Tahoe, CA: Eagle Lake-Granite Lake Loop

This popular 6.2-mile hike loop visits two alpine lakes in the Desolation Wilderness and offers outstanding views of the bright blue waters of Lake Tahoe.
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This popular 6.2-mile hike loop visits two alpine lakes in the Desolation Wilderness and offers outstanding views of the bright blue waters of Lake Tahoe.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 9.6

Waypoints

ELT001

Location: 38.9516868591309, -120.112174987793

Eagle Falls Trailhead

ELT002

Location: 38.9517478942871, -120.114601135254

Bear R @ fork to Eagle Lake, climb natural rock stairs

ELT003

Location: 38.9509773254394, -120.115440368652

Mountain vista on R; bridge over Eagle Falls ahead

ELT004

Location: 38.9492263793945, -120.117523193359

Lone juniper earmarks sweet view of Emerald Bay and Lake Tahoe

ELT008

Location: 38.9283752441406, -120.126800537109

Turn L @ 3-way toward Granite Lake

ELT010

Location: 38.9381523132324, -120.111320495605

Western shore of Granite Lake

ELT011

Location: 38.9462776184082, -120.100425720215

Turn L onto Emerald Bay Rd., heading 0.8 mi back to trailhead

ELT009

Location: 38.9336547851562, -120.114410400391

Sharp descent of Maggies Peaks

ELT007

Location: 38.9361152648926, -120.120674133301

Steady climb to 8,200 ft. in Desolation Wilderness

ELT005

Location: 38.9447746276856, -120.119682312012

Turn R @ Y, following spur trail to Eagle Lake

ELT006

Location: 38.9432754516602, -120.120292663574

Eagle Lake (7,072 ft.)