change - 400''
- Park at the Vikingsholm parking on the north side of Emerald Bay
Stunning views almost the whole time.
||Not off the beaten
path at all.
Lots of boats at the beach.
Arrive early in summer for
Upper Eagle Falls are nice. Lower
Eagle Falls from the road is beautiful. Lower Eagle falls from below
are magnificent. Then throw a touch of Emerald
Bay and Lake Tahoe and
you've got one of the world's most beautiful days. The lower falls are
a moderately easy, stunningly beautiful hike from Highway 89. The upper
falls are an equally easy but much shorter hike up from the road. Of
the two, the lower falls are much more spectacular. Both hikes offer
much more than waterfalls. The hike to the lower falls takes you to the
sandy white beach in Emerald Bay as well as Vikingsholm Castle. There
are fantastic views along the entire length of the hike. The upper
falls are a much shorter hike, but they aren't really waterfalls. The
scenery is great and if you continue past the upper falls you will soon
come to Eagle Lake and past that the Velma Lakes Basin.
Best visited in late May or June, the falls flow at least until the
beginning of July, even in the low snow years. Almost all of the
parking here requires a $6 fee. The pictures below are the two sets of
falls from the road down that comprise Lower Eagle Falls.