Easy family friendly hike to Upper Eagle Falls

Tom’s Experience hiking to Upper Eagle Falls:

Upper Eagle Falls is a very popular hike along the shores of Lake Tahoe.

Hiking near Emerald Bay

It can get crowded and parking is very limited so come early if you want to get a spot.

Hikes near Inspiration Point Upper Eagle Falls

Upper Eagle Falls is only about 1/4 of a mile from the trailhead but the trail is steep and has stone steps for most of the way.

Hiking Upper Eagle Falls

Dogs are allowed on the trail and the best time to view the falls is spring when runoff is high.

Hiking in Tahoe Upper Eagle Falls

The waterfall is about 50 feet high and is under a bridge. When you arrive, you will be looking down over it.

Upper Eagle Falls Tahoe

We missed it originally and turned back around. Overall, the waterfall was a bit of a let down. Lower Eagle Falls is close by but you must enter Emerald Bay State Park in order to hike there.

Tom’s Rating:

Trail Info: The trailhead for Upper Eagle Falls is about 22 miles away from South Lake Tahoe on the 89. It is just past Inspiration Point. There will be a small parking lot and a turnoff along the 89 for parking but parking fills up very early. If you reach the parking lot for Emerald Bay you have gone barely too far. You can park at the Emerald Bay parking for a fee and walk to the trailhead if parking at the lower lot is full.


Upper Eagle Falls Trailhead:     38.951892,-120.113037

Upper Eagle Falls:    38.950582,-120.115151

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