Eagle Falls is one of the waterfalls in South Lake Tahoe that no one should miss, simply for the fact that it is so easy to get to. Since the falls are literally on the side of the road (Highway 89, also called Emerald Bay Road), you can just park your car, cross the street, and be at a beautiful waterfall that looks like you hiked miles to get to. 🙂
Eagle Falls flows into the Emerald Bay section of Lake Tahoe, one of the most beautiful parts of the lake (although that is very subjective, of course). The terrain around the falls is very rocky, with lots of small and large cliffs where the water flows over. Some of the cliffs are pretty easy to traverse, which ended up being a super fun way of exploring for us. And the views from the falls are just amazing.
This is only one section of Eagle Falls, though. Right in the area, there are hiking trails that go both up the mountain and down towards Emerald Bay. Eagle Lake Hiking Trail follows the creek, so I’m sure there are other parts of Eagle Falls that you can explore via hiking, as well. Here is a map pinpointing the location of Eagle Falls.
We were absolutely blessed with an abundance of waterfalls on this trip (check out the others here and here!), and we only skimmed the surface! There are so many other waterfalls in Tahoe, as well as other beautiful areas that we didn’t get a chance to visit. Next time!
[All photos were taken in May 2015.]