Every trip to Lake Tahoe calls for a nature hike. One of the most iconic Tahoe hiking trails is the towering Eagle Rock hike on the west shore. Having frequented this cliff many times, I owe a five star rating.
At the top, you have a privileged view of Lake Tahoe's east shore including Heavenly Resort and Diamond Peak. The ground beneath you is red martian dirt and the water down there is so blue with bright white buoys in all the bays. Descend the same trail on the way out or explore some caves.
Hike Level: Easy
Distance: Less Than 1 Mile
Elevation: About 6200 Feet
Hours: Closed for Winter
Directions to Eagle Rock Trail Head
- FROM TAHOE CITY drive to the Eagle Rock trail head on Highway 89 South. Pass Sunnyside. You will see the face of Eagle Rock in front of the road, about the height of a city skyscraper. After you pass it, look for parkin gon the right side of the road.
- FROM SOUTH LAKE, take Highway 89 North. Pass Emerald Bay and Homewood Resort. A quarter mile past Tahoe Pines neighborhood, the trail head will be on your left.
- PARKING: A short zig-zag style fence marks the parking spaces. You are looking for a small parking area on Highway 89 near mile marker 68. There is a board with trail information on the opposite side of the road from the lake.
Legend of Eagle Rock
I read at the Tahoe City Gatekeeper's Museum there was once a native American called Eagle for whom the rock is named. Legend teaches us Eagle was a revered hunter with a bow and arrow until he fell from the rock to his death. We must always be humble in nature. Seriously, this is a nice hike, just don't go near the edge!