Best Short Hike in Lake Tahoe | Eagle Rock


There are many really easy hikes in the Truckee and Lake Tahoe area, offering incredible views, but there is one that is our ultimate favorite. The Eagle Rock hike is an easy 10 minutes to the most stunning 180 degree view of Lake Tahoe.

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Located on the west shore of Lake Tahoe, the Eagle Rock volcanic outcrop at elevation 6,286' rises up from State Route 89 in Tahoe Pines, between mile marker 67 and 68. A moderate 20 minute hike leads to a dramatic and panoramic view. Early photos from the Tahoe Tattler newspaper document recreational use by area "residents" as early as 1881!

Park on the west side of State Route 89 on the south end of the rock. There is no parking lot or other developed facilities (restrooms, benches or the like) at this steep, natural site. The primary trail, located away from the creek, winds up the side of the rock. Due to a more recent trail extension, it's now possible to loop out to (or enter from) the north side of the rock

The California Tahoe Conservancy's Blackwood Creek Restoration Project, completed in 2013, has restored the creek to more natural conditions.

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Trail Distance
Less than a half mile from the road to the top!

Eco-Friendly Notes
Please stay on the trail! Creating your own path -- or reestablishing old routes that are being restored -- in this steep environment leads to erosion into Blackwood Creek.

ADA Accessibility Notes
This is narrow, steep trail through the natural volcanic outcrop.

Pet Friendly Notes
Placer County regulations require dogs to be on leash.