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Eagle Creek Canyon Snowshoe (Ski)

Lake Tahoe Winter Trails
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 3.2 miles
Duration: Half day
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Overview:  Eagle Creek Canyon is a popular year-round destination for outdoor adventurers and offers access to the Desolation Wilderness. In the... more »

Tips:  A GPS track is NO substitute for winter travel experience, avalanche safety knowledge, map and compass navigational ability, and... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Parking

Park on the West side of 89 at the bottom of the hill at Emerald Bay. Park nose in - this is a popular spot!

2. Trailhead

Sign in for a (free) wilderness permit at the trailhead. Toilets are usually closed in winter.

3. Fork and steep trail section

You can take the right fork up and over the hill to avoid this steep section. The trails rejoin just before the bridge.

4. Trails rejoin

The right and left (steep) forks rejoin.

5. Bridge over the Eagle Creek

Bridge over the Eagle Creek, nice views.

6. Desolation Wilderness Boundary

Beyond this point is designated wilderness.

7. Trail (general)

Eagle Lake is commonly crossed over ice in the dead of winter, but BE CAREFUL! There is always thin ice at the inlet and outlet, and there may be thin ice everywhere. Be safe and walk around if there is any doubt.

9. Boulder Field

There is a boulder field with HOLES here. You may think the snow is solid and then fall 20 feet into a hole. Be very careful, there is NO trail here! Stay low or turn around here if in doubt.

10. Eagle Creek Ice Cliff

Ice climbers are often found here in the winter