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Tahoe's Spellbinding Eagle Falls

Eagle Falls casts a powerful spell with its panoramic views.

Via Staff
Eagle Falls with view of Emerald Bay and Lake Tahoe in background, picture
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Photo: Rachid Dahnoun

Broad views of a shimmering lake, the scent of sun-warmed pine, the tumble of water over granite: The elements of Eagle Falls, near South Lake Tahoe, Calif., cast a spell so powerful, not even a scolding chipmunk can break it. Find this dramatic plunge just steps from Eagle Falls Picnic Area, off Highway 89, against the stunning backdrop of Emerald Bay and perfectly placed Fannette Island. From the picnic area, it’s a steep quarter-mile hike up Eagle Falls Trail to more vistas and a bridge spanning the upper cascade. Continue another three quarters of a mile to reach Eagle Lake, a glacier-carved beauty known to bewitch hikers into a bracing swim.

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