Hike Date: June 26, 2015
Distance: ~ 15 miles
Trail(s): Eagle Falls Trail, Tahoe Rim Trail, Pacific Crest Trail
Where’s it at? Southwest Lake Tahoe near Emerald Bay off Hwy 89


Trip 2 of 2 in June 2015 to Eagle Falls Trailhead was a great trip. I was backpacking with a hiking/backpacking group from Meetup and the crew consisted mostly of people I’d hiked with before. This trip also included Amanda’s dog, which was fun. It was a great group. We all stayed in South Lake Tahoe Thursday night, got up early, and met for final preparations at the Eagle Falls Trailhead near Vikingsholm and Emerald Bay, compared pack weights, and hoisted the devices of torture onto our backs for the journey.

Day 1 we hiked up along Eagle Lake and at a creek crossing we started heading off road for our wilderness campsite near Lower Velma Lake. On this trip I brought only my hammock and for rain cover and shade I used a footprint from my larger camping tent. Worked perfectly, though the hammock isn’t quite as comfortable as a tent. It was pretty toasty out so we all went for a swim in Lower Velma Lake to cool off and rinse the trail dust off. As there are no campfires allowed we went to be pretty early…right around sunset.

Saturday morning we awoke and were packed and hiking by 9am on our way to Fontanillis Lake. This leg of the hike is by far the easiest and takes you along on the Pacific Crest Trail with some good views. The best views are Fontanillis Lake itself with Dick’s peak hovering with some last snow lingering in the background. We all set up pretty closely on the northwestern shore of the lake and again did some swimming.

Day 3 we hiked up past Dick’s Lake and made our way back on the trail to Eagle Lakes, which is about the same as Day 1’s hike except mostly downhill instead of uphill.

This is a great backpacking trip to a couple beautiful backcountry lakes in Desolation Wilderness. Highly recommended!

Photos from Backpacking Lower Velma and Fontanillis Lakes (click to enlarge)

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Group Backpacking Trip through Desoltion Wilderness to Lower Velma and Fontanillis Lakes Group Backpacking Trip through Desoltion Wilderness to Lower Velma and Fontanillis Lakes Group Backpacking Trip through Desoltion Wilderness to Lower Velma and Fontanillis Lakes

Directions to Eagle Falls Trailhead


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