Hike Date: June 5, 2015
Distance: ~ 16 miles
Trail(s): Eagle Falls Trail, Tahoe Rim Trail, Pacific Crest Trail
Where’s it at? Southwest Lake Tahoe near Emerald Bay


This was a great group backpacking trip that I took with 7 others in late Spring 2015, the first of two trips in this area in June 2015. We parked at the Eagle Falls Trailhead near Vikingsholm and Emerald Bay and hiked to Lower Velma Lake on Friday where we set up camp and hung around, exploring the area. Day 2 we hiked a short distance to Fontanillis Lake on the Pacific Crest Trail and had planned to hike to the top of Dick’s Peak but the leader wasn’t feeling well and the weather threatened thunderstorms. It did sprinkle a bit during the day but rained that night and the thunder was present. On Day 3 we hiked up for a quick stop at Dick’s Lake before making our way back down to the Eagle Falls Trailhead for departure. Pizza and drinks at Base Camp in Lake Tahoe awaited.

This is a nice backpacking trip with a fair amount of elevation gain on day 1 and includes a little off-trail hiking to get down to Lower Velma Lake. The solitude at that lake is amazing…I think we were the only ones camping on it.

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