Cooling Off in the Icy Water of Eagle Lake in Lake Tahoe, California
One of the easiest-access — but most popular — trails into the wilderness, the moderately strenuous Eagle Lake Trail heads up steep terrain for 1 mile to gorgeous Eagle Lake, an aquamarine lake hemmed in by giant granite walls. Bring a bathing suit and cool off in the icy waters, then sunbathe on the rocks. Teens can do this hike in a snap, but younger kids may whine. If you’re in search of solitude, continue another 3.3mi from Eagle Lake to Dick’s Lake, a bigger, more secluded spot. The trailhead is just north of the Eagle Falls picnic area, 9mi north of the Hwy 50/Hwy 89 split in South Lake Tahoe. Arrive early on weekends to secure parking.