This trail begins at the Eagle Falls parking lot. If you park directly on Highway 89, you will save paying $3 for parking in the official lot off Highway 89 and only add 50 feet to your trail distance.
A short distance after
the trailhead you will come to a bridge crossing Eagle Creek and Eagle
Falls. 0.9 miles later you will come to Eagle Lake. This
was named Eagle Lake because it used to be the nesting ground for Bald
and Golden Eagles. The trail continues above Eagle Lake offering
a wonderful view of Eagle Lake with Maggie's Peak in the
Originally Maggie's Peak wasn't named for her, but her breasts.
if you can see the resemblance.
Eagle Lake with Maggie's Peak in the background
Craig North of Bayview Camp Trail Intersection
Notice snow in background (end of August).
After leaving Eagle Lake, the trail climbs steeply, eventually reaching a fork for Velma Lakes and Bayview Camp, go right to Velma Lakes. Shortly after that you will reach an intersection for Velma Lakes and Dicks Lake, go right to Velma Lakes.
Before reaching Upper
you will reach an Un-named Lake. Although this is a good lunch
don't fool yourself into thinking you have reached Upper Velma.
Un-named lake above Upper Velma Lake
Cascades between Upper and Lower
Continue on by
the cascades between Upper and Lower Velma Lakes. You will reach
a fork going to Upper and Middle Velma lakes.
Upper Velma Lake
Middle Velma Lake
• Phone ahead - Reserve your permit by phone, you can pick it up in person
• Bring a rod - The fishing is great in the Desolation Wilderness
• Catch and Release - If you do bring a rod catch and release
Schaffer, Jefferey P. 1996. Desolation Wilderness and the South Lake Tahoe Basin. Berkeley: Wilderness Press, p. 112 (hike #20).
O'Neil, Dennis V. 1996. Trail Tools Desolation Wilderness. O'Neil Software, p. 114-115.
Yesavage, Jerome. 1994. Desolation Wilderness Fishing Guide. Frank Amato Publications, p. 39-40.
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