Eldorado National Forest - Velma Lake - Member Hike

Hike Name: Eldorado National Forest - Velma Lake
Country: United States
State: California
Nearby Town: South Lake Tahoe
Rating: 4 stars
Directions: EAGLE FALLS TRAILHEAD: From Tahoe City, take CA 89 south for about 20 miles. The Eagle Falls Trailhead is on your right. Turn right into the parking area.
Total Hike Distance: 12.80 miles
Hike Difficulty: Moderate
Permit Required: Yes
Hike Type: Roundtrip, Loop Hike
Hike Starts/Ends: Eagle Falls
Trails Used: Pacific Crest Trail, Eagle Falls Trail, Bayview Trail
Backcountry Campsites: Yes
Backcountry Water Sources: Streams, Lakes, Snow
Management: U.S. Forest Service
Contact Information: Forest/Park/Wilderness: El Dorado National Forest
Management: National Forest Service
Park Address/Phone Number:
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
P.O. Box 8465, South Lake Tahoe, CA 95731 (916) 544-6420
Best Season: Summer
Users: Hikers, Dogs, Horses
Road Conditions: Primary Paved Roads, Secondary Paved Roads
Hike Summary: The Eldorado National Forest is located in the central Sierra Nevada. Portions of Alpine, Amador, El Dorado, and Placer counties lie within the Forest Boundary. The forest is bordered on the north by the Tahoe National Forest, on the east by the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, on the southeast by the Humboldt-Toiyabe, and to the south by the Stanislaus National Forest. Eldorado ranges in elevation from 1,000 feet in the foothills to more than 10,000 feet above sea level along the Sierra crest. The mountainous topography is broken by the steep canyons of the Mokelumne, Cosumnes, American, and Rubicon rivers. Plateaus of generally moderate relief are located between these steep canyons. The Eldorado National Forest has a network of trails totaling 349 miles. I hiked it with The Ox during a cross-country road-trip in 1998 and we decided to explore the Desolation Wilderness which is a section near Lake Tahoe. Although we passed a number of day hikers and backpackers during the trip, we had Velma Lake all to ourselves during our visit.


The Ox

5,750 points


Trip Reports

  Date Rating Duration Hiker
Eldorado National Forest - Velma Lake - July 19, 1998 July 19, 1998 4 stars 2 days The Ox


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