Eagle Creek Canyon is a popular year-round destination for outdoor adventurers and offers access to the Desolation Wilderness. In the winter, it is a popular snowshoe and skiing destination, as well as one of the few good ice climbing crags.
The frozen Eagle Creek, spectacular cliffs in the canyon, views of Lake Tahoe, and presence of ice climbers make this a fun, interesting, and beautiful winter destination.
Be sure to pickup a free (and required) trail wilderness permit at the trailhead.
A GPS track is NO substitute for winter travel experience, avalanche safety knowledge, map and compass navigational ability, and common sense! I am not responsible for you if you should follow my track and hurt or kill yourself!
Check the weather forecast and avalanche forecast before you go (although neither is a guarantee of safe conditions!)
Eagle Lake may or may not be frozen. To be safe, travel around the lake instead of crossing over it.
SR89 closes after heavy snow due to avalanches on the road. Check CalTrans for road conditions.
If you chose to ski, most skiers use heavy duty backcountry skis with skins due to variable snow conditions and narrow, steep, tree-lined trails. However, expert cross-country skiers have made the trip when snow conditions permit. If in doubt, go on snowshoes!
Eagle Lake is commonly crossed over ice in the dead of winter, but BE CAREFUL! There is always thin ice at the inlet and outlet, and there may be thin ice everywhere. Be safe and walk around if there is any doubt.