Eagle Falls

AE7I4229.jpgThe great thing about snow covered mountains (well, one them) is that all of that snow has to go somewhere when the temperature warms up.  The melt waters result in powerful river flows and, since we are talking about mountainous areas, there are chances for big waterfalls.  On the southwest side of Lake Tahoe is Emerald Bay and above the bay are Eagle Falls.  These are some pretty substantial falls when the water is running off and we got them at a great time of year.

AE7I4295.jpgThe top of the falls is up near the highway.  They crash down the hillside and run in to the lake near Vikingsholme.  Since we hiked down to the lakeside at this place, we were able to see the falls both from below and from above.  They are spread out over a reasonably wide front and make for a dramatic view.  Whether you are close in (and you can get ride to the edge of the falls at the top), looking at them from a distance or staring up from the bottom, they look impressive.  I don’t know how long they run for at strength but I imagine they diminish quite soon.  We did well to be there at the right time.

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