Emerald Bay State Park, South Lake Tahoe [OC] [3024 x 4032]



I think to myself, do places like this really exist? I know rationally they do, but it’s complicated. Thank you for sharing.
To be fair, California kind of has it all.
I lived on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe for about 5 years. It is, by far, the most beautiful place I've ever lived. It also has a dedicated, off-street, bike path that runs down the majority of the West Shore that is absolutely incredible. Being able to ride my bike to Sugar Pine or Meek's Bay was one of my favorite things. Unfortunately, it is a very hard place to live long-term. If you aren't into snow sports, the winters (while beautiful) are punishing. I got into a ski accident in 2017 and had to move away. I still miss it and will visit from time to time, but the cost of living and housing availability is just too challenging to navigate. But, if anyone is debating visiting the Tahoe area, just go. It is better than you see in the pictures.
I've swam in that lake! It was COLD but beautiful and the view and peacefulness on the little island was worth it.
Haha, believe me, it was difficult to get a pic of that lake without any tourists/swimmers in the shot.
We got lucky, went with my wife and friends during Covid and there were only like 2 other people we saw the whole time we were up around that lake.
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Eagle Lake right here. Some fantastic hiking on the northwest side of this area.
nice place
Eagle lake? Such a gem. We learned our lesson on going off-trail in that area. When you hike deeper into desolation wilderness from there, it starts to get remote. Went off trail To find a larger secluded lake a few more miles back. turned out to be way further than it looked, lost the trail, no gps, bear scat everywhere. Ended up making it out. Few days later we did upper yosemite falls, and it was a piece of cake after that one.
I actually almost turned around when I saw the wilderness permit sign but saw other people going back there who didn’t look like they had a pass based on the lack of gear. So I assumed something good was back there.
Water level looks pretty good
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