Hiking Mineral King – Eagle Meadow

Posted by on Aug 2, 2017 in Mineral King, Photography | 4 Comments

Eagle Lake is about 4 miles from the Mineral King valley floor, but the trail is steep and rough. In spite of that, it is probably the most popular destination. Trail Guy doesn’t like going there and I haven’t been in several years. The last time I was there, the lake was almost empty, because some stupid hon-yock opened the gate on the dam.

This is no excuse to miss out on Eagle Meadow below the lake or the sloping meadow below Eagle Meadow.

Another unknown white flower, low to the ground and with a distinctive leaf pattern – I WILL find the name!

Labrador Tea, but not the true kind of the northeast.

Lousewort – this strikes me as a true Why Bother, but it is in my favorite flower book by Steven Stocking.

One also encounters a mysterious sinkhole, where water continually flows into and yet it doesn’t fill up. The trail looks positively bucolic, but there are armies, platoons and relentless swarms of ravenous bugs. There is a meadow before you begin climbing to Eagle Lake, and it was full of Jeffrey Shooting Star and Knotweed. (and bugs that bite.)


  1. Sharon Devol
    August 11, 2017

    “Stupid hon-yock?” heh heh

    • cabinart
      August 14, 2017

      Sharon, “stupid hon-yock” is probably redundant, because “hon-yock” means “stupid”!

  2. sjd
    August 2, 2017

    I was actually up there earlier this summer, and witnessed the sinkhole filled to the brim!! Needless to say, it was very strange…

    • cabinart
      August 6, 2017

      Wow, Sally, I’ve never seen it that way! Thanks for checking in. . .