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Quite the climb but worth it. had to set the pace to endure the at least 3.5 mile climb up over rock steps in points. waterfall is cute but not the main feature in my opinion, the views looking down on beautiful South lake are gorgeous on a sunny day. there are sections of trail both in exposed sun but also plenty of dense shade so there is a great variety. getting up to the TRT is worth the accomplishment but not climatic. the perfect spot for the best photos is about a quarter to half mile past the waterfall to get the full photo ops. go further and you'll see into another canyon, at the end you'll see down in the Nevada valley, I believe Carson valley but hard to get a great pic through the trees, could have if I was interested enough. would like to do the TRT some day.

Beautiful views and a very pretty little waterfall.

Beautiful! One of my favorite hikes. You can either stop once you get to the falls or keep going and climb up to the top to Avalanche Lake and beyond. I’ve done this hike 3 times now and I will still keep coming back!

2 days ago

Great trail.. breathtaking views.. good for solo hikers as there is just the right amount of foot traffic.

We loved this one! The trail is hard to follow but there is so many outcroppings to explore and climb you dont really mind losing the trail. There were enough people coming back to point us in the right direction.

This is my favorite trail that we hiked this year! I would definately do it again! It was strenuous but not to hard and so beautiful.

beautiful views of Tahoe

This was a great trail 9/15/18. Most hikers observed the dog on leash rule. Great views from the first Vista Point! Next time, we will go looking for the waterfall.

this us one of my favorite places to go, especially if you climb to the top of the falls and hike back. it's like a little oasis. you never run out of exploring options.

Beautiful hike! Totally worth it, especially if you keep going above the falls to Avalanche Lake. The extended hike up to the lake is hard (climbing over boulders at a very steep incline). There are absolutely no trail markers which is why I gave it 4 vs 5 stars.

Nice hike with an amazing view. Recommend this hike to get started...then go tryout different other hiking trails.

so fun!

Such a fun trail. Beautiful mountains. Depending how far you go, neat rocks and waterfalls. Not very well marked.

Perfect moderate ride on a narrow trail, no injuries.

Great, gorgeous, trees, meadows !

15 days ago

The road to the trail is obscure, random unmarked turn off 89/Luther Pass that goes back about 5 miles and since its a bumpy road its about 20 or so minutes driving...stick to the left...eventually you end up at the bottom of the unmarked trailhead. The way up is steep from the beginning. The final climb to the top is steepest. Way back is hard on knees without poles. We did it up and back it in about 4 hours and my sister hadn't been accustomed to hiking, including our break for enjoying the stunning Carson Valley views and filling out the journal in the fun mailbox. Very sentimental for us. We got phone service on the mtn. top. If you have the forethought, bring chalk or something to make some markers starting from the turn off on Luther, so people aren't as clueless LOL

awesome hike!!

Son and I tackled what we have been driving by for 20 years. You know you’re at the top when you find the lake. Absolutely breathtaking!

20 days ago

The trail was nice and relatively easy. Itself the trail would only be 2-stars. The treat was coming across the soda spring and circa 1900 resort at Glen Alpine Springs with cabins and other buildings designed by Maybeck.

Walking on rocks the entire time, not very scenic. This has to be one of the worse in Lake Tahoe

Beautiful hike! The trail is hard to follow but follow the water and you’ll be fine!. We were worried it would be overly crowded but it was perfect. We brought our dog (border collie) and she loved it. There are some steep parts, so be sure to wear shoes with a good tread.

Great views of Lake Tahoe

24 days ago

Definitely recommend this hike with breath taking nature

Nice hike and beautiful lake,did a overnight hike there Aug 12 13....

This trail is terrible marked but the views make it worth it. You see several waterfalls. After you get so far with the water on your right.... head left up the hill and go as far as you want. The Granite stone is gigantuous and can be overwhelming. But you will never see anything like it again.

I hiked this trail in July with a group of high school students of different levels of experience with the outdoors. The consensus was that it felt longer than 7.3 miles but it’s worth the effort. Take care crossing the road from the parking lot to the trailhead.
The highlight is jumping into the water and swimming out to the rocks across Lake Dardanelles. I later read that there are leeches but none of us encountered any. Pack plenty of water and snacks and lunch and make a day of it. It’s beautiful.

Super easy trail with a beautiful waterfall at the end!

Very nice but the trail can be hard to find at times. Definitely worth the trek in.

Terribly marked. Fairly easy. Pretty crowded on weekend. We arrived at lot around 945am and got one of last parking spots. Great views.

30 days ago

Trail poorly marked but as long as you keep river to the right of you as you ascend to waterfall you will be ok. Nice spots along the way to enjoy the river. The waterfall is beautiful!

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