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Awesome trail. Quick and easy. You can relax at the pool just past the bridge.

trail running
23 hours ago

Lovely hike with plenty of views. At the waterfall I went up instead of across and ended up on a neighboring peak. Still managed to get some good footage. Check out what you are in for here...
https://youtu.be/YTli0UqmvW4

Ranger said it was .75 mile trail to the beach from the day parking area, it was not, no big deal though just not really a direct route to the beach.. had some ok views the closer it meandered to the lake. Had some decent sized sequoia trees and old growth stumps from logging.

great scenery great people working to maintain it

Awesome hike. The stroll up to the waterfall is gorgeous and fairly easy. You then gradually climb with a couple of small water crossings until you reach the 1 mile to the summit sign. Then it gets pretty strenuous to the peak, but the views are so worth it. Alternate trail back was refreshing as it was fairly empty compared to the main trail. Part of its fire road, but you see a pond and great views of Tahoe, plus it makes it more of a loop.

Absolutely amazing! Stunning views and plenty of places to stop and just relax next to the falls! I highly recommend it!

One of the best trails. Bring Water and snacks if your going to the top.

Rather strenuous, but wonderful hike!

2 days ago

We had a blast. Quite strenuous at the granite part but definitely worth it!! The team ride down was the best motivation!!

hiking
2 days ago

Excellent hike. Enjoy an easier 5 mile loop to the waterfalls and back, continue to the summit for the challenging part. The views are worth it at the top. Take lots of water and snacks.

A great hike, definitely on the challenging side. Great work out, lake is refreshing and High Camp is awesome

Beautiful views and waterfalls! The trail was tough to follow at a couple spots. watch for logs and rocks that help guide you. We started about 8:30 am. By the time we were heading down it had gotten pretty crowded, but the way up was peaceful.

great hiking trail....

This hike is very beautiful with lots of trees, places near the river to rest, and of course the waterfall. The trail is poorly marked but there is a dirt path that starts from the Tahoe basin sign that first directs you into the parking lot and that leads all the way up. Lots of granite slabs to climb, and if you lose the trail, it's mostly fine as long as you aim towards the waterfall. Along the way you should pass the desolation wilderness trailhead, and that trail is fairly easy to follow.

hiking
5 days ago

Hike was easy with limited moderate spots. Just beautiful but what can I say, it is Tahoe! Go early to secure a parking spot.

just beautiful.

Really enjoyable hike. The highlight: incredible views and scenery!!!!

Third time we have been on the trail over the past twelve years. Love it! Serenity up in the mountains.

hiking
6 days ago

Gorgeous hike. There are now portapotties at the parking lot but they are pretty gross. Bring your own TP.
Nice lollipop if you take the alternate trail to Relay Peak Road and loop around that way back to the trailhead. Really nice hike through wildflower meadow. There is a small pond for a dip/wade - the dogs we passed were loving it.

Beautiful hike. The first third of it feels deceivingly easy because of the waterfalls. The next third is a grueling dry climb - be sure to have plenty of water. You are rewarded with reaching Shirley lake - be ready to swim, you will be tempted. The last third is steady uphill with easier terrain - mostly dirt road. Great hike for strong dogs. (If your dog is an English Bulldog- this hike is not a good idea for your four-legged friend!).

Beautiful terrain that vacillated between forested shade and granite slabs to bouldering cascades at the top.

Gorgeous. I went for a trail run and was happy with how runnable it was. Well marked

Love love love it!! Hard hike down with the paddle board I would think but next time I might try to bring it.

Great family hike. Takes about 30 minutes

Great walking and climbing combo at the end you can get back to the city in a Tram where they have a pool and restaurant.

Great trail! Beautiful creeks and a lake to cool off in, and if you make it to the top of squaw you can use the pool and have lunch! Hike back down or take the gondola for free!

Best hike by far perfect not too long! Lots of beautiful views! Love it!

A short hike to a beautiful lake to swim in.

Really great if youre looking for a challenge for a beginner hiker!

hiking
14 days ago

Nice hike. Easy for the most part. I did this hike on 8/4. it was very smoky that morning but by the time I got up to the start of the hike which was just under 9000 feet the smoke wasn’t really affecting me but it did affect the views.
It does start to incline shortly after the waterfall but no steep parts. its a pretty gradual incline even the switchbacks aren’t very steep. only difficulty really is elevation if your not used to it.
it was super windy at the top. about a half mile before I got to the summit the wind gusts were so strong they nearly knocked me off my feet a few times.
but once you get to the summit there are some rocks you can sit behind which blanket from the wind. if there wasn’t so much smoke it would’ve been a beautiful view. total hike took just under four hours that was with the rest stops to take pictures and lunch at the summit.

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