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

Really enjoyed this hike. we started at 9am to beat the heat and traffic. The views are amazing.

2 days ago

A very rewarding hike. We did it with our 8 and 5 year olds, so it was a slower pace for us. The views were amazing. The greatest reward was how delighted and proud our 8 year old was to reach the summit. It really was a very steep uphill climb the vast majority of the way up. Other reviews describe a more level middle part of the hike up— there wasn’t much of that, to be honest. But really, a fantastic hike. So glad we did it.

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.

Fun Trail, Awesome Views!

Granite lake is such a beautiful lake. The reflection of surrounding trees on the green-blue water was spectacular. The extra hour or so hike from granite lake to Maggie's peaks was also totally worth it because from the top, I could see Lake Tahoe, Emerald Bay, Granite Lake, and two other lakes. We also saw an eagle fly upwards what we hiked for 2 hours in 10 seconds. This was overall a very impressive hike. Definitely elevation gain involved.

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.

Lovely hike gorgeous views

Had a wonderful hike to Ralston Peak. The views were just spectacular. During the hike, I thought of all the brave firefighters that are battling the many wildfires. My thoughts and prayers go out to all those who are putting their lives on the line.

Great easy hike and not busy. Parking is limited at the trailhead, but is accessible if you're staying at the campgrounds.

this trail is an annual ritual for me. it helps me acclimatize to the elevation for longer hikes later in the week

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5 days ago

Very pretty hike with a nice scenery all the way. Also good hike for beginners that want to take a slightly more complicated path as its not very even but still easy and not too long.

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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.

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5 days ago

Beautiful views, waterfall reward. Nice to get the boots off to cool down your feet at the falls. Well marked trail. Worth the effort.

Nice hike. The Trail could be better marked, especially in the beginning. Lots of photo ops.

Beautiful bay views. Steady up and down so not difficult. Arriving on Emerald bay area, several spots for a swim on the lakeside. Worthy !

just beautiful.

5 days ago

Steep in quite a few sections but beautiful all the way up. Still a little smokey so the views didn’t extend as far as they could’ve.

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

Outstanding hike. Moderate at times but overall a very doable hike. Multiple shady spots to relax and take a break on the longer uphills. Suggest hiking up the falls a bit as there are a lot of places to relax in the cool water and shade of trees but also going down to the edge of the falls for the great photo opportunity. Trail head on the return is poorly marked but it's not too difficult to find your way.

on Echo Lakes Trail

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7 days ago

This is an amazing hike. I went out and back from echo lake trailhead to tamarack lake in 4 hours. It’s a hell of a hike without much shade. There aren’t any steep climbs but don’t expect a nice dirt trail as it’s mostly rocks. Nice views along echo lake.

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

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9 days ago

Beautiful hike. Lower and upper lake taxi tour is a fun extra. Hiked the PCT to Tamarak lack last year. There was still a lot of snow so we trekked back earlier than expected. Will do this one again for sure!

10 days ago

Beautiful trail!

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11 days ago

Good solid grind going up. Still hazy but the view is still amazing. Bring water! I brought 3 liters and drank 1.5. Always have more then you think you’ll drink. Having less is horrible

Great trail, easy and able to navigate. Will do it again!

Nice trail. Beautiful views.

Great family hike. Takes about 30 minutes

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

A short hike to a beautiful lake to swim in.

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