Explore the most popular kid friendly trails in El Dorado National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
3 days ago

Beautiful, easy hike for most.

hiking
4 days ago

Simply beautiful. Loved walking by the water at different points on the path.

Nice trail. About .7 in there is a teaser cascading fall where there are some pools to swim. At the Falls itself, there are several swimming pools—wish I had my suit! Falls still running pretty good on June 14.

The trail is relatively easy. That hard part is actually finding and staying in the trail. It isn’t clearly marked at all. I suggest running this app while you’re on the hike so you can see when you’ve ventured off trail. Overall it’s great!

hiking
12 days ago

Fun hike

hiking
13 days ago

Nice easy hike and beautiful. My children loved it. Be warned to get to the falls is a VERY steep entrance. And lots of rocks at the end. Careful with little ones.

hiking
14 days ago

Lots of water still flowing!

great trail! awesome terrain for novices like us. difficult to follow trail in some places. almost no snow left. prepare for some mud.

hiking
21 days ago

Hiked to the falls in late May and it was great. The hike is full of moderately challenging terrain with rocks, fallen trees, and other obstacles you need to climb over. The falls is beautiful. It's a place I could sit and watch for hours. Well worth each step and the $5 parking fee

adorable trail and great waterfall views ! easy for all ages... just be wary of slippery rocks and rushing water parts of the year !

hiking
24 days ago

Beautiful & picturesque. There’s moderately easy incline, decline, large boulders to climb through, and puddles to cross. The trail is unclear where the big boulders are, but just follow the gushing abundant river and you’ll be fine. A moderate hike. It was about a 4 mile hike for us. Would definitely do this hike again! ❤️

24 days ago

Awesome adventure trail, short and sweet hike up to the base of the falls, then a fun cairn led scramble up to the top of the granite overlook. The access road is best in a high clearance vehicle, but I saw some passenger cars at the trailhead. Awesome spot for dogs to run and explore.

There was a lot of snow for late may. But the climb was worth the view on top. I would recommend but definitely get hiking sticks.

hiking
27 days ago

hiking
28 days ago

Great hike. Lots of boulders and rocks which makes for some unsteady steps (a bit tough on ankles and bad knees) but plenty of flat areas about halfway in. Hiked to the cement bridge to the beautiful river. Very little parking. Plan ahead. If you can get a space there is a five dollar fee. We parked outside camp area and walked in. May 19, 2018

backpacking
29 days ago

Conditions as of 5/23/2018: super duper soupy. And are established trails always this poorly marked around here? Or maybe their just more obvious when they’re not flooded. No worries; hard to get truly lost in that area anyhow.

I got good and wet on my way to Sylvia, spent a day drying out and soaking in the beautiful landscape, then decided to summit Pyramid from the West, starting just north of (not next to) Sylvia. That was fun. But FYI the slop starts very early into Lyons from parking. If you’re thinking “maybe it’s just this area; it’ll get better” then you’re very sadly mistaken. The Lyons trail is essentially a babbling brook all the way through. Even the trails side-stepping the regular “trail” were much soggier today than they were on my way in 2 days ago. I was wearing old beat-up Saucony Peregrine trail shoes with microspikes for the summit. My feet were totally soaked and freezing from start to finish every day. lol - somehow, having that whole beautiful place to myself made up for it.

Summary: look elsewhere until things dry out a bit, or just come prepared for ankle-shin deep slogs all the way to the remaining snow pack.

I never grow tired of this hike! we hiked two days ago, got caught in a bit of hail and rain but the falls were incredible and it was still a wonderful day.

The trail isn’t so much of a trail as a random area to explore. From the parking lot to the wilderness entrance is pretty straight forward. After that it’s a bit of a free for all. I ended up off trail a few times on the way out, and ignored it completely on the way back. I stopped before reaching the base as there was no one in sight and I had difficulty figuring out where to hike that wasn’t full of brush. Gorgeous views out there, but maybe bring a pair of pants if you wander off trail (wherever that dang thing was). Maybe next time I’ll figure it out and make it to the top. Recommend a hiking buddy due to the lose rock and granite climbing that can get dicey.

The prettiest waterfall I’ve ever seen. The further you I go the harder It gets, so worth every step. Got super close to the top.

Absolutely stunning. Our favorite hike so far!

I took my two boys 8 and 12, the trail was a perfect Adventure. we just mosied along took our time, made sure to look at all our beautiful surroundings and sure enough we came to the Majestic spot. we sat down and had lunch. It was a wonderful hike!

It sucked. I wouldn’t recommend going.

Trail conditions: 5/13/18

Trail is wet and sloppy from melt off with patches of snow below 7,700 ft (full coverage above). There are also a few downed trees blocking the trail.

0-3 miles: Wet and sloppy, with some small patches of snow.
3-4 miles: Larger patches of snow. Easy to lose trail if not paying attention.
4.5 miles: Trail completely covered by snow.

Overall the trail to Sylvia is doable, but the last 2 miles are slow going. Also, make sure to wear waterproof boots!

What an adventure! This was one of those days that I wouldn't mind living again! My heart is so full from this experience! Definitely feeling blessed today!

Gorgeous, yet very easy hike

1 month ago

Enjoyed this trail. Waterfall looks great right now. Very enjoyable walk for beginners.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike up but could not cross the falls in May. Views would of been spectacular i al sure

backpacking
1 month ago

Beautiful right now! Easy trail, no snow. if you dont want to encounter a lot of people go during the week!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful short hike and the end destination is an amazing lunch spot! Took me around 1.5 hours round trip. I had a hard time finding the trail head because the gravel road has a tons of "no motor vehicles" signs so I ended up walking up that road. Saw a a few cars drove in...next time.

hiking
1 month ago

Trail (though poorly marked) finds its way to a gorgeous view of southern Lake Tahoe and the falls. I can imagine that during the summer months, the trail can be brutal without much shade.

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