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Azure Lake via Cascade Creek Trail is a 5.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near South Lake Tahoe, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips.

Length 5.4 mi Elevation gain 1,145 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Nature trips

Running

Forest

Lake

Views

Wildlife

Snow

Off trail

No dogs

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Recordings (51)
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Jacob Chism
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BackpackingGreat!Off trailOver grownRockyScramble

As everyone has posted in recent history, the trail is near nonexistent past cascade falls. You can find pieces of it here and there if you follow the alltrails path but it is not easy as there are many 'trails' that lead to dead ends. A lot is overgrown or steep granite slabs you need to climb, which with a full backpack is tough. Apart from the frustration of finding where to go, Azure is a magnificently beautiful lake with great views and few people (probably due to poor trail maintenance). 1 star for the trail but 5 stars for the destination.

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David Simpson
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HikingBlowdownOff trailOver grownRockyScramble

Most of this route is not on a developed trail. Past the turn off to Cascade Falls, the trail is sketchy and difficult to follow. Portions close to the creek are completely overgrown with alder and willow. Above Snow Lake, there is no trail. Views are great and you have most of the area to yourself, of course not many people tackle this challenge. Be prepared to do a lot of scrambling and route finding.

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Steve Rego
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HikingRocky
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Jacob Smith
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Hiking

No trail don’t go this way.

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Brian A.
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HikingOff trailOver grownRockyScramble

Whew... my feet hurt! ok, so everything is as to be expected up till you get to Cascade falls, then you do a river crossing walking from rock to rock. It is at this point the trail disappears and is occasionally seen again. I went in about another mile maybe, but it was all making your own trail. I scaled sheer Granite slabs 4,5..6 stories tall and really very steep. I cut thru manza ita brush and eventually came upon a beautiful waterfall. I crossed that river and made it up to the top of a ridge only to find Manzanita everywhere and a small lily pad marsh and way more Granite mountaineering to be had. I called it a day, had a snack turned around and went back to the car. Though this did not go well and I never could reach Azure, this was a fun challenge and an acceptable outing. One last note, According to the Alltrails map, I was actually on the trail the whole time, my blue location dot stayed on the red line all the way, I turned back at 2.2 kilometers in, that is where it became impassable.

Travis Lund
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HikingOff trailOver grownRocky

yes you're right, the trail gets lost to a bunch of fallen trees and rocks and stuff, but we felt we went too far to turn back and so we made our way over the fallen trees with our nimble feet and kept going. it gets crazy for a min there. also, steep and sheer granite rock sides afterwards too.. just run up them, it's faster. then there will be a beautiful waterfall on some rocks where you can cool down and get a fresh drink of some of the best water on earth, seriously. then you'll finally make it to Azure Lake. it's so damn beautiful.... you just gotta trust that you're gonna find the trail again- because it does pick up again. it's not that hard to find the trail again after the crossing of the fallen trees. then leave the lake by heading over Maggies peak and back to the parking lot.. not as easy task as this sounds though after the slog from earlier lol.. I highly recommend this hike though. there was no one there during our four hrs there swimming around and eating. and the lake was incredibly gorgeous.

Don L.
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Hiking
First to Review

Less than a mile in, you come to a river coming down from the mountain to the lake. The trail is impossible to follow at that point. Our group tried several directions and each time ended up wandering through woods til we hit fallen trees or rocks that could not be passed.

Leigh S.
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Ruchi M.
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Mark Trimbell
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Nicholas Ruggero
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George Freund
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Stephanie Prevost
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Jacob Mattingly
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Elena Starhovska
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paige ward
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LeighAnn O.
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