Cascade Falls Trail is a 1.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Tahoma, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length1.4 miElevation gain255 ftRoute typeOut & back
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NOTE: This trail may be closed for the season during winter months. This is a great short, moderate/easy hike to a beautiful waterfall within Emerald Lake State Park on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe. The trailhead is located off of Highway 89 north of South Lake Tahoe across from Inspiration Point. There is a small parking area with limited parking. The trail navigates through forest and over stone steps. There are many vantage points with excellent views of Cascade Lake, Emerald Bay, and Lake Tahoe along the way. Although there is not a lot of elevation change, there are challenging spots along the trail with large rocks/small boulders to navigate. Once at the falls, it is a good place to eat lunch, relax, and take in the views. The surrounding large granite rock outcroppings are impressive. There are multiple pools you can put your feet in. This is one of the more popular hiking trails Emerald Bay State Park and parking fills up quickly. Make sure to get there early to secure a parking spot. The best time to see the falls is in spring/early summer when Cascade Creek is roaring from the snowmelt that feeds it.

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Leo Smith
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Enough dry patches towards the falls to take off snowshoes. Walked back in boots and only had 1 post hole to the knee.

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Yasmine Pitts
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The trail itself is beaitiful and easy going. The only reason I am not giving max stars is because I had to pick up so much garbage that I was watching people drop on the trail. If you love nature like I do, take a garbage bag with you when you go!

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Adam Larkin
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Pretty icy at the entrance and then up on the hill. Pretty easy hike though. not sure I would rate as "intermediate".

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Nick Westrate
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Great hike! Beautiful trails, little icy near the top but spectacular views of the lake and the falls! Definitely would recommend!

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Jade Jossen
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great views

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phil bussjaeger
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Eli Magariki
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Weiwei Levy
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Matthias Ollivier
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Louisa Zhai
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Dan Richardson
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Short and sweet. And icy in spots. Falls frozen, but the views are excellent.

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Brooke Milder
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Good trail, but slippery/icy at times

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Kristin Folz
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Travis Andrews
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Amazing weather great hike little icy at top wear crampons or fall on your butt. Views were picture perfect. Got there at around 0830 nobody. When we came out place was packed no parking people everywhere..

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Heather Colburn
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Good to do this trail on its own if you can get parking- or there is a trail to access it off the rubicon trail which I did. It’s pretty. A little snowy and icy.

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Daniel S
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icy near the end

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Diana Hayes
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Nice trail, very crowded on the way back down. A little hard to find the trail at top of the mountain. I had downloaded the trail so we were able to get to the trail.

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Rebecca Feenstra
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Great views. Parking available. Waterfall frozen during winter and a little icy so be careful

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Carmella Silva
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Great short hike with a great view. Waterfall was almost nonexistent but that’s to be expected this time of year.

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Deanna Maloney
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Emily Alto
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Short, sweet, and just a wee bit challenging

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Jessica Bielenberg
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Gilberto Figueroa
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Short and sweet trail that you will definitely enjoy. Pretty rocky most of the trail so make sure you bring good shoes. Beautiful views of cascade lake and Lake Tahoe in the background. The falls aren’t flowing much due to time of year (early November) but springtime will guarantee you those flowing falls.

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Nathaniel Villanueva
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Incredible formations along an idyllic trail to the end; beautiful rock formations with water running down. Absolutely mesmerizing , like Yosemite on a miniature scale

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Emily Stotts
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Got a little lost at the end of the trail. Very rocky. Beautiful view!

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Kimberly Sharman
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Pretty views; rocky path but manageable for most ; not too long.

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Sean Ansted
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really overgrown trail but for the most part easy to find and stay on trail

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Rebekah Ball
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Gorgeous views! Sadly this time of year didn’t allow for much of a waterfall, just a small trickle. The hike was gorgeous, mildly easy but a few tough climbing spots. Would love to try it again in the spring.

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