Cascade Falls Trail

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Cascade Falls Trail is a 1.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Tahoma, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. 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.

DISTANCE
1.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
246 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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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.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike if you have the appropriate footwear. Went in Dec and lots of the rocks were icy, a few other visitors turned back before they reached the falls. Short beautiful hike with views of Cascade Lake and Lake Tahoe.

hiking
2 months ago

Make sure you have a good pair of hiking shoes. You will have to climb through the rocks at some point.

hiking
3 months ago

Great bang for your buck. Pretty easy walk, comes out to a beautiful waterfall overlooking some lakes

hiking
3 months ago

Hike was pretty easy and not crowded at all! Because of the snow melt the waterfall is rushing and creates a stunning view. A very family friendly hike. The only tricky part is finding parking

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike! Easy to follow trail with rocky sections. Crossing the waterfall requires some rock-hopping and has slick rocks. Beautiful overlook of Cascade Lake. Recommended to people of all ages.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike! Definitely some areas where you begin to wonder where the trail is though. But it was a fun out and back hike that led to some amazing views. We had a great time scrambling around the waterfall area and trying to get the best pics. A little crowded, but it was also the middle of a Sunday afternoon. Definitely recommended!

4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Pretty cool trail which ends in multiple water falls across granite rocks. There are multiple pools you can put your feet in. I brought my dog and she did a great job navigating. Make sure you bring sun cover as it's hot out and plenty of water or bring a filter. It was a pretty easy trail but gets a bit in marked at the end and takes time to find way back to trail when leaving as not really marked but eventually can be picked up.

hiking
5 months ago

Very fun hike. The falls were not raging this time of year (September) but this allowed hikers to find their own spot along the tributaries to play in the water or eat lunch.

5 months ago

Loved it. Short and sweet. Took my six yr old with no issues.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice trail above Cascade Lake with great views of Emerald Bay and Cascade Lake. Fun exploring for kids at the top of the falls. Kid and dog friendly.

6 months ago

Very moderate trail. Best to do it morning as there is no shade. Falls still good this time of year but best late spring.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful easy hike to the falls, once you get to the top it's a lot of walking over rocks and creating your own path. The falls are beautiful this time of year.

6 months ago

More than expected

hiking
6 months ago

Did this with our 4, 8 and 10 yr old kids. Gorgeous hike to the top of Cascade Falls. They all loved it and it was quite manageable. We had to carry our 4yo old out, but we spent a long time playing and exploring up top - had we shortened that time he would have been fine.

hiking
6 months ago

Awesome trail. We did it in the late morning, and it was really busy. I didn't mind too much, everyone was very polite and easy going. The trail was very rocky, but I had no problems just by taking it slow and steady. I will say, it was hotter on the trail than I expected! There is not much shade along the trail. Overall, the views were unbeatable and fun to hike! I called it a double feature since you get a nice view of both lakes!

hiking
6 months ago

Shorter than I planned. I expected to be hiking to the base of the waterfall, but it goes to the top. Parking is horrible, plan to go early in the morning to get a parking spot, (like before 9am). Fun to go with the kids and play in the water at the top!

hiking
6 months ago

Spectacular views and fun at the water falls

hiking
6 months ago

A short hike to get to the amazing waterfalls created by the melting snowpack. Then take your hiking shoes off and explore barefoot the river , jump from rocks and wet your feet! The water is cold but you will quickly get used to it!

6 months ago

Fantastic hike. The end of it where the waterfall is provides you with the opportunity to just wander in and out of the water. Was a simple easy hike.

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