Cascade Falls Trail is a 2.3 kilometer 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.

Distance: 2.3 km Elevation Gain: 78 m Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

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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rocky
8 hours ago

rocky
1 day ago

Beautiful day..waterfall is rushing...go early...gets crowded

5 days ago

excellent trail but extremely busy avoid if you're looking for a secluded hike but the waterfall was worth the trip to me!

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13 days ago

Wonderful hike today, started snowy and ended with a bit of sun. The falls are rushing at the moment, so be careful when getting those photos :)

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rocky
16 days ago

I love this trail but haven’t been in years. Not to difficult since there is little elevation change and the beautiful waterfall at the end is so worth it!

hiking
16 days ago

All snow is gone, super pretty views!

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23 days ago

All snow is now melted off the trail.

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rocky
25 days ago

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closed
rocky
28 days ago

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rocky
snow
1 month ago

Loved it!!! The views, the snow, yeah rocky but it’s a good workout. My daughter had a blast!

1 month ago

Falls are amazing! Large and loud!! Great views! Took 4 kids from age 5 to 11. Trail is rocky.

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icy
no shade
rocky
scramble
snow
1 month ago

The first half mile is rough with all the snow but it can be done without snowshoes. Beautiful views the entire time! Towards the end it’s easy to get off trail. Carefully scramble some rocks at the end to get a better view of the waterfall.

hiking
1 month ago

One of my favorite places! Great views!

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icy
muddy
scramble
snow
2 months ago

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icy
muddy
snow
3 months ago

Hiked part of this trail 2/24/20 Bayview TH is closed until mid-May. Plenty of snow leading to the TH. Part of the trail has icy spots-micro spikes are useful. Falls are still heavenly frozen. Views of Lake Tahoe and Cascade Lake from the TH are gorg. Enjoy!

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icy
rocky
snow
3 months ago

Doable without snow shoes on 2/8 but some spots were a bit icy. Falls are small and weren’t really visible, mostly covered in snow, but some great views and nice scenery.

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4 months ago

Hiked this in the summertime. Best to start early since it does get hot by noon. The waterfalls was breathtaking! Worth every step.

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