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.

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

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27 days ago

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

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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

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2 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.

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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!