Hawley Grade Trail

MODERATE 7 reviews
#39 of 72 trails in

Hawley Grade Trail is a 4.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near South Lake Tahoe, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, horses, and mountain biking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.3 miles 895 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


mountain biking

trail running

horseback riding





washed out

5 months ago

So when you first enter park to the right behind the sign the trail is across on your left

trail running
7 months ago

Nice trail. Lots of wild berries. Waterfall is dry. I would rate it easy.

8 months ago

9 months ago

Hiked in June and saw great water falls unbelievable view at the top of the falls.

1 year ago

2 years ago

My friends and I had a great time on this hike! We wanted a moderately challenging hike and this one delivered. Unfortunately the waterfall on the actual hike dried up, but if you go left at the trailhead there is a short walk to another fall that we did on the way back.

Great views along the way.
PS follow the directions that the previous reviewer gave! The trailhead is not where the app says.

3 years ago

I thought this was a great trail in the valley. Beautiful drive out, not very far from the town but quickly out in the wilderness. The climb up out of the valley is significant, but over a long enough distance that it is never strenuous. The 6 and 8 year old girls we had with us handled it just fine! And the highlight is definitely the waterfall. About a mile in the path actually crosses the waterfall and you have to take your shoes off (at least at this time of year) to cross. Everyone had a great time and enjoyed the sun, the views and the waterfall!

Oh, and since the trailhead is not quite where this site lists it, below are the directions I used:

Turn off 50 to go 3.25 miles south on S Upper Truckee to where it curves left to bridge the Upper Truckee river (if you cross the bridge, you have gone too far). Immediately before the bridge, turn right on road 1110 and take short spur past Bridge Tract homes almost to its end. Find parking space for 2-3 vehicles about 50 yards before the end. Trailhead is just ahead.