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Hawley Grade Trail is a 4.2 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, 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.

Length 4.2 mi Elevation gain 836 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Horseback riding Mountain biking Running Forest Views Waterfall Snow Washed out
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Lo Bee
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Mountain biking

Biked it, gnarly downhill and then the uphill absolutely kicked our asses.

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Chris Chandler
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Mountain biking

Tougher more technical downhill

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Angie Rodriguez
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Hiking

inspiring, thrilling, scenic

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Billy King
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HikingGreat!

great shaded easy to moderate trail with great views and a super awesome grotto swimming hole.

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Stan Schultz
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Hiking

My wife and I in our mid fifties and in mildly good shape. I think it’s fair to call the a moderate trail. We found it to be challenging but really liked it.

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Eric Clendenin
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Hiking

We ventured off trail a bit to follow the river but we hiked most of Hawley Grade. Beautiful trail. Has several beautiful over looks on the river. Great waterfall at mid point. Ends a great eddy that has large stones for relaxing and a smaller waterfall.

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Jessica Bonham
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Audrey Dyte
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HikingBugsMuddy

It was just boring

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David Hyder
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HikingOff trailRockyScramble
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Dalene Nannini
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Hiking

Uphill on the way back is a great workout. Waterfall was about the halfway point!

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Amy Wittmeyer
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Hiking

Nice little hike. Be prepared for a climb on the way back up. Exposed rocky areas are common, so just watch for rattlers; I didn't see any but they were probably around. The waterfall crossing is perfectly do-able as long as you're careful where you put your feet.

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Alex Kemmeling
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Hiking

Very well maintained trail. Not much parking available. Beautiful views for a not too difficult trail. The waterfall was a bit too strong for us to cross with our dogs, but if you could make it through and dry off, you could press on further.

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Christopher Murphy
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Hiking

Great trail. Can be difficult to cross the waterfall in the springtime.

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Jim Dana
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Hiking

Hiked 11-08-19

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Dan Sinnreich
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Hiking

Moderate to difficult trail along the south fork of the Upper Truckee river. To a great waterfall and view.

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Misti Ranck
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Hiking

Trail head was kind of hard to find, steep in places. We were the only ones on the trail so the hike was peaceful. We hiked to the first waterfall and turned around. You can hear traffic from the highway for the entire hike.

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Brian Charles
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Hiking

was a decent hike. my wife and I made it halfway and turned back at the waterfall you have to cross in order to continue the rest of the way. beautiful views of Lake Tahoe in the distance and the other side of the ravine.

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Chelsie Wagar
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Hiking

Went out there on 6/30 and it was absolutely gorgeous. The falls were still flowing pretty good and didn’t fully feel comfortable crossing it, but other people were able to. Will definitely be going back to finish it out.

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bruce bockwoldt
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HikingMuddySnow

Nice trail. Well maintained. Lots of water and a bit of snow. Could not get past the falls so we didn't get to enjoy the view from the summit. Will go back. Probably a good hike on a hot day as it is very well forested. Checked around at the beaver ponds near the trailhead but didn't see any beavers, just lots of evidence like dams and cut trees.

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Richard Tiras
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Hiking

Nice hike up but could not cross the falls in May. Views would of been spectacular i al sure

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Marie Chrisman
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Great waterfall and beautiful views of South Lake Tahoe!

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Su Giang
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Hiking

Gorgeous waterfall but got lost on the way back, went off trail and got lyme. My fault for getting lost and not backtracking immediately. Still recommend the trail though! Majestic mountainside trail n waterfall.

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Justin Lagge
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Hiking

Short hike, not bad on return trip up hill. It looks steep on the map but the side hill really makes it easy. Trail is well traveled.

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Jeff Buchanan
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Easy hike down to falls. hike back up was enough grade to get your heart going. but overall a easy hike. Falls were awesome!

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

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Genevieve Sirusaite
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Running

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

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