Explore the most popular waterfall trails near South Lake Tahoe with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Amazing trail

hiking
3 days ago

Beautiful Hike. My 10year old daughter Ella loved it. She walked around in the lake.

hiking
6 days ago

Nice hike with beautiful views! I’m decently fit in my mid-20s and found this hike to be on the easier end of moderate. We started the hike at Vikingsholm and did an out and back to the end of the trail. The hardest part of the trek is the walk up the Vikingsholm access trail. Emerald Bay is easily accessible off trail and made for a refreshing dip at the end of the hike!

A perfect hike with popsicles at the end! We started up at the day parking area near the campgrounds. Loved the varying terrain and vegetation. Absolutely gorgeous views of Emerald Bay. It was warm so we stopped to swim on the way down and back up from Vikingsholm. We saw at least four Osprey nests throughout the hike as well.
And for the bonus round...once we got down to the Vikingsholm park center they had snacks and popsicles for sale! Sweet. After our snacks we took the extra .2 mile hop up to see Lower Eagle Falls, do not miss it!

hiking
9 days ago

Eagle lake at the top is worth the hike. Water is crystal clear. You can swim in the lake.

hiking
10 days ago

Great hike. Lots of interval climbing, super fun...super exhausting.

walking
10 days ago

Beautiful trail, lots of open areas and not much shade.
One lane road getting to and from so drive slowly for cars and boats coming opposite direction. Good size parking lot that still fills up. I parked on side of road about 0.3 mile out. First quarter mile or so of trail was a lot of seeded rocks on the trail, unavoidable. You have to pay attention to where you step.
A couple of spots had forks in the trail with no clear indication of where to go to stay on the trail. I couldn’t get GPS for Alltrails app so I just followed fellow hikers’ decisions.

Started from echo lakes, past lake aloha, up mosquito pass and over to lake Clyde. Stayed the night here and it was gorgeous, no one around. FYI a few trees have fallen, blocking the trail down to the lake, but you can walk over them. Bring bug spray!! It was really bad down at the lake.

hiking
13 days ago

Loved the hike! My 4 year old and 8 year old girls geeked the entire path without a complaint and LOVED getting in the Lake when we got there!

hiking
14 days ago

Vues magnifiques sur le lac Tahoe. Plages le long du chemin pour se baigner.

Gorgeous for a short walk to hang out at the water’s edge but not a good loop trip hike and not moderate (you have to climb huge boulders at one point and traverse a waterfall in another). If you want great views of the lake, do the difficult and shorter Tallahassee trail. The trail is not well marked as others mention so download the map ahead of time. About 1/3 is on paved roads, you have to walk on private property and walk through a camp (although they didn’t seem to mind).

Pros: gorgeous views & a nice public beach for lunch 1/2 way through

Cons: trail not well marked, some difficult and steep areas & not a trail for over 1-2 the way

hiking
19 days ago

This was a great hike. The spectacular lake view at the end is worth every step. The hike had views around every corner and after the falls the number of people dropped off dramatically. The large trees along the path keeps you in shade for most of the trip.

So worth the time! Hike to the lake was a little tough for us since we are sea level folks and the altitude made breathing harder on the climb up. But WOW! The lake is gorgeous. Amazing view of Lake Tahoe down below and the falls leading to it.

Bring water and a camera! What a great hike! We carried our baby and our 3 year old trekked the entire hike. I recommend wearing proper shoes just to better enjoy your hike. Lots of rocks and our Nike wearers easily slipped several times. We had a great time! Even our niece and nephew who aren’t very patient with outdoors loved it.

Super fun hike. Hit the waterfall first and then a few of the buildings from the old resort. We found more spots to check out the river and swim as we went up. Good times.

A large portion of this is paved road. It was good exercise walking around the lake but that's about it.

hiked with my dog june 21 18. weather was perfect, lake was beautiful.

hiking
27 days ago

Took the dogs today for a short hike. Thus was a beautiful hike. Started early at 9 to beat the crowds. The waterfalls were great and the lake was crystal clear. The only bummer was not much space to sit at lake and enjoy it. On the way out around 11 there were people everywhere.

One of my all time favorite Tahoe hikes. Perfect for a little off boat excursion, and dont forget to jump off round rock.

hiking
28 days ago

Fairly easy hike through the rocks. Mostly stairs. Eagle lake is refreshing.

28 days ago

long trail. beautiful views of lake. highly recommend.

The trail to Eagle Falls is pretty easy, kids were hiking with their parents. Once you get to the water falls, which is gorgeous, there is a big beach area with breathtaking views of the lake! The hike back is moderate, due to going up hill a bit. But it’s not to long...worth it!!

hiking
30 days ago

Hiked this today. Many opportunities for beautiful pics. Hike was pretty easy, just long. Not too many people on the trail which was great. Weather was perfect and trail was easy to find thanks to this All Trails App. Would do this hike again.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful view for a 4 mile pretty moderate level hike. Goes in a big loop, this way there is a different view coming back down the mountain. While we went there was a deceased horse on one of the trails that they warn you about on the message board before the trails begin. Be careful if you’re sensitive to that kind of stuff. They will probably let nature take its course for a while before they can get it out of there. Otherwise, highly recommend the hike.

off road driving
1 month ago

The Rubicon Trail is a 22-mile-long route, part road and part 4x4 trail, located in the Sierra Nevada of the western United States, due west of Lake Tahoe and about 80 miles (130 km) east of Sacramento.

The western maintained portion of the route is called the Wentworth Springs Road; it begins in Georgetown, California, a hamlet in California's Gold Country. The road continues from its intersection with State Route 193 toward Wentworth Springs, where the trailhead for the unmaintained portion of the route exists adjacent to Loon Lake. The trail portion of the route is about 12 miles (19 km) long and passes in part through the El Dorado National Forest as well as the Tahoe National Forest and the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. The eastern maintained portion of the trail is called the McKinney Rubicon Springs Road, and leads to Lake Tahoe.

walking
1 month ago

Awesome long walk along the water with small waterfalls, and a walk around Emerald Bay. Nice that you can decide to turn back whenever you want

hiking
1 month ago

This is a great trail. I've been doing it for many years. It's also fun when covered in snow. In the summer, eagle lake makes for a great spot to stop and take a swim. It's really just the gateway to all the other trails in desolation wilderness.
Instead of doing an out and back, you can head towards Bayview and make it a full loop. Keep in mind that if you park near Eagle falls trailhead and you exit at Bayview, you will need to walk along 89 back to your car. It's pretty safe, but I'd recommend walking on the east side of the road (with traffic) to avoid all the potential falling rock on the west side.

Beautiful views!!!

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike to get to the bridge with the falls, after that you have to climb a bit to get to Eagle Lake. Nothing terrible and there are several spots that you can hang out on the side if you need to catch your breath or snap some photos. Make sure you bring $5 to pay for the parking at the bottom or have a friend drop you off and pick you up. You could even take the trolley if it is running.

hiking
1 month ago

You can’t beat the lake views. We just finished this trail (a little over 12m round trip per our FitBits). We wanted to take pictures every 5 minutes. It ended up taking us about 4.5 hours. The trail was mostly easy to follow. It gets a little confusing through the campgrounds and in the waterfall area, but just keep going and it connects. There are signs. Because it goes through the D L Bliss state park and campgrounds, you’ll see people throughout your hike. Inclines and declines were moderate. You get a break with flat areas throughout. Lots of shade provided by the trees. Perfect hike for our 1 day in this area.

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