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

Great hike. We were headed to campers flat for an over night. We did encounter a mountain lion in the rock field before the creek prior to Middle Velma. We did see a ranger the next day on the way out and he confirmed that there was one in the area. It was a great weekend and recommend this to anyone. Bring water and/or water filter. If your in good condition this is a fun hike if not you may have a time of it. Remember - enjoy the journey.

Easy hike. Great for the kids.

It was a great hike. Took my 8 year old and while it was shorter, the hills made it a great workout. She made it just fine! Beautiful view, go early to avoid crowds.

Did this as a day hike with a stutdy 9 year old and a daypack from Eagle Falls starting at 8am in mid July. Steady climb for about 2 miles with great landscapes. As you descend towards the Velma lakes the trail crosses a stream, which I could imagine being easy to miss or inaccessible with higher flows. The trail gets within 200-300 yds of Middle Velma, you have to scramble through boulders to get to the shore which isnt too tough. Tried to fly fish the lake in a few spots but saw nothing. Heard the park service is clearing fish from these lakes to restore Yellow Legged Frogs, fwiw. Bring insect repellant. Passed many backpackers who had overnighted at Dicks, Fontanellis and elsewhere.

Easy, lovely trail. Views of the lake and once you reach the falls you can get right up to them. Plenty of space to hang out by the falls and enjoy the views or even picnic.

Last weekend (7/7-7/8) backpacked from the Bayview Trailhead to Middle Velma for the night. Great hike! Definitely a steep incline going up, but beautiful views and flowers along the way. Be sure to stop at the lookout halfway up the initial incline for a stunning view of Emerald Bay. We took a detour to Dick’s Lake (not on this map), then continued on to Middle Velma to camp. Once we got to Middle Velma, we had a beautiful view, great swimming, and a warm evening. Bugs didn’t come out until sunset. Beautiful hike back down— recommend poles. Definitely a great weekend trip!

This trail is excellent.. We are not expert hikers neither do we hike often but it very doable. It starts off with a climb up so don’t take off at great speed pace yourself.. My husband has a bad knee but was able to do the whole hike., he did wear a strap. The views are wonderful. It was a Friday morning we started off at 10.30am got to Emerald bay for lunch walked up to Eagle Falls just behind the beach and we returned back to DLBliss at 5.30 pm after a short stop to dip our feet in the lake. I would highly recommend this hike....it is arduous and probably longer than I anticipated when we set out but so worth it. A great day.

this is not a trail for every one

9 days ago

This was a great first trip of the year!! We hiked all the way to Hidden Lake, more peeps at lower lakes. The wind was crazy a couple nites, but it kept the relentless mosquitoes away. As we hiked out on the 6th we passed at least 30+ peeps hiking up. We did pass several dogs OFF leash and a couple on leash. Great family hike, backpacking trip

Lovely early summer hike up a rocky steppe and along a rushing mountain stream, capped by a beautiful waterfall.

So awesome and surprisingly beautiful

I came from the PCT heading north to Bayview Trail just past Upper Velma Lake... I assumed It was going to be an easy way to get back to a Parking area where I could take the Trolley back into town. I was completely Wrong!! The scenery is absolutely beautiful, so i hope this review helps.. I thought the trail would be well marked and a bit easier than it was... Once I began to take the trail I couldn't believe how hard it was to follow. After a long day of hiking this was away more challenging exit point than I wanted. I lost the trail a few times and then luckily picked it up again. My phone GPS didn't work here. Thank goodness I had my poles to cross the river. I assumed all of this trail would be clearly marked aka a more Tahoe family friendly route. I left the bayview trail to Eagle Lake trail where there is a posted sign, but if I had wanted to follow the bayview trail all the way down...I am not sure were I would of even gone at that point. Make sure you have a good understanding of the trail before you leave your start point. Happy Hiking!

Love all of the beautiful views on this trail!

14 days ago

We enjoyed the walk and the amazing views.
A bit rocky at times, walking sticks are very helpful.

Great moderate 2.5-3hr hike, the lake was full and lillies were in bloom! Be sure to go to the very end as there is a beautiful open field of flowers leading to the lake.

18 days ago

Nice hike with some great views and plenty of places to pull off and enjoy. Lots of people if you get there anytime after 8-9am. Couldn't make it all the way, as there was still snow on the trail. Parking at the trailhead or along the road.

Just hiked 5 miles round trip and loved the wild flowers and wild life (coyotes, butterflies, dragonflies). We were going to complete the loop but had to turn around 2.5 miles in because of a large body of water that we couldn’t cross due to inadequate footwear and the prevalence of mosquitoes. Gorgeous seasonal creeks, scattered run- down dwellings made this hike a pleasure to hike with our 4 year old. Plenty of shades and majestic redwoods.

Loved this trail! Took the Lighthouse Trail to start which is the steeper way. You can access the Rubicon from the lighthouse parking area. Gorgeous views! Great way to really get a sense of the area. Do not believe the signs that say parking is full. You can park in the lighthouse area most likely.

A beautiful trail. Great views of the falls along the trails. We sat in the shade by the creek for a light snack. It was wonderful and invigorating.

Stunning views. Initially the rating said “easy” until we put in GPS, then it rated “moderate”.....more accurate. You are hiking up a mountain over boulders and rocks. The Falls are beautiful and it is worth the hike. Wear good hiking shoes and drink water.

short hike in after you pass small camp grounds you will see trails signs. Trail is easy to follow/ marked. Rocky, but not slipper in summer time. Views are absolutely breath taking. You can get in water and rocks in water are not extremely slippery either. LOTS of bugs!!! Wear spray!!! I had some service at Falls too for recording live feed.

23 days ago

Fairly easy and short hike with beautiful views of Cascade Lakes and exploring alongside Cascade Falls. Rocky sections but manageable - some narrow sections.

The view is amazing and not a hard hike at all

A fantastic Kid friendly hike! Like most hikes, wear appropriate foot wear. Our 7 and 9 year old had a great time and were able to vear off the trail a little to enjoy the area. There are some areas where you will need to use your hands a little, nothing major. Pack a lunch to relax at the falls area. Its beautiful!

Wouldn't say it's an easy trail as while quite short (1.4m/2.2km roundtrip) almost all of it is rocks and boulders. Don't wear flipflops. The views are breathtaking, a must-do/see

The views are amazing, and it isn't a long hike, but who ever called climbing the boulders in the path an easy hike... Some people aren't that tall!

1 month ago

Beautiful trail; just watch where you step

mountain biking
1 month ago

Easy loop trail. Wide, flat road. Watch for bears in this area.

Beautiful views, but not for the person with bad knees

This is one of the best short hikes in the Tahoe area. Big Bang for small amount of effort. Amazing views. We went later in the early evening and had it all to ourselves. Great views as sun fades in the west and colors hills with a red hue.

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