Cascade Falls is a relatively unknown part of Lake Tahoe’s backcountry and well worth the short twenty minute hike from the Bay View Campground at Emerald Bay. The views are breathtaking and the sound of the water is overpowering.
The trail is easy and somewhat flat.
When you reach the top of the falls, granite dominates and the views are fabulous.
During early spring, the falls are flowing beyond the banks and difficult to cross.
A link to a YouTube video is below. If you have a moment, take a peek and listen to the sound of the water cascading over the granite into the lake. Eventually, this water rests in Lake Tahoe, travels down the Truckee River out of Tahoe City, and ends the journey at Pyramid Lake just outside of Reno.
Cascade Lake sits beside Lake Tahoe’s Emerald Bay.
Trailheads leave from Emerald Bay and lead to Cascade Falls and three high country lakes, Snow Lake, Azure, and Kalmia. Good fishing. Trails are not well worn or marked and you can usually count on making camp by early afternoon. A topo is highly recommended even if you’ve been there before.
After more snow melts and the streams and waterfalls subside, I will post more. This is one of my favorite hikes around Tahoe but it’s just a little early. We’re still skiing!