I love that we live in a place with such a vast variety of hiking trails and things to do. I am huge on a hike that can give me spectacular views of a waterfall. However, there are times as a mom of an infant that I am looking for something that does not take too long and is not too strenuous but still gets us outside.
My favorite short hike has to be Cascade Lake and falls, a two-mile total hike with only 200 feet in vertical. The trail starts off as a wide dirt path then begins to narrow and become a bit rocky, so make sure you watch your step. I can carry my daughter in her wrap the whole way, but with the 13 pounds added to my front side, it was a bit difficult at times. We stop once we get to the falls for a while to enjoy the sound of the rushing water and gaze upon Cascade Lake and Lake Tahoe which is right behind it. Cascade Lake is home to about four private residences which have a special access gate and they all get the view of Cascade Falls. The falls itself is 65+ feet and flows over boulders and dark rocks which really makes the waterfall stand out from miles away…I would love to live here, it’s like your own private mountain paradise, where you have a waterfall to look at from your backyard!
Here are a couple of shots of the falls.
To get here, drive along Highway 89 towards Emerald Bay, if coming from South Lake it’s before Emerald Bay and if coming from west shore it’s after. You can park at the Bayview campground which is a first come first serve campground and find parking, you’ll see a trail map and a sign with an arrow pointing towards the direction you need to go. Right now is perfect for seeing waterfalls due to the melting snow and it is even better because it’s not too crowded yet. In the summer time it does get very busy and parking is limited.
I hope you all find some adventure this weekend, and please let me know if you think I would enjoy any other hikes like this?