8 Best Hiking Trails near South Lake Tahoe

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Cascade Falls Trail

Cascade Falls Trail

The short hike to Cascade Falls is the perfect trail for many reasons. The mountainside path is scenic the entire way, the falls are stunning, and the view over Cascade Lake to Lake Tahoe in behind is quite possibly the highlight. The towering mountain behind the falls gives the trail a sense of remoteness. But this is only a two-mile round-trip hike with very little elevation gain, and it’s not overwhelming for children and families.

The trail takes you right up to the edge of the falls, but the surrounding area is mostly smooth, exposed rock, perfect for exploring or enjoying a picnic lunch. The trailhead is located at the back of the Bayview Campground, off Highway 89, about eight miles north of South Lake Tahoe. The campground is across the road from Inspiration Point.

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