Hike to Cascade Falls, El Dorado National Forest

Bayview Trailhead, South Lake Tahoe, California, United States

  • Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Loop

  • RT Distance:

    2 Miles

Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Lake
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildlife

This is a short little hike to get out and capture stunning views of the lake and the falls. If you head out at night, you are rewarded with a fantastic night view of the falls, Cascade Lake and Lake Tahoe. 

Starting out at the Bayview Trailhead you will make your way out through the campground towards the trail. Once you find the trail it is a simple way to the falls. It starts out as a wide trail and winds through the pine and fir trees. You will come to some stone steps as the trail narrows for the next 3/4 of a mile to the falls. The trail makes its way along the hillside of Cascade Lake with views of the lake, Lake Tahoe and the falls. Once you reach a couple cairns you will know you are near the falls. You will be able to hear the water as it moves along. (During the spring and early summer months the falls are raging pretty heavily and calm down over the later months and into winter.) Once at the falls find a great location and shoot away after lining up your shot and getting your settings right. 

Pack List

  • Hiking shoes
  • Pants/sweats
  • Hoodie/puffy
  • Water/snacks/beverages
  • Dslr camera
  • Tripod
  • Creative mind
  • Headlamp/flashlight
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From the trailhead it's about a 35 minute hike (up and over some boulders) to the falls. The majority of the hike is shaded, and provides beautiful views along the way. At the falls you can explore several shallow pools or just relax on a nice rock and soak in the amazing view of the lake!! Hands down one of my favorite hikes in Lake Tahoe!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

This is a great place to go and hang out. The water is a bit cold but the view is absolutely breathtaking. There were too many waterfalls to count and the granite rocks were beautiful. The jumping was also very fun but a little thought to get to. You have to walk through thick brush to get to the rocks.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

The trailhead is located in the Bayview Campgrounds across from Inspiration Point. Parking can be difficult with those trying to access Inspiration Point. It's an easy but the trail gets pretty rocky and narrow. I didn't find that a drawback. It actually made the hike more fun.

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

easy and worth the walk

over 4 years ago
over 4 years ago

Brian Walker

Lake Tahoe native exploring everything around the area with my camera in tow, even on my days off! www.brianwalkerphoto.com

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