The Best Lake Tahoe Waterfall Hikes That Will Amaze You

Among all of the great ways to explore our area, outdoor recreation is the most awe-inspiring. Our area boasts mountains and crystal clear waters. Here, you have the best of both worlds. Lake Tahoe waterfall hikes perfectly blend land and water adventure. While we have an abundance of properties located across North Lake Tahoe, venture out to other nearby areas when you embark on a waterfall hike. Discover more of what Lake Tahoe has to offer when you access our complimentary Vacation Guide! It’s full of local knowledge and recommendations so that you can hit all the secret spots and experience Lake Tahoe as the locals do. 

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You Need to Embark on These North Lake Tahoe Waterfall Hikes

Desolation Wilderness

The Desolation Wilderness is a popular spot for all things outdoor recreation. This 12.5 by 8-mile wilderness area boasts miles of hiking trails, summits, and some amazing  Lake Tahoe waterfalls. Three of 10 must-see waterfall hikes are located within the forest. Eagle Falls, Fontanilis Falls, and Cascade Falls are all excellent options for waterfall hikes in Lake Tahoe! Read on to find out more about each of these wonderful adventures. Before you visit, be sure to obtain a day permit from Eldorado National Forest or the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.

Eagle Falls

Eagle Falls is one of the most popular trailheads in the Tahoe Basin. This is due in part to its incredible views as well as its undemanding terrain. Even beginner outdoorsman will enjoy hiking this trail! Here, you can customize your own adventure by choosing either the upper or lower trailhead, which measures 40 feet and 170 feet, respectively. Both of these options flow into the Desolation Wilderness where you’ll find Eagle Lake. 

Fontanilis Falls 

Once you mastered the Eagle Falls trailhead, venture even deeper into the Desolation Wilderness to find Fontanilis Falls. This trailhead is a bit more challenging. Locals are expert hikers recommend bringing plenty of water and nutrient-rich snacks. You’ll soon forget about your trek once you reach your final destination at the falls. Gaze in awe as water barrels down the staggered rocks, creating peaceful sound and incredible views. 

Cascade Falls

Last, but not least, Cascade Falls in another option for waterfall hikes in Lake Tahoe. This trail reaps the best reward for minimum effort. Simply head out on a one-mile hike and arrive at the top of these 200-foot high falls. This is the perfect spot to show off your photography skills! Then, print the photos to commemorate your unforgettable getaway.  

Emerald Bay State Park 

Emerald Bay State Park is another great option for waterfall hikes in Lake Tahoe. This state park has four trails, including Lower Eagle Falls! Once you’ve explored the falls, delight in all the rest there is to do here like the Maritime Heritage Underwater Trail

Retreat to Your Rental With Tahoe Moon Properties

Stay near all of the best Lake Tahoe waterfall hikes when you book a stay in one of Tahoe Moon’s rental properties. Consider bringing your four-legged family member on your getaway, as we have many dog-friendly rental options and leashed pets are welcome at the Desolation Wilderness. 

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