The days are getting longer and the air is getting warmer. The snow is practically gone, but it’s not quite warm enough for summer activities. It’s the perfect time of year for hiking, especially when the hiking revolves around waterfalls. Below are a few hikes to keep in mind.
1. Horsetail Falls
This hike is off of Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe, near Sierra, the ski resort. You have to start by venturing over a solid rock section, with no trail in sight. Eventually you will find the trail, which starts in a forested area. Once you pass the forested area you will begin to climb beside the waterfall on the rocky face, making the entire hike very scenic. There is an alpine lake at the top that is very cold, and there are beautiful views to be had. The hike was pretty long, several hours if I remember correctly, and the waterfall actually continued as far as the eye could see. It requires some endurance. Make sure to bring a lot of food and water, and leave early. Some day I would like to hike all the way up to its original source.
2. Eagle Falls
This hike is a short piece of cake. I don’t recall it being much over a mile and the trail is relatively flat and well maintained. Therefore it feels pretty touristy in comparison to other hikes. The views of Emerald Bay and the waterfall are spectacular. The views make it very worthy of your bucket list. The video below begins with shots of Eagle Falls and Horsetail Falls makes an appearance at 1:04.
3. Shirley Canyon
I haven’t done this hike but it’s on my list. Apparently you can hike up Shirley Canyon at Squaw Valley to Shirley Lake. I’ve been told it’s beautiful and full of waterfalls. I don’t believe their is an official trail and therefore you should be ready for an adventure if you pursue this hike. Stay close to the creek so you don’t get lost. Squaw Valley’s website describes the hike as “a great half day hike through a mountain canyon that passes by waterfalls and spectacular granite boulders.” Apparently there are some steep sections and therefore this is probably not a “beginner” hike.
I’m sure there many more beautiful hikes with waterfalls near Lake Tahoe. Are there any you would recommend to me? Leave me a comment and let me know!