The Lake Besides the Lake
It was a beautiful day and just another Saturday afternoon during the COVID-19 lock down. We decided to take a semi-short drive to the Lake Tahoe area for a short hike. We drove up Highway 89 just past Emerald Bay and parked, on the side of the road, right across from Inspiration Point (Lake Tahoe side), next to Bayview Campground. Bayview Campground access was, of course, closed due to all the COVID-19 madness, but we were still able to walk into the desolate campground. Once inside we walked through the campground until we got to the Cascade Falls/Desolation Trailhead.
We then took the trail to the left that led towards Cascade Falls. The trail started off wide, and then began to narrow as we got to enjoy beautiful views of both Cascade Lake, to our left, and Lake Tahoe. As we kept walking on the rocky dirt trail, we could see Cascade Falls in the distance and hear the sound of the water. Before we knew it, we were there and exploring around the cascading waters.
- Trail is 2 miles round trip starting from the trailhead to the waterfall, not including walk through campground, plus whatever you walk exploring near the waterfall.
- Wear shoes that have good grip. When the trail narrows, you have a cliff off to the left. Lot's of rocks and dirt, and no railing or anything at the waterfall edge. It can get slippery so be careful.
- Go at a time when the falls are not dry, like Springtime.
- No permit needed even though it's considered part of Desolation Wilderness.
- Park near the campground off the side of Highway 89.
Click on my location link and Google maps will open and lead you to the campground where you'll find the trailhead.