Best Creek We Ever Waded In

It's been years and years since I've been passing this spot and never put much attention to it, until this past year. Two hands are not enough to count the amount of times I've/we've been to Lake Tahoe. And it was only until this past year I finally started to notice this spot, off the side of the road on highway 50, on route to Tahoe. It might have something to do with the giant waterfall you see in the distance, pouring down the mountainside as you drive down highway 50, and for some reason it took me about 37 years to take notice of it!

Driving down highway 50 from Lake Tahoe, I noticed there was an actual stop area adjacent to this giant waterfall. So I took note and decided I would look into it. Pyramid Creek Trailhead is what the sign read, and is where we headed this past Sunday. Day use parking is $10, card only-- due to cash theft. Day use permits for hiking in this Desolation Wilderness area are not currently required. So we payed, parked, started our hike, and never made it to the waterfall! 

The Creek along the way caused "many" distractions. The flowing water, the mini waterfalls, and that's pretty much it. But it's beautiful and inviting, and we couldn't help finding a spot and settling into it. We snacked, we waded in the water, we took pictures and breathed in the scenery, with nobody around us. It was perfect! And since we had a late start in the day and wanted to get back to the car before dark, we didn't make it to Horsetail Falls, which was probably not too far from us. But that only means one thing-- we have to come back! 

Helpful Tips:

  • This spot is about an hour away from Sacramento. And only about 25-30 minutes away from Lake Tahoe. 
  • Bring a credit card to pay for $10 day use parking. 
  • There are bathrooms at the Trailhead.
  • Hiking to the falls and back is about 1.5 miles. 
  • The trail is not 100% clear, but there are helpful hiking signs on the trees to help you find your way. Also, the Creek is always to your right to help guide you along. 
  • Wear shoes with grip for the granite rocks. 
  • Practice caution- I've heard there have been fatalities at these falls. 
  • Always bring water and snacks.
  • Always remember to pack all your garbage out.  
  • Enjoy nature. πŸ™‚
Signs to guide you along the way. 

How To Get There:
  • Click the location link below and it will give you directions through Google map. If you want to type it into maps- type in: Pyramid Creek Trailhead.


  1. Great Post Jennifer, You are making me want/need to take a trip up to the Tahoe Area. There are so many places I need to check out up there. Keep up the great work.

    1. Thank you so much! πŸ™πŸΌ And you should! There's always so many good spots to see in Tahoe! πŸ€—

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