Spring is waterfall season in South Lake Tahoe, and several hikes will usher you to gushing water.
• Visit Cascade Falls, which, according to the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority, is a good, short hike. From the Bayview Campground, you can walk to a great view of Cascade Lake and the 200-foot waterfall. It’s a moderate, 1.5-mile hike round-trip. To reach Bayview Campground, take Highway 89 north from the Highway 50 intersection in South Lake Tahoe and drive approximately 7 miles.
• Glen Alpine Falls is not as popular and is a bit off the beaten path. The waterfall is located on Fallen Leaf Lake Road – take Highway 89 north for approximately 3 miles from the Highway 50 junction in South Lake Tahoe. Park in the Desolation Wilderness lot. On foot, the trail wends through the forest to the upper falls, which drop 30 feet. The lower falls plummet 60 feet, and are almost at ground level when you exit your car.
• Reaching Upper Eagle Falls entails a short, half-mile round-trip hike. The waterfall is only 25 feet tall. Parking is difficult, because this is a hot spot. You must pay a fee to park in the Eagle Falls picnic area off Highway 89. Lower Eagle Falls gushes down 150 feet. It’s a bit more difficult to access, but still only a moderate, 2-mile round-trip hike. Vikingsholm Castle sits near water level, so beware – the climb back is steep. To visit, take the Emerald Bay/Vikingsholm State Park lot off Highway 89.
– Eren Göknar