Lake Tahoe Hiking Trails for the Casual Hiker

Tahoe 2018 Emerald Bay Hike trails

I love to go hiking but I would not categorize myself as a “hiker.” I like trails with a mild incline, shade, pretty views, and something more strenuous than just a walk outside. Doesn’t everyone? We spent a weekend in Lake Tahoe and tried a different hike each morning. These trails, Eagle Lake & Cascade, came pretty close to my description. Along the trails, we saw many families with small children and lots of people with dogs ranging from all sizes. Almost anyone can enjoy these moderate hikes!

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EAGLE LAKE TRAILS

Distance: 1.8 miles (round trip)

Elevation Gain: 433 feet

Time: 2 hours if you want some time to explore around the lake or even jump in for a swim!

Parking: There is a very small parking lot off the trailhead but it fills up quickly! You’re better off parking along the road as soon as you see the sign. Try to get there before 10a for a good spot!

Tahoe 2018 Eagle Lake Hiking Trails

This moderate hike trails from the top road along Emerald Bay through the wilderness to a small lake nestled in the trees. Start at the trailhead and fill out a permit which is just filling out some contact info and holding onto a piece of paper.

Start heading Southwest up the stairs to the bridge and enjoy the waterfall.

Tahoe 2018 Emerald Bay Views

We hiked up to a ridge, hugged some trees, had some fun, and took a few pictures!

Tahoe Eagle Falls - Hiking Trail 2018
Tahoe 2018 Eagle Trails Tree Hugs
Tahoe 2018 Moderate Hike
 Sister, Stand right here. JK, I love my sister!

Sister, Stand right here. JK, I love my sister!

From the ridge, we continued down the trail until we hit a fork in the road and the sign had fallen down. Take a right for the lake, it’s another 5 min downhill.

As we arrived, a group was leaving saying they saw a bear on the opposite side of lake and he jumped in to cool off. They showed us the trail they took so we wandered around the lake and kept our eyes open for the bear across the lake. Unfortunately, we weren’t lucky enough to see the bear but we did have some nice views!

Tahoe 2018 Eagle Lake

We made some friends too!

Tahoe 2018 Bluebird along Eagle Lake
Tahoe 2018 Duck in Eagle Lake

After about 15-20 mins sitting on a rock in the serene lake, we decided to head back.

Tahoe 2018 Hiking - Eagle Lake

Cascade Falls Trail

Distance: 1.4 miles (round trip)

Elevation Gain: 236 Feet

Time: 1.5-2 hours leaving plenty of time to enjoy the falls and the view

Tahoe 2018 Hiking Mystery Machine Car Scooby Doo

Parking: There is a very small parking lot off the trailhead but it fills up quickly! You’re better off parking along the road as soon as you see the sign. Try to get there before 10a for a good spot! Unless you’re the Mystery Machine! ——>

Tahoe 2018 Cascade Lake

We parked fairly close to the spot we did the day before for the Eagle Lake Trail. There was a parking area through the campsite but there were limited spots available so we parked on the side of the road.

Tahoe Cascade Lake Trail

The trail starts fairly easy, walking among the trees on flat ground until you hit the trail along the mountain which is fairly rocky, make sure you watch your step!

Tahoe Cascade Trails

Once you make it through the trail, you’ll find the falls and beautiful views!

Tahoe 2018 Cascade Lake Hiking Trail
Tahoe Cascade Falls 2018

Of course we found more friends!

Tahoe Chipmunks Cascade Lake Hike
Lake Tahoe Cascade Lake Trail - Lizard
Tahoe Chipmunk Cascade Lake Hiking Trail

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