Top Trails Lake Tahoe
by Mike White (Wilderness Press)
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This is my favorite hiking trail. I have been doing this hike, all the way to the top, every few years since I was about 10. Be carefull climbing to the top, and avoid to pool the main fall drops into. It looks like a simple climb down, but the rocks can be slippery and it's a LONG way down. The view from the top is great and there is lots of exploring and further hiking you can do from the top.
Beautiful easy hike for the most part. Lots of glacial granite to play on; the kids will love it but falling on the granite is unforgiving so bring some first aid material. (Best thing for scrapes is just water and fresh air.)
There are a couple water holes you can play in DEPENDING ON THE FLOW. When I was up there in July 2008 it was moving pretty good and the swimming holes can become a bit of work. Just be skilled at swimming and you should be fine.
About 3/4 up the western side of the falls the climbing becomes a little "free-hand" technical. I've seen 8 year olds scale to the top. Be smart though.
Its also a great very short hike to just take a lunch and sit by the creek
The weather was perfect and the falls were beautiful. The only problem that I encountered was that the trail was not very well marked, so you kind of had to find a safe route through trial and error. It was a weekend so it was pretty crowded after about 10:30 at least near the bottom of the trail.
The trial is very easy, unless you hike to the top of the falls, then it's basically on granite and straight up in some places and a little slippery too.
I would hike it again. It was a lot of fun.
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