Best Hikes Near Reno and Lake Tahoe
by Tracy Salcedo-Chourre (Falcon Guides)
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I've done this hike several times and never get bored with it as its close to home. Never do this hike just after a rain or snow as it can be very muddy and or slippery. I usually wait four or five days of dry weather before hiking it. At the start there are a couple ways to get started from the trail head. Either find the new bridge at the diversion dam upstream about a hundred yards or go down stream to the diversion dam about a hundred yards round trip. The mud can be up to your heels or deeper on the trail after a rain. There can be ice close tot eh falls that hasn't melted yet in the spring. Crampons help. Just before getting to the falls you need to pass over hunter creek to the observation area. There has been a couple ways to do this with a bunch of small logs to cross on and currently there is a huge log to walk over. I've fallen off of both and got wet. One time in January. I'm 71 and don't consider this a hard trail to do. It gradually climbs the whole way. Its a great trail to do early in the morning during the summer before the heat.
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