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Cool Falls in Winter

The lower falls is a short walk.A lot of snow and ice to maneuver around to see the falls.The water... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Modesto, California
beautiful hike

Was there at the end of the summer so the water flow was low but it is a beautiful area, nice hike... read more

Reviewed 25 November 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The lower falls is a short walk.A lot of snow and ice to maneuver around to see the falls.The water was flowing under ice mostly but the parts you could see were amazing. Also the view of Emerald bay in the backdrop also was breathtaking.I...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 25 November 2018

Was there at the end of the summer so the water flow was low but it is a beautiful area, nice hike, and the biggest problem in the summer is parking. Get there early.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank staceyjk
Reviewed 15 November 2018

Must see if you are in this area, unbelievable views, nature and beautiful trails, the sound of the water is the best.The weather in the summer is incredible, perfect place to bring family and do picnic or camping

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank belkyss2017
Reviewed 30 October 2018

Enjoyed the hike, but still would recommend Van Sickly over this one. This trail was a bit more challenging due to all the rock steps going up, but once you got to the viewing areas, Emerald Bay was remarkable. We went on a Saturday and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank Gary333888
Reviewed 18 October 2018

A fairly easy trail through large sugar pines to an overlook for the falls. A very pleasant walk in the woods!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Hikrbabe
Reviewed 22 September 2018

Due to heart issues the Tahoe area elevation proved to be a challenge for my cardio capacity, so we focused on easy to moderate hikes of relatively short distances. This turned out to be a decent trail. My wife was fine but I found it...More

Date of experience: August 2018
6  Thank twm50
Reviewed 17 September 2018

Beautiful view, It is definitely worth the trip and short hike, These memories and pictures last a lifetime!

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank 893carriew
Reviewed 12 September 2018 via mobile

Wrong time to go to the waterfall. It was more like a stream. The hike was not bad, but really not worth the time. I believe it’s better to go in like April.

Date of experience: September 2018
4  Thank msb16
Reviewed 11 September 2018

I showed up early in the morning about 6:30 a.m. to capture the magnificent sunrise and to assure free parking. If you don't show up early you will have a hard time finding parking or no parking at all. If you have never been to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank F7050NArichardr
Reviewed 28 August 2018

We went to both the lower falls and the higher falls. Both were beautiful and clean. The trail is both kid and dog friendly but make sure you take water for the hike.

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank Leah C
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2 December 2018|
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Response from F7050NArichardr | Reviewed this property |
Most of the time in January it will be cold and many times the road to Eagle falls will be closed due to avalanche controls. If you are not experienced in being in snowy conditions with the the right clothing I would not... More
31 May 2018|
Response from jv50 | Reviewed this property |
I honestly can't answer that. We were taken by a photographer in their vehicle and I honestly was too busy looking at the scenery and sights to actually pay attention to how long it took. I can tell you that trekking to the... More
22 April 2018|
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Response from romanpiekosz | Reviewed this property |
It's about 30 minutes of walk from parking lot to the beach near the Viking's House. No need to be a hiker. Then you can walk for another 15 minutes and you are by the falls. During the winter watch for icy... More