This hike is about 25 minutes up hwy 50 from South Tahoe. Apparently if you hike all the way to the top of the falls it takes 4+ hours and there is a small lake up there that is feeding the falls. We hiked up to the point where we could see it totally cascading down the granite mountains. About 1 1/2 hours up. It was a great hike. Plenty hot during the day, but lots of water to cool off in. A majority of the hike is within 100 feet of the river/falls coming down. There were lots of places to get in and play in the water. There is one amazing cascading waterfall to stop and play in. The water comes rushing down this a wide sloping area and it was so beautiful. This area of the hike was only about 1/4 to 1/2 miles up the trail. Not bad if that’s as far as you want to go, plus you still get plenty of chances to view the big falls coming over the mountain. The only bummer on this hike for us was that my 13 year old, who was leading us back down the mountain, nearly stepped on a rattlesnake that was slithering across the trail. I know we are in their lands, and are pretty much all over these mountain that we all play in, but we sure didn’t want to see one. It totally FREAKED her out (rightfully so) and she was an anxiety mess for about the next 3 days.
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