Best waterfalls in Lake Tahoe

Check out the top waterfalls in Lake Tahoe, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. Fallen Leaf Lake
1. Fallen Leaf Lake
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58 local reviews
Fallen Leaf Lake, South Lake Tahoe
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Gerry & Phil
Just finally went here last year to see the waterfall. WOW. Long drive to get there and you finally park and…
Aria
Fallen Leaf has anything you're looking for, great views, a beach, hiking trails, and at the far end of fallen…
Emer & Shane
Fallen Leaf has anything you're looking for, great views, a beach, hiking trails, and at the far end of fallen…
1. Fallen Leaf Lake
1. Fallen Leaf Lake
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58 local reviews
Fallen Leaf Lake, South Lake Tahoe
Gerry & Phil
Gerry & Phil
Just finally went here last year to see the waterfall. WOW. Long drive to get there and you finally park and walk a short path and bam..…
Aria
Aria
Fallen Leaf has anything you're looking for, great views, a beach, hiking trails, and at the far end of fallen leaf lake you can find a…
Emer & Shane
Emer & Shane
Fallen Leaf has anything you're looking for, great views, a beach, hiking trails, and at the far end of fallen leaf lake you can find a…
2. Emerald Bay State Park
2. Emerald Bay State Park
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208 local reviews
138 Emerald Bay Rd, South Lake Tahoe
Closed · Opens 7:00 AM
+1 530-541-3030
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Kevin
If you have a chance to take drive around the lake and see the iconic Emerald bay you won't be sorry! This is…
Jeremy
Emerald Bay is a must see! It's just 1 hr and 30 minutes away. Won't feel like much when you're driving around…
Taylor
This is what Tahoe is known for! In the summer and depending on snow conditions in the winter, you can drive…
2. Emerald Bay State Park
2. Emerald Bay State Park
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208 local reviews
138 Emerald Bay Rd, South Lake Tahoe
Closed · Opens 7:00 AM
+1 530-541-3030
Kevin
Kevin
If you have a chance to take drive around the lake and see the iconic Emerald bay you won't be sorry! This is one of the most photographed…
Jeremy
Jeremy
Emerald Bay is a must see! It's just 1 hr and 30 minutes away. Won't feel like much when you're driving around beautiful Lake Tahoe. Take a…
Taylor
Taylor
This is what Tahoe is known for! In the summer and depending on snow conditions in the winter, you can drive here. You can just take in the…
3. Van Sickle Bi-State Park
3. Van Sickle Bi-State Park
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17 local reviews
30 Lake Pkwy, South Lake Tahoe
Closed · Opens 6:00 AM
+1 530-542-5580
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Kristen
Just steps from the house is the entrance to Van Sickle Bi-State Park (half in Nevada, half in California). …
Kane
A beautiful and relatively easy hike up the mountain. After about 15 min you can view the lake, and about 40…
Mylene
Another great trail with a waterfall and a great view of the lake as you climb the mountain.
3. Van Sickle Bi-State Park
3. Van Sickle Bi-State Park
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17 local reviews
30 Lake Pkwy, South Lake Tahoe
Closed · Opens 6:00 AM
+1 530-542-5580
Kristen
Kristen
Just steps from the house is the entrance to Van Sickle Bi-State Park (half in Nevada, half in California). Views of lake, waterfalls, bear…
Kane
Kane
A beautiful and relatively easy hike up the mountain. After about 15 min you can view the lake, and about 40 min in there's a waterfall.
Mylene
Mylene
Another great trail with a waterfall and a great view of the lake as you climb the mountain.
4. Shirley Lake Trail
4. Shirley Lake Trail
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10 local reviews
Shirley Lake Trail, Olympic Valley
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Chase, Christian & Michael
One of our favorite hikes and snowshoe routes, especially beautiful in the spring when the snow melt keeps…
Jeremy
Want to catch a glimpse of some beautiful waterfalls? This is the trail! Hike up Shirley Canyon to High Camp…
Norman
Hands down one of our favorite hikes. We'll take a picnic and play in the waterfall along the way. Swim in…
4. Shirley Lake Trail
4. Shirley Lake Trail
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10 local reviews
Shirley Lake Trail, Olympic Valley
Chase, Christian & Michael
Chase, Christian & Michael
One of our favorite hikes and snowshoe routes, especially beautiful in the spring when the snow melt keeps Squaw Creek a waterfall. Turn…
Jeremy
Jeremy
Want to catch a glimpse of some beautiful waterfalls? This is the trail! Hike up Shirley Canyon to High Camp at Squaw Valley. Enjoy the pool…
Norman
Norman
Hands down one of our favorite hikes. We'll take a picnic and play in the waterfall along the way. Swim in Shirley lake, take in the views…
5. Glen Alpine Falls
5. Glen Alpine Falls
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6 local reviews
Glen Alpine Road, South Lake Tahoe
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Chase, Christian & Michael
Long, cascading waterfalls that are great for interaction. Climb around on boulders amid the falls, swim,…
Jason
~sweet little spot next to fallen leaf lake ~20 min drive from cabin takes you right to waterfalls ~great spot…
Ashley
No hike, amazing waterfall. Great picture opportunity
5. Glen Alpine Falls
5. Glen Alpine Falls
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6 local reviews
Glen Alpine Road, South Lake Tahoe
Chase, Christian & Michael
Chase, Christian & Michael
Long, cascading waterfalls that are great for interaction. Climb around on boulders amid the falls, swim, wade, play and picnic in sun or…
Jason
Jason
~sweet little spot next to fallen leaf lake ~20 min drive from cabin takes you right to waterfalls ~great spot for pictures
Ashley
Ashley
No hike, amazing waterfall. Great picture opportunity
6. Horsetail Falls
6. Horsetail Falls
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10 local reviews
Horsetail Falls
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Chase, Christian & Michael
Stunning waterfall hike in the Desolation Wilderness. Short hike, high degree of difficulty, minimal traffic…
Kevin
A three mile round-trip hike gets you up close with this spectacular Tahoe waterfall.
Raquel
Stunning hiking on granite rocks with countless waterfalls.
6. Horsetail Falls
6. Horsetail Falls
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10 local reviews
Horsetail Falls
Chase, Christian & Michael
Chase, Christian & Michael
Stunning waterfall hike in the Desolation Wilderness. Short hike, high degree of difficulty, minimal traffic. The trail head is at Hwy 50 by…
Kevin
Kevin
A three mile round-trip hike gets you up close with this spectacular Tahoe waterfall.
Raquel
Raquel
Stunning hiking on granite rocks with countless waterfalls.
7. Van Sickle Bi-State Park Hiking Trail
7. Van Sickle Bi-State Park Hiking Trail
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3 local reviews
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Janet
What we love best about the Van Sickle trail is that we can walk out the front door and in 1/2 mile we're at…
Stephanie And Nick
Hiking trail to a hidden waterfall. Can also hike to it directly from our house.
7. Van Sickle Bi-State Park Hiking Trail
7. Van Sickle Bi-State Park Hiking Trail
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3 local reviews
Janet
Janet
What we love best about the Van Sickle trail is that we can walk out the front door and in 1/2 mile we're at the trail head. No need to…
Stephanie And Nick
Stephanie And Nick
Hiking trail to a hidden waterfall. Can also hike to it directly from our house.
8. Jenkinson Lake
8. Jenkinson Lake
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15 local reviews
Jenkinson Lake
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Michael
Boating, hiking, sitting in the sun, picnicking, enjoying the forest! The lake temperature is perfect for…
William & Bernadette
Waterski, kayak, swim, camp, and hike around it, Jenkinson is a lovely jewel of a lake. The waterfall at the…
Cathy
Beautiful hiking, biking, horse back riding. Check out the waterfall at the back. 8.6 mile hike around the…
8. Jenkinson Lake
8. Jenkinson Lake
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15 local reviews
Jenkinson Lake
Michael
Michael
Boating, hiking, sitting in the sun, picnicking, enjoying the forest! The lake temperature is perfect for swimming in the summer and there…
William & Bernadette
William & Bernadette
Waterski, kayak, swim, camp, and hike around it, Jenkinson is a lovely jewel of a lake. The waterfall at the northeast end of the lake is a…
Cathy
Cathy
Beautiful hiking, biking, horse back riding. Check out the waterfall at the back. 8.6 mile hike around the lake
9. Vikingsholm
9. Vikingsholm
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16 local reviews
CA-89, Tahoma
Closed · Opens 10:30 AM
+1 530-525-9530
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Melissa
One of the BEST views in Lake Tahoe and Emerald Bay. Worth the 35 minutes drive. Hike to the bottom and…
Bill
This is probably the most photographed location in all of Lake Tahoe. Great views and day hikes. Hike down to…
9. Vikingsholm
9. Vikingsholm
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16 local reviews
CA-89, Tahoma
Closed · Opens 10:30 AM
+1 530-525-9530
Melissa
Melissa
One of the BEST views in Lake Tahoe and Emerald Bay. Worth the 35 minutes drive. Hike to the bottom and enjoy the great beach. Kayaking…
Bill
Bill
This is probably the most photographed location in all of Lake Tahoe. Great views and day hikes. Hike down to the lake for one mile, and…
10. Eagle Lake Trail
10. Eagle Lake Trail
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9 local reviews
Eagle Lake Trail, South Lake Tahoe
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Mark
Beautiful falls and lake right across from gorgeous Emerald Bay. Short & sweet hike up to the lake and past…
Nathan
Shor hike to a waterfall. Park along road. Go early in the AM to get parking.
10. Eagle Lake Trail
10. Eagle Lake Trail
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9 local reviews
Eagle Lake Trail, South Lake Tahoe
Mark
Mark
Beautiful falls and lake right across from gorgeous Emerald Bay. Short & sweet hike up to the lake and past the waterfall. About two miles…
Nathan
Nathan
Shor hike to a waterfall. Park along road. Go early in the AM to get parking.
11. Shirley Canyon Trailhead
11. Shirley Canyon Trailhead
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8 local reviews
1912 Chamonix Pl, Olympic Valley
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David
Beautiful waterfalls and the Aerial Tram Ride back down the mountain!
11. Shirley Canyon Trailhead
11. Shirley Canyon Trailhead
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8 local reviews
1912 Chamonix Pl, Olympic Valley
David
David
Beautiful waterfalls and the Aerial Tram Ride back down the mountain!
12. Emerald Bay
12. Emerald Bay
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27 local reviews
Emerald Bay, Emerald Bay
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Joe
Stunning views of Emerald Bay and Fannette Island and a short hike to the Eagle falls trail which is an…
Geoffrey & Yuki
Really nice to visit, see the waterfall or walk to the beach
12. Emerald Bay
12. Emerald Bay
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27 local reviews
Emerald Bay, Emerald Bay
Joe
Joe
Stunning views of Emerald Bay and Fannette Island and a short hike to the Eagle falls trail which is an amazing Waterfall that cascades to…
Geoffrey & Yuki
Geoffrey & Yuki
Really nice to visit, see the waterfall or walk to the beach