Just a few hundred feet from Cascade Creek, this route follows a trail marker downhill to the left for a close-up of the falls. Watch your step near the sheer rock face, but take advantage of small wading pools and sticky granite that make exploring the fall's upper reaches easy and fun.
From the top of the falls, this route turns west and climbs alongside the creek for a spectacular view of the sloping face of Mount Tallac. You could spend lots of time exploring the basin on the creek's west side, but this route turns east back to the trail marker and backtracks toward the trailhead.
-Mapped by Kristy Holland
Trailhead: From South Lake Tahoe, drive 2 miles south on US 50 to CA 89. Turn right onto CA 89 and drive 7.6 miles. Turn left into the Bay View Campground. Drive 200 yards to the trailhead at the top of the campground.