Sure, Northern California’s ski mecca had one of the crappiest snow years on record. And sure, the region’s dry streak is likely to have major economic and environmental implications.
But for now, the region’s summer hiking season (which started really early this year) is still as strong as ever. So this week, we rounded up three hikes in Tahoe that are sure to please regardless of ability.
For beginners (or kids): Cascade Falls
The two-mile round trip hike out to Cascade Falls offers a big payoff without much effort. After just 150 feet of climbing, hikers reach the 200-foot Cascade Falls, which spills into the lake of the same name. The base of the falls offers expansive views on Lake Tahoe, Emerald Bay, and the surrounding evergreen forest.