Lake Tahoe Living
May 2020 Edition
Houses Versus Condos
In a resort destination like Lake Tahoe, there are many reasons why people purchase property – second home, investment purposes, and some are lucky enough to have a primary residence up here in the Sierras. There are many factors that buyers take into account when choosing the location and type of property to purchase.
Within our local community there are a variety of locations and settings you can select from. There are panoramic lakeviews mostly at moderate to higher elevation and lakefront properties that are usually a short distance from the private beaches and need minimal snow removal. The golf course neighborhoods provide a great setting, possibly a mountain view and a good amount of privacy for most of the year. The subdivisions located around the center of town provide a more suburban feel with neighbors nearby and are close to restaurants, shops and a bike ride to the lake. Deciding where in town you want to be goes hand in hand with what your property is being used for and what your needs are...
As we are still under lockdown due to COVID-19, here are a few waterfall hikes in the Tahoe Basin that should be flowing nicely this time of year.
Eagle Falls - Lake Tahoe’s most famous falls, the dramatic Eagle Falls, plunge into the iconic Emerald Bay. A great hike for all ages, the trail follows an easy path to the upper and lower falls, both equally breathtaking. Chances are you’ll hear the falls before you witness their beauty. Follow the signs to Vikingsholm to reach the top of Lower Eagle Falls and to truly experience the beauty of the falls, walk to the base via the Vikingsholm trail. The Vikingsholm Castle lies grandly at the bottom of the falls on the edge of Eagle Lake. The perfect place for a picnic and a dip. When the waters are gushing, a wave of mist mingles over the viewing platform. Follow the stone steps to the Upper Eagle Falls to dangle your feet from the wooden bridge as the water roars beneath you. Continue on from Eagle Lake for another 5 miles, an alternative route to the incredible Fontanillis Falls. Getting there: Drive north on Highway 89 from the Highway 50 junction for 8.5 miles to the Eagle Falls Picnic area. Parking also available in the Vikingsholm/Emerald Bay parking lot or along the highway. A fee is required for parking. Alternatively, take the Trolley from South Lake Tahoe!
Fontanillis Falls - Experienced hikers can head from the trailhead at Bayview Campground into the heart of the Desolation Wilderness on this 12-mile round trip hike to the marvellous Fontanillis Falls, tumbling 150 feet down into Upper Velma Lake. Set out on this trail with lots of elevation change and lots of sun, pass the forested shoreline of Dicks Lake and climb the summit to Maggie’s Peak to reach the shores of Fontanillis Lake. The trail then crosses a bubbling stream to the waters of Fontanillis Falls cascading down a gentle sloping wall of granite, so gentle you can walk next to the rushing waters of this Lake Tahoe waterfall. Plan a full day for this exceptional escape into the wilderness. Getting there: Drive north on Highway 89 (8 miles from South Lake Tahoe, 20 miles from Tahoe City) to the Bayview Campground, just after the paved Emerald Bay lookout parking lot. Drive through the campground to the trailhead. Follow the trail to Desolation Wilderness/Dicks Lake. Head right at the start (left will take you to Cascade Falls). There is an alternate route via the Eagle Falls Trailhead. A free permit is required, available from the Cascade Trailhead kiosk.
Cascade Falls- A simply majestic Lake Tahoe waterfall that drops out of the Desolation Wilderness plunging 200 feet into Cascade Lake, rewarding visitors with some of the best views of Lake Tahoe. One of the best beginner hikes in the area, as well as one of the most popular, the moderate mile-long path along the rocks leads you to the top of the falls that tumble gracefully through the valley adjacent to Emerald Bay and Eagle Falls. Escape into the Desolation Wilderness on this easy hike, dip into the lush shaded swimming holes and soak up the spectacular views. For a little more adventure, hikers can continue on along an unmaintained use trail to the remote Azure and Snow Lakes. Getting there: Drive north on Highway 89 (8 miles from South Lake Tahoe, 20 miles from Tahoe City) to the Bayview Campground, just after the paved Emerald Bay lookout parking lot. Drive through the campground to the trailhead. A free permit is required, available from the Cascade Trailhead kiosk.
Glen Alpine Falls - Head a little off the beaten path to the picture perfect Glen Alpine Falls. Experience an up-close view of the falls from the road without a step! Also known as the Fallen Leaf Lake Falls, these waters just keep giving, they are huge, spectacular and not to be missed. The lower falls are impressive as the waters plummet 60 feet down the layered rocks. A short walk takes you to the bottom lookout point where you can see the sheer magnitude of the falls, or hike up the backside of Mt. Tallac to reach the upper falls, a short one-mile round trip in the scenic Desolation Wilderness. Getting there: Drive north on Highway 89 from the Highway 50 junction for about three miles. Turn left onto Fallen Leaf Lake Road for about 4.8 miles. Turn right at the T, past the marina and left into Road 1216. Parking for the lower falls is along the right side of the road, continue further to the Desolation Wilderness Parking lot for the upper falls. It is a narrow one lane road, take it slow and use the turnouts.
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*Statistics gathered on 05/01/2020
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