Heavenly Mountain Resort has been adding summer attractions near the top of their gondola for several years. Recent passage of a federal regulation regarding the use of Forest Service land has allowed Heavenly to put exciting plans into action.
One flat fee allows you to ride the gondola, walk around the extremely scenic observation deck half way up the mountain, and finish the gondola ride to the fun attractions up at the top of the gondola. To date, there are now zip lines, ropes courses, a mountain coaster, a climbing wall, an expedition tour, a summer tubing hill, and hiking trails. The Tamarack Lodge is open with lots of food and beverage options.
It’s a fun way to spend a day for the whole family. Just be sure to have sunscreen and stay hydrated because you’ll be playing all day above 9,000 feet! Have a blast and take lots of pictures!
Located right across the road from the Emerald Bay vista point is the Bayview Trailhead. Parking is available on the side of the road. The trail will fork within the first minute of the hike. Stay left to start on the Cascade Falls Trail. The trail starts on a wide dirt path that will funnel into a narrow path sprinkled with rocks. This is where it opens to views of Cascade Lake and Lake Tahoe. You will hike for about 20 minutes before you reach Cascade Falls. Once you arrive you will be rewarded with some of the best views of lakes and waterfalls in the area!
Directions: From Lakeside Inn take Hwy 50/Lake Tahoe Blvd west through South Lake Tahoe until you reach the "Y" area. Take a right onto Hwy 89/Emerald Bay Road heading North. It will be eight miles until you reach the Emerald Bay vista point. The Bayview Trailhead across from the Emerald Bay vista point is on the left side.