Palisade Creek Trail to Heath Falls in Tahoe National Forest near Soda Springs
The hike to Heath Falls Overlook is all downhill then it is back out all 1,700 ft. up, up, and up!!! The trail starts at the dam between the two Cascade Lakes of which is the first of many. We will encounter granite, vistas, 7,704 foot Devils Peak, Palisade Creek Bridge, and a view of the American River's Heath Falls at trails end as well.
Source: California Hiking of Foghorn Outdoors
Scenic: 10 of 10 (10 being most beautiful as mentioned in the book)
Difficulty: Moderate (listed as 3 of 5, 5 being strenuous)
Distance: 10 miles
Elevation gain: 1,700 ft.
Duration: 5 hours plus lunch break
Directions: East on I-80 to Soda Springs, take the Soda Springs/Norden exit and follow Old Highway 40 east for 0.8 mile to Soda Springs Road, make a right and drive 0.8 mile to Pahatsi Road, turn right and after .02 mile it turns to a dirt road at which point becomes Kidd Lakes Road, at 1.5 miles, you'll reach a fork, continue straight for 2.3 more miles, passing Kidd Lake on your left and the Royal Gorge Devils Lookout Warming Hut on your right, take the left fork after the warming hut and drive 0.5 mile farther to the trailhead, signed as Palisade Creek Trail which is on the North side of Cascade Lakes.
*** Remember to pay the driver of your carpool $3.50 per hour of drive time
*** Please, if I may have left anything out or you have any questions and or concerns do let me know by posting it on the board or email me with link at left.
Tod A. Olson