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Lake Tahoe May 2012 – Hawley grade hike with dad

Today my dad and I headed out to Christmas Valley to hike the Hawley grade historical trail leading up to a set of falls that contains the longest vertical drop in the Tahoe valley.

Prior to starting our hike we drove down south upper Truckee road, a single lane road that drops from hwy 89 into Christmas Valley.

We dropped into Christmas Valley and hiked along the upper truckee river for a little while before heading to the Hawley grade trailhead.


Ever heard the term busy beaver?.. Looks like there have definitely been some busy beavers around here

After meandering along the upper truckee river we headed to the start of the Hawley grade trail where Izzie was growing impatient waiting for us.

The Hawley Grade trail was initially the first graded wagon road across the Sierra built in 1857 by Asa Hawley. Back in the day it was the primary route into the Tahoe Valley.

From April 3, 1860 to November 17, 1860 the road was also used by the Pony Express until the Johnson Pass Road replaced it.

After only a mile and change of hiking we arrived at Hawley Grade Falls which cascades several hundred feet down from Hwy 50 above into Christmas valley where it meets the upper Truckee river.

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