6 Incredible Waterfalls Near Sacramento, CA

Deanna Morgado

Majestic waterfalls are quite a sight, whether it’s a roaring flow cascading into a heart-plummeting drop or is a small yet determined trickle. Hikers and nature lovers flock to certain locations to try and capture the beauty of these natural occurrences. The Sacramento area has many different waterfalls that are accessible to visit. Here are six of the most beautiful waterfalls near Sacramento.

Bassi Falls

Bassi Falls is an amazing force of nature. The powerful flow of this waterfall is breathtaking. The falls tumble down from the granite cliff 109 feet into Bassi Creek below. Hikers don’t have to worry about a hard trip to reach these wondrous falls either. It’s a level walk about 10 minutes from the main parking area in El Dorado County. Better yet, an official trail was finally paved leading up to Bassi Falls, making it an even easier trip. Either way, the falls can be heard way down the trail as you follow the route along Bassi Creek to the mesmerizing sight.

IMG_9490 Ι © Tim Berger/Flickr

Sly Park Waterfall

Follow the shaded, pine forested trail to this man-made waterfall inside Sly Park in Somerset. Drive through the Sly Park campground to reach the shortest end of the path leading to this flowing beauty. The trail itself is almost entirely flat, save for a couple small inclines, and follows along the lakeshore. You’ll want to visit the Sly Park Waterfall before the late summer months dry up the falls. Visit it at its peak and you’ll see powerful falls spilling into a small but deep lake bed. It’s truly a hidden oasis.

Waterfall at Jenkinson Lake. Photo by Alba Scott, Reclamation Ι

Eagle Falls

Lower Eagle Falls can actually be seen from the Emerald Bay parking area. Spring is the best time to see the falls as continuous snow run-off pours over into two large 140-foot drops. But once summer hits, the flow is reduced to a trickle so you’ll surely want to time a visit to Eagle Falls accordingly. As for Upper Eagle Falls, there are two ways to reach this mystical, 82 foot waterfall. The first way is a mile hike along the lakeside through Emerald State Park. The second way is for the more adventurous and daring. Those who are willing can climb down from the roadside above that’ll put them at the brink of the mighty waterfall. It’s a more testing route, meant for the skilled hiker, but it also gives some spectacular views.

Eagle Falls Ι

Cascade Falls

Certainly one of the more impressive, Cascade Falls drop a hurling 149 feet. The trail is another very easy and short hike so even beginners won’t miss out on this one. You’ll be taken to the top of Cascade Falls, overlooking Lake Tahoe and Cascade Lake. It’s a stunning view so be ready for the photo ops. Although it’s possible to reach the bottom of Cascade Falls, it isn’t recommended.

Cascade Falls Ι

Palisade Falls

Also known as Rattlesnake Falls, Palisade Falls is very popular among adventurous kayakers and hikers. The falls crash down a 47 foot drop and you’ll have to work to get there. Don’t worry, the 7 mile hike up the canyon from the trailhead is absolutely worth every chest-heaving second. The best part of Palisade Falls being more remote is that you won’t have to worry about such large crowds gathering and ruining your pictures.


Heath Falls Overlook

The Heath Falls Overlook actually isn’t too far from its downriver neighbor, Palisade Falls. It’s another rugged trek to get to these falls but at least it is downhill. 1,700 feet down actually… and what goes down must drag its feet back up after! It’s a gorgeous sight when you’re there though. The falls plunge about 45 feet from the gorge into the river below. Enjoy the misty scenery and sit a while before heading back up the trail.

Waterfall Ι

Upper Glen Alpine Falls

A pleasant and short walk is required to those who wish to visit the Upper Alpine Falls, or the Modjeska Falls. The trail starts from the Desolation Wilderness trailhead. You’ll know you’ve reached your destination once you’ve found an abandoned old cabin. Here is the best place to watch this majestic waterfall which spills over the 32 feet to reach the river below. It may be smaller than the other waterfalls around but in its springtime peak Upper Glen Alpine Falls are stunning. Even at its flow’s lowest in the fall, the waterfall remains absolutely inspiring.

Glen Alpine Falls – South Lake Tahoe Ι
culture trip left arrow
 culture trip brand logo

Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip

meet our Local Insider


women sitting on iceberg


2 years.


It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.


I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!

culture trip logo letter c
group posing for picture on iceberg
group posing for picture on iceberg

Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.

map of volcanic iceland trip destination points
culture trip brand logo
culture trip right arrow
landscape with balloons floating in the air


Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.