Find the Hidden Cliff Jumping in the Truckee River

Tom’s Experience jumping into the Truckee River:

Jumping into the Truckee River was an interesting adventure.

Truckee River Northern Nevada Pit Stop

We were making the long drive across northern Nevada and there really wasn’t much to stop and do. We decided we would stop here to do a little cliff jumping to break up the long drive.

I-80 Truckee River Cliff Jumping

The parking is right off of eastbound I-80. There is just a small parking area right next to the Freeway. There are some cement barriers that you have to climb over and then a well worn trail that takes you under some trees and out to the cliffs.

Jumping From Truckee River Cliffs

The cliffs are about 20 feet high but the Truckee River is very green and dirty. There is a cement area that you can jump off of which leads to the deepest spot. Just be sure to check the depth of the water before you jump in since the river depth changes.

Truckee River Cliff Jumping

Dogs are allowed but be careful since you are parked right next to the Freeway.

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Trail Info: Head east on I-80 just outside of Clark. The Truckee River turnoff is about a mile past exit 32.


Truckee River Turnoff:    39.578558, -119.471190

Truckee River Cliff Jumping Area:    39.578073, -119.469633

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Only the daring cliff jump at Angora Lakes

Tom’s Experience hiking to Angora Lakes:

Angora Lakes has been called a cliff jumpers paradise and is a wonderful place to spend a day swimming and relaxing along the beach. The Angora Lakes hike is about a mile and is easy to follow the trail.

Angora Lake Hike

There are numerous cliffs to jump from with sizes ranging from a few feet up to 60 feet in Upper Angora Lake as well as boat, kayak and paddle board rentals if you feel like just relaxing at the lake.

Swimming in Angora Lakes

The beach is pretty nice but it can get very crowded so be sure to get there early.

Angora Lakes

Cliff jumping is very dangerous, be sure you know what you are doing, there have been a couple of deaths at this lake.

Angora Lakes Hike

Dogs are allowed but must be on leash.

Tahoe Angora Lake

The trail has a gentle climb up past Lower Angora Lake to a bunch of cabins and a small store.

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Trail Info: To get to the trailhead from South Lake Tahoe, take Lake Tahoe Blvd. Through the “Y” intersection and follow to Tahoe Mountain Road. There are plenty of signs along Tahoe Mountain Road until the final left turn onto a dirt road. If you see a sign pointing you towards Fallen Leaf Lake you have gone too far. There is a small fee to park at the trailhead.


Angora Lakes Trailhead:   38.868753,-120.062736

Upper Angora Lake:     38.863754,-120.067735

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