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Horsetail Falls Trail

MODERATE 162 reviews
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Horsetail Falls Trail is a 3.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Twin Bridges, CA that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

3.3 miles 649 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly









A three mile round-trip hike gets you up close with this spectacular Tahoe waterfall. Late spring and early summer may be the best times to experience Horsetail Falls, but a hike up the Pyramid Creek trail to this spectacular waterfall is still a worthwhile experience at any time of the year. If you can find a parking spot at the busy US50 trailhead that is. Elevation gain: - 600ft (from 6,100 - 6,700ft)

4 minutes ago

Go all the way to the top, Avalanche Lake. It will scare the hell out of you if the first time, but it is well worth the adrenaline surge. Views from the top of the falls are indescribable.

19 hours ago

Great hike have done on numerous occasions great for Minnie my dog she loves the swimming holes This trail is not for everyone for sure Once you start to climb to the top there is no real marked trail steep in some places Coming down from the top is as much as an adventure as going up once on top it's awesome with numerous directions to go

5 days ago

Not for everyone.

rock climbing
5 days ago

6 days ago

One of my favorite local trails

10 days ago

12 days ago

only went half way because we started way late in the evening but very beautiful hike. It's doable even as a beginner but be ready for some good Boulder hopping ;) .... didn't do too bad with a toddler in a pack.... definitely do it again.

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20 days ago

Can be an amazing hike...if you go off the trail! This hike was amazing. It's actually a very short hike with a great view from the bottom of he waterfall. But if you are up for it you can climb all the way to the top and that is where the true beauty lies. It's is not a trail but more climbing up the rocks. There is a very quiet and calm lake at the top. Well worth it! Only took about an extra hour to the top.

21 days ago

First half of the hike is easy. The second half to the top is a little more challenging but well worth it. Bring water to drink and a bathing suit to swim in the pools. Breathtaking scenery.

22 days ago

such a beautiful trail! will for sure be back! the pools at he bottom are beautiful. if we were more prepared we would have gone all the way! for sure next time we will hike to the top

23 days ago

25 days ago

Great hike with amazing views. Able to see a nice lake once you get to the top. The waterfall itself is simply amazing!

25 days ago

1 month ago

Love the views here!

1 month ago

We set out to hike this trail with our families and had an epic day of hiking and swimming. Four adults, and our combined three kids: 7, 11 and 12 years old. Two of the parents had done this one before a decade ago and remembered the importance of staying left of the waterfalls on the way up to avoid the slick rock areas. We were determined to get to Avalanche Lake safely. It turns out that kids LOVE to scramble on boulders, so they all enjoyed the hands and feet climbing for the last 500 feet or so up to the top. The amazing views up and down make this trip worth all the effort. It does require some patience to find your own path to the top since any trail signs disappear. Just keep an eye out for others' trail markers on the rocks - there all over.

Swimming at Avalanche Lake was a great way to cool off and there were amazingly few people up there - I think most people stop and enjoy the falls and pools below. The hike back takes patience as well, but the afternoon sun and views make this trip back very beautiful. Scrambling down might've taken longer than climbing up.

In all, we agreed that this hike is our new standard for effort and difficulty. Most Day hikes are probably much easier than this one but the views are tough to beat. Water is a big deal up here too - we ran out about 30 minutes from the car. Next time we'll bring a filter.

1 month ago

one of my faviroite hikes in the kyburz area and had had me coming back year after year. Trail does become hard to follow near the top and leaves you scrambling up the boulders. once at the top you can enjoy one of the many lakes and of course the view. pack light of your a day user. Trail does get crowded

1 month ago