Horsetail Falls Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Alpine, Utah that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Starting in the cove of Alpine city just above the rodeo grounds this wide horse trail winds it's way through dry creek canyon along a river up to impressive waterfalls.
Trail is snow packed still at upper elevations but melting fast. Skiers and sledders have made the trail ice so appropriate footwear is required as the trail is steep. Traffic was moderate on cool Saturday afternoon. The waterfall is inaccessible without snowshoes. It can be seen from the trail in multiple locations but the snow off the trail is melting and deep.
I would rate this as a moderate hike, we found the waterfall and had to climb down, but we made it. We didn't go much farther after that. My dog did fine.
Honestly a lot more difficult and longer than expected, being short on time we were unable to finish. However, hiking back down was absolutely gorgeous and loved seeing all the horses :)
Good out and back. Pretty steep for a jog, but do-able. I saw horses and families, so the definition of moderate is good, but I would lean on the harder side only because there really aren't any switchbacks to keep it an easy steady climb. Massive rocks on the path- not great for off-road strollers
Was a good hike with a good view to the falls. There isn't a clear and defined trail to the actual falls and I overshot it. I had to do some bush whacking. My dog wasn't too happy about me carrying her while scrambling over some granite.
ok. read the reviews before hiking this trail if getting to the waterfall is important to you. It is confusing and tough to find. If you just want a great hike in beautiful scenery then don't worry about it and go have fun but finding the waterfall is tough.
Of note, it's rated "moderate"... maybe but it is on the hard side of moderate. and it is way longer than 3.5 miles round trip. According to the pedometer we went more like 6 total.
That said, we had a blast and we are very excited to discover this awesome trail close to home.
Beautiful fall hike and not very crowded at least compared to the Cottonwood Canyons at this time of the year. Can be confusing to get to the falls.
The map that they show on All trails takes you to the Falls look out. This can be found by taking a trail off the main trail to the left and you will quickly come to a slab of granite that you can sit and look out at the falls in the distance. To get to the lower part of the falls, you continue on the trail until you come to a sign that does not mention the falls. You want to continue to the LEFT of the sign and about 35 to 45 steps past the sign on your left you will see a trail. The trail has a quick drop so it doesn't seem like it is an actual trail but if you continue down you will see a trail and it will take you to the base of the falls. There could be some climbing down to the water once you get there so if you have children you want to keep an eye on them. If you want to go to the top of the falls, bypass this trail and continue up the main trail. This is a little bit more difficult to find. You will need to look for a big rock on your left-hand side and somebody has stacked some rocks to designate the entrance. You will then need to climb up the rock and over and you will see a trail and follow it. You will know that you have the right place if you continue you will see what I would call a table style Rock formation in front of you. A little tunnel so to speak. Again you need to be careful in this area while climbing around.
We actually missed all of these markers and continued up the trail. The trail from here on up is pretty steep and rocky but it ends in a nice flat area which was very pretty and has beautiful views. At this point we were pretty tired and it made for a great place to take a break so it was not much of a waste. If you are confused don't hesitate to ask people on the trail where to go. There are no official markings for this trail.
You can bring your dog on this trail but I am unsure about the leash rule. All trail says dogs must be on leash but an article in the local paper designated this as an off leash area. I would carry your leash regardless and make sure you pick up your dog crap. All in all it made for a great hike on a beautiful fall day.
Trail is definitely longer than 1.2 miles; I'd say closer to 4.5 round trip (2 plus some each way). Trail is not too difficult but is definitely steep.
FINDING THE WATERFALL was tricky for us- after you pass the pirate flag keep going until you hit a sign for deer Creek trail and keep left after the sign. Then when you hit some slabs of rock and you can either climb what sort of looks like a trail up the slab of rock or continue going on the dirt path, that is when you start climbing the rock! You will see the waterfall soon after that. If you say on the dirt trail to the right it begins to get incredibly steep and you will keep heading up the mountain toward the summit. There's more brush and trees back there and it will be clear you've left the waterfall behind. This mistake took at least a mile past the falls before we decided we definitely were too far from the falls and turned back. Waterfall is awesome and there are pools you can play in.