Bassi Falls

EASY 167 reviews
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Bassi Falls is a 4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pollock Pines, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
515 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

waterfall

Easy, short hike to an incredible waterfall. When you reach the base of Bassi Falls, you will be treated to an awesome view of the entire 120 ft. cascade. Later in the summer, there is really not much to see, as Bassi Creek becomes a mere fragment of its former self.

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Super easy trail. Great for the kiddos! We needed a little more of a challenge so we climbed up the side of the fall to the top. That was a beautiful view!

22 days ago

Very serene once you get to the Falls!!!

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Awesome hike

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There are two primary ways to get to Bassi Falls. Option #1 follows the AllTrails description. Option #2 below is a shortcut that some other reviewers have described.

Option #1

Difficulty: 2/5
Shade: Very little
Terrain: Soft dirt and granite/rock slabs - not too many loose rocks
Overall rating: 3/5

Turn right when you see the entrance to Big Silver campground on the right. Travel down the road. It will dead end into a group camp where there is some parking (but not a lot). If you can't park here, you can park in a small lot at Big Silver campground that is about 0.5 miles from the trailhead.

The trailhead is marked as Bassi Creek Trail. The trail itself weaves through ponderosa pines and cedars, and interesting rock formations. Even though you are in a forest, there is not enough cover to provide shade, so bring sun protection - it felt VERY hot even though it was in the low 80s the day I was hiking.

The trail itself is not very difficult, but on a hot day, it will feel more difficult. There are few places to rest in the shade.

About 1.5 miles from the trailhead you will come upon lower Bassi Falls. There is a large swimming hole and some smaller ones that you can reach by going off of the trail a little. It is best to go around closer to the actual waterfall and make your way from there (rather than climbing over the rocks that lead up to the base of the falls).

Don't stop here though, in another 0.5 miles, you will reach upper Bassi falls which has some of the most beautiful swimming spots I've ever seen. Crystal clear water, rocks, natural steps into the water...all with a view of the waterfall. You can also make your way and climb up to the top of the falls.

Option #2 (see my recordings to see this option - it is different from AllTrails)
Difficulty: 1/5
Shade: Very little
Terrain: Soft dirt and granite/rock slabs
Overall rating: 3/5

If you arrive early enough, you can turn right across from the Big Silver Campground. On this dirt road, you will see a road veer to the left that travels up. If you take this road, you will reach a dead end that is the trailhead to a shortcut to (upper) Bassi Fall. There are about 5-7 spaces to park, depending on how creative you're willing to be with parking on the side of the road.

From the trailhead to upper Bassi Falls is about 0.5 miles. Most of the trail is over granite rock. There isn't really an obvious trail, but if you keep walking, you'll hear the falls and eventually get to the water. Once the trail open onto the rock, try to stay straight, and you'll get to the base of the falls.

The rock formations are really interesting, but most visitors will be anxious to get to the water. The trail itself completely exposed. So it will feel hot. Once you reach the falls, there are several swimming holes to take a dip in and cool off. If you arrive early (around 9am), you'll have the place to yourself. By 10:30-11am, be ready for crowds.

The swimming holes are among the most beautiful I've seen anywhere. I posted several pictures. About one mile down from upper Bassi Falls is lower Bassi Falls with beautiful swimming holes as well. The ones at the upper Bassi Falls are more beautiful, but the lower falls have gorgeous spots to swim and play as well (see my pictures).

For both options, bring lots of sun protection. I wore a hat and sunblock. My husband did the same. He spent a lot of time in the water and definitely got some sun on his back/shoulders. I did not need bug spray, but in spring, you might need some. I did the trails in trail shoes - you don't need hardcore hiking boots or anything because the trail doesn't have much loose rock or difficult terrain.

While the waterfalls and swimming holes on this trail are terrific (5/5), the trail itself is more like 2/5. While there are interesting rock formations, it is very exposed without much to look at until you reach the falls. This is why I rated it overall as 3/5

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