Bassi Falls

EASY 192 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
433 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.

walking
16 days ago

This trail was beautiful. You can take a short cut to get to the main trail, but I highly suggest you hike it from the trail marker. When you first drive up to the trail there is a very small parking lot (if you start your hike on the trail at that parking area, that’s the short cut). Off to the right there is a road that continues down the park. The real trail marker starts down that road. You can’t miss the sign.

hiking
22 days ago

This trail was great! It has beautiful views and it was fun climbing through the rocks at the end. Very little snow and only saw three groups of other hikers. Spent most the hike in solitude.

1 month ago

Very easy 2 mile stroll from the parking area. Minimal elevation gain/loss. Waterfall was quite full; there’s actually a smaller but still impressive fall about 2/3 of the way.

You can scramble up the side of the falls to get to the top with lovely views. I can see this area being quite popular in the summer, but as of this writing there were only about a dozen or so people on the trail and no snow yet.

As others have noted, there are places where the trail is easily lost, but if you’ve downloaded the map for offline use you can easily find your way again. There’s actually a pair of cell towers at the top of a nearby ridge; from the top of the falls I had a clear line of sight and nearly full bars on my mobile!

Lots of nearby lakes/reservoirs to explore. Happy trails!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike. Sometime the trail was hard to stay on. Look for the hiking signs on the trees if you do get off the trail. Waterfall still going strong 11/12/17. Can’t wait to do it again

hiking
3 months ago

Very easy hike, I took my 80 year old grandpa and he honestly did better than some of the adults. Beautiful water fall with a small waterhole at the bottom to swim in.

hiking
3 months ago

Awesome trail. Great condition and lots of scenery. Perfect weather in late September. Wanna go camping there.

hiking
4 months ago

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!

4 months ago

Very serene once you get to the Falls!!!

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome hike

hiking
5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

gorgeous! A lot of helpful info on this site. Take icehouse road up past Sunset/Fashoda campgrounds. Turn right (across from Big Silver group camp) onto a paved road that turns to gravel. make your first left and if you get there early, follow the road til it ends and park. The trail starts right after where you park. Bring swimsuits! Great for picnicking and swimming. we got a bit lost on the way back but found our way. my 8 year old was struggling on the way back to the car. Our dog had no problem. My advice is to note landmarks so you follow the right path back to the right parking area. There is a lower parking area but I recommend using the one at the top (end of road).

hiking
5 months ago

Awsome water falls. Kinda of hard to find where to park. Once you pass the bridge make your first right than your first left and follow the dirt road up. There are no signs that say bassi falls but it's not that hard to find once you see the camp grounds and cars parked. It can be a 4 mile hike round trip but we only hiked about 2 miles round trip. super easy to do with the family of all ages. Highly recommended but also a short hike for the drive so it's 50/50. Alot if water from the snow melt, kind if busy on a Saturday but you can definitely still do your own thing without any problems. Bring swim suits and a water camera for awsome pictures.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful hike. Plan to bring water shoes, sunscreen, and a backpack to carry your things. Also, remember where you enter the falls. We could not find the trail back (we were only lost for a few minutes) but it is a very small path up. We were too excited about the Falls to pay attention.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice trail but very busy on the weekend

5 months ago

Difficult to find the starting point of the trail (right parking lot). But the trail is great and easy. Bring swim suits!

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful falls and swimming holes galore! Not at all busy mid week in July...6 cars in the parking lot, felt like we were all on our own most of the hike. Keep hiking up the trail, don't veer off the trail too soon to go swimming. It is well worth the longer hike to get up towards the upper falls and discover some lovely, swimming holes.

hiking
6 months ago

Easy trail with beautiful running water all along it.

hiking
6 months ago

Great spot. Beautiful area. It was an easy enough hike for my friend and I to do with her 4 year old and 1 year old twins. Pretty trails and great swimming holes near the falls. We went mid week so parking was fine, although we heard it gets packed on the weekends.

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike!! Was a really warm day Kinda hard on dog as parts of hike are in full sun. Still lots of water coming down falls!! Will do again in fall!! And snow shoe in winter

hiking
6 months ago

Easy hike with beautiful views!

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