Horsetail Falls Trail

MODERATE 393 reviews
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Horsetail Falls Trail is a 3.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Twin Bridges, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
675 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

muddy

rocky

A short 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.

1 day ago

The trail is very beautiful.

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2 days ago

great day

hiking
2 days ago

I would say it is moderate to hard as you get close to the falls. There is some climbing to do. Very much worth the hike. Mark this one off my bucket list.

3 days ago

Moderately difficult. The hike is mostly rocks. It's not really a straight path that you can follow but you know you are going the right way if you see a pile of stacked rocks. To get where everyone wants to go may take about 2 hours. You'll be able to see different sites of water along the way and stop in shaded areas, relax, eat, get in the water. I would recommend this to people "out of shape" as a good hike to do. It doesn't kick your butt too much.

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6 days ago

Great hike.

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10 days ago

What an awesome, beautiful hike! It was our first time and we made it about half way up the falls. Hope to make it to the top in future hikes. As most said, as you move up higher it becomes a little more difficult to find your way, but not too bad.

Very enjoyable overall!

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10 days ago

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10 days ago

We lost the trail quickly into entering desolation (don't forget to get a permit!) and started following some guys going straight up to the left. It was full of steep bouldering, making your way through bushes and some spectacular views. Follow the rocks stacked on each other, our group contributed quite a few to show you our path. We made it out to avalanche lake going on the ridge the whole way. I do not recommend this way if it's going to be sunny, lucky for us it was nice and cloudy so it was perfect. Bring plenty of water. On the way back we decided to take the normal kid's route, which was NOT in anyway marked or worn to a point of identification. You just need to feel your way down. Isn't necessarily hard but pay attention as some parts can get a bit risky. Overall, incredible hikes with incredible views. Be careful out there!

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10 days ago

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11 days ago

Awesome hike! Parts are unmarked if you go your own way, but follow the river or keep it in your ear and you'll make it up. My 6 year old made it all the way to the end of the trail and beyond, so it's doable. Some parts are tough and slippery because of the smooth granite faces, but we made it through without any falls. Wouldn't want to do it on a hot day, but there was a enough shade along the way to be a relief if you so. Some reviews are talking about muddy, wet, slippery spots but we only encountered one area that was like that, so it seems drier than it was a few weeks ago. Took almost 4 hours with stopping for pictures, enjoying nature and eating lunch at the top. We are looking forward to doing the trail again soon and heading all the way to Avalanche Lake.

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