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Horsetail Falls Trail

MODERATE 424 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

scramble

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.

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This "trail" was beautiful but I felt that the trail was a little too intense. The lack of an actual trail made it difficult and I felt bad for those people who had kids as there was a lot of back and forth trying to find a way through. Make sure the wear good shoes with grip as many of us were sliding on some of the granite rocks as we tried to climb up or down them.

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10 days ago

Beautiful and pristine stretch of wilderness. My 8 year old son was a champ and we made it within a few hundred yards of the top of the falls before deciding we'd give ourselves a reason to come back. Easy going up until reaching the Desolation Wilderness sign where you have to fill out a permit. A few hundred yards from there and the hike becomes more like a bouldering expedition. Make sure you drink lots of water and find a nice lunch spot on a ledge at the edge of the falls. Will definitely be back!

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17 days ago

Beautiful hike the whole way up, and such a beautiful waterfall! It is hard to find the trail, but half the fun is making up your own!

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19 days ago

Great views and a decent climb. Trail not all that well marked. We had fun!

19 days ago

Nice for day hike

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21 days ago

Gorgeous,'phenomenal. The Falls did not disappoint

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22 days ago