Ropi Lake is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Twin Bridges, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until October.

Length4.9 miElevation gain1,551 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingForestLakeRiverViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlifeOver grownRockyScrambleOff trail
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Start at Horsetail Falls and continue up the trail to Avalanche Lake, Pitt Lake and eventually Ropi Lake. Beware that after Horsetail Falls, this is an off-trail route. There are some cairns here and there, but it is an unofficial trail. Only hikers with route-finding and off-trail experience should attempt this trail.

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Charles Marsh
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Fishing

One of my favorite hikes of 2020 summer. Nice rock scramble challenge then drop dead gorgeous lakes.

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Megan Carrigan
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HikingOff trailRockyScramble

Beginning was fine and beautiful along the falls. As you begin the climb, about 1.4 miles in, beware if you have any fear of heights! Permits are normally required except during Covid. We had to turn around because the fear of having to come back down! We were also on a time constraint because of the parking closing at 5. And btw it closes October 30th for the season but there is parking right outside the gate. I could’ve probably managed it but it would have taken me a long time to figure out my way down and my husband was a hell no not going any further lol. We did get some close up views of the giant falls from as far as we climbed and that was beautiful. Definitely sad we didn’t make it but best to be safe and alive.

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Anthony Monroy
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Hiking

Very intense but fun!!

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Richard Gilbert
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HikingGreat!Off trailRockyScramble

Excellent hike with fun route finding up and over the falls. Trickiest part is going down. Went on a weekend and only saw one other person after the trail ended and route finding began. Guess the fall is a good time to go!

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Richard Gilbert
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Joseph Burces
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Backpacking
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Macy K
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Hiking

Probably the most beautiful hike I've been on so far because of the large waterfall. The lakes are a good sight as well, it is just a shame that past a certain point off the Horsetail trails, you have no marker as to where you're actually going, but climbing the boulders were plenty exciting.

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Mark Ortiz
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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble

Aug 30, 2020- Tough hike to Ropi Lake, and we made it to the lake. Incredible views and lake was amazing to swim in. Pools near by waterfall are refreshing to lay in. Not clearly marked but follow the blue rocks and you'll find the way.

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Kenneth Kelley
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Hiking

It was quite a strenuous journey once you got to the 60% gradient climb, also, trail heads are poorly marked. I couldn’t finish it. Didn’t bring enough water :( I’ll conquer it next time. Halfway to the top you make it to the falls, after that it’s pretty much a shear climb up. I recommend it to anyone willing to boulder climb a bit lol

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Tahoe Golden
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HikingFeeNo shadeRockyScramble

We did it on Sat Aug 8, 2020. After the Desolation sign, the trail is marked by blue dots until the top of the falls and requires a lot of scrambling. The lakes and creeks on the top are beautiful, no wonder the trail is super popular even though it’s not easy at all.

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Oso Blanco
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HikingFeeGreat!RockyScramble

The outdoors belongs to everyone and I do like seeing people enjoy nature, however, there are some objective observations that one can’t ignore. If you’re going to horsetail falls, it’s gonna be crowded. Just something to accept. If you can get over that, and then get over the falls, I think it’s worth enduring the instagram selfies and guys in Capri pants. It’s beautiful and worth it.

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Jonathan Whipple
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Half way up the trail becomes hard to follow . If you follow the all trails map you can make it to the top and it it’s completely worth the hike

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Bianca Fredborg Madsen
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HikingOff trailRockyScramble

This climb (not a hike in my world, haha) was demanding, difficult, and very exhilarating - it definitely got my adrenaline going. The part up Horsetail Falls is steep and you are using all of your limbs holding on to boulders and edges. You have to be careful and make sure to spend enough time navigating to secure your route. But, when you do reach the top and the lakes (we camped at Avalanche and spend the next day at Ropi before descending) it is an amazing experience. Not sure if I will ever do this trip again, for me as a not too experienced hiker, this was hard but also empowering! Whoa.

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Gris Monroy
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HikingNo shadeOff trailRockyScramble

After horsetail there is no trail, it’s very difficult and must know how to navigate, elevation is high. Once you make it the views are simply breathtaking.

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