Horsetail Falls Trail

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Horsetail Falls Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Alpine, Utah that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1788 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

Starting in the cove of Alpine city just above the rodeo grounds this wide horse trail winds it's way through dry creek canyon along a river up to impressive waterfalls.

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7 days ago

Do not come here even if it's just light rain. The water flows down like crazy along this trail when it rains and I got caught in a really bad situation.

9 days ago

The waterfall at the end is beautiful. We went in September; I'd like to see the falls gushing in the spring. Towards the end watch carefully for the trail off to the left. Moderately steep hike.

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14 days ago

Beautiful hike! Steep but worth the views at the top. Hoping they remove the dead horse off the trail soon.

16 days ago

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16 days ago

Steep, unrelenting trail, though much of it was shaded. Along the way there were multiple paths but they all met up again. There was one hat lee to an overlook of the falls and you are standing on a large, rock outcropping. Instead of staying on that trail, go back to the main trail, unless you want to be almost bushwhacking up a small stream bed. Towards the end, there was a fork and I went left towards the falls, though the sign didn't say horsetail falls. After a few steps, saw what looked like a game trail going down and to he left but I kept going. Eventually the trail disappeared and I scrambled over boulders and arrived near the top of the falls. Scrambling down I found the trail back, which was the game trail I saw shortly after the fork. Once you are at the end of the trail you can climb down to the base of the falls but be careful.

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21 days ago

Hard as balls!

23 days ago

This is my favorite trail to take during the week! I can't even count how many times I've actually hiked to the falls. What I love about it is that it's much quicker to get to than if you were to go up AF Canyon. Though it has gotten a lot more popular over the years, it is still easy to find parking. It is beautiful throughout all four seasons. It has a consistent uphill that's great for conditioning as well. If you are new to that amount of incline, it will take you 1 1/2 to 2 hours to get to the falls depending on how many times you stop. For ones a little more experienced, it will be closer to and hour to the falls. You know you are getting close to the falls when you hit the large boulders and granite after you pass 3 streams (Sometimes just two if it is late summer or fall depending on the water level). I take about 33 mL of water and do just fine with some left over.

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25 days ago

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26 days ago

Love this place for hammocking.

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1 month ago

It was a good hike! Very rocky though so it is a good idea to have good hiking shoes that have ankle support. This was my first time hiking to the falls and there weren't clear directions on how to get to the falls. We went up past the fork in the road (stayed on the left) and ran into a group of BYU researchers who showed us a trail to get to the upper side of the falls. Apparently there is also a rope tied to a tree in your left, about 35 miles after the fork in the road, that also takes you there.

When in doubt in this hike, keep going left when the trail splits.

Look through photos to see what the fork in he road and the sign look like. This is the fork in the road that will lead you to the falls. Go LEFT. There should be a trail about 35 yards past the sign. Look for a rope tied to a tree on your left hand side. Or, keep walking forward and you will come to a giant slanting bolder on your left with a narrow trail behind it. Follow this trail to also get to the falls. There is a pile of stacked rocks to mark the trail by the giant rock. The sign says, "Deer Creek - Dry Creek TR NO. 043"