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
1607 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

rock climbing

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

Horsetail Falls is a short but steep hike that climbs up a wooded canyon to a spectacular cascading waterfall. The hike is located in northern Utah in the city of Alpine just above the rodeo grounds. The trailhead can be accessed the end of Grove Drive, where you will find a small parking area. Starting at the Dry Creek trailhead, It's a 2-mile hike (4 miles round-trip) with a decent amount of elevation gain through Dry Creek Canyon. There is a steep incline entire hike and you will have three stream crossings on the way up the hike. In the early portion of the hike, you will be able to see Lone Peak to the left and Pfeifferhorn straight ahead. The "meadow" is about 2/3 of the way to the Dry Creek Trail sign. Once at the Dry Creek Trail and you will see the small trail on the left with the black rope tied to a tree. It's a steep decline so using the rope is advised. follow the animal trail for about 5 minutes and you will hear the waterfall. Once at the waterfall, there are gorgeous views of the valley below. This trail is best experienced during spring and fall. Parking can fill up quickly, especially on Saturday mornings, so make sure to arrive at the trailhead early.

hiking
17 days ago

It was a fun hike! Beautiful waterfall; especially in the snow! It was pretty steep on the way but was worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

One of my all-time favorite hikes. Great place to go in the summer--you are going to want to get in the water by the time you make it to the top.

hiking
1 month ago

Very beautiful hike! The path to the lower part of the falls is hard to find, it’s off to your left as your hiking up. You go down a little path and can use a rope that is provided to get down the steep incline. We also saw a dead horse that was off to the side near the beginning of the hike.

This is a beautiful hike with amazing views.

1 month ago

Love it

1 month ago

I went on a mid-November day after a light snow the day before. Magical. I can't imagine the conditions can be improved upon this singular perfect day. Cue the Lou Reed. Make sure to continue straight past the sign and scramble over some rocky terrain all the way to the falls. Don't deprive yourself of the payoff at the end. Quite grand.

hiking
2 months ago

rocky, steep, and dusty. a great workout. but the trail is so rocky it kind of ruins the hike....unless you like rocky trails.

2 months ago

Fairly rocky and steep in spots, but well worth the effort!

hiking
2 months ago

Rewarding hike with wide somewhat steep trails. It took me 1.5 hours (I’m not a couch potato or a marathon runner; I land somewhere in the middle). Nice walkway to start with more rocks further up. Passed large boulder on right, then about 2/3 the way we passed a little meadow. Before crossing three streams, we saw a lookout on left. Well worth the 2 minute detour and path merged again with main trail. After passing three streams we came to sign in fork of trail, we went left and looked for little black rope on left. Would have been very easy to miss as it’s a tiny rope on a small trail. Amazing views at the end of that trail!

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike with amazing views. Pretty busy on Saturday mornings.

3 months ago

loved it, went Sunday morning and only passed a few people. I wouldn't give it a hard, moderate but not hard.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice hike, definitely an incline the entire hike. Disregard previous post about "keep to the left at all times".This piece of incorrect info cost me about 20 mins. of hiking wrong direction. Here are couple tips: continue hiking up trail until you see the Large Wooden Post Sign titled Dry Creek Trail and at that point, GO LEFT. literally 30 yards after you go left, you will see the small animal trail on the left with the black rope tied to a tree. it's a steep decline, use the rope. follow the animal trail for about 5 mins, you will hear the waterfall. Took me approx 1:10 to reach the waterfall. Steep incline entire hike, you will cross 3 streams on the way up the hike. the "meadow" is about 2/3 of the way to the Dry Creek Trail sign. You can't miss the sign.

3 months ago

Awesome hike, it is nearly a non-stop incline but the waterfall at the end is outstanding. you can get a peek at it worth about .5 mile to go but if you have gone that far go the rest of the way. it is well worth it. as you are hiking up the trail there is a sign that someone has scratched in the water fall direction to the left. If you go up that path about 30 yards there is a little path that goes down to the left. someone left a rope (Thank you to whoever did that as it made way easier down and up). the path from then on is really small. but once you clear the trees you start to hear the waterfall. then you clear the ridge and get your reward.

hiking
4 months 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.

4 months 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.

4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months 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.

4 months ago

Hard as balls!

4 months 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.

hiking
4 months ago

Love this place for hammocking.

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