Horsetail Falls Trail

MODERATE 792 reviews

Horsetail Falls Trail is a 3.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Alpine, Utah that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. 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: 3.9 miles Elevation Gain: 1,617 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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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.

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rocky
3 days ago

First, don’t think you missed the turn to the falls at two miles. It’s closer to 2.2 miles to the left of the sign in the middle of the trail. Beautiful Falls area!

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rocky
3 days ago

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rocky
3 days ago

Pretty trail, very rocky. All the water is near the end of the trail. There are many offshoots that may lead down to the creek that you can hear from the trail, but we didn't try. The rocks are very slippery near the falls, even the dry ones so be very careful!

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rocky
5 days ago

The hike is nothing spectacular. Steep. Trail is rocky a lot of places. the waterfall on the other hand is fantastic! hiked up behind it to some cool ponds and small waterfalls. Only saw a few people; probably because it was 3pm & 98 degrees. would recommend going early. Didn't see any snakes.

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8 days ago

Awesome hike. Definitely straight up hill. The falls are gorgeous. Very shaded so it makes for a great hike any time of the day.

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12 days ago

Shaded trail most of the time! Straight uphill for the most part, about 2 miles up. I did encounter a bobcat, so be on the lookout. Really beautiful waterfall!

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16 days ago

Ran out of sun. Had to come down early.

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19 days ago

Somewhat steep. I'd say this trail is similar in both time and challenge to the lower falls at bells canyon. Make sure you are somewhat prepared for breathing.

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25 days ago

Beautiful

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25 days ago

This would be a good trail for those under 40 and in reasonable good shape. This is not a moderate hike and not suitable for those 65 and over unless you are in excellent health and decent condition, as it is rather rocky and quite steep in many places. Expect to spend 1 1/2 to 2 hours hiking to the falls. You can reach a meadow in 45 minutes to one hour. If your looking for a moderate hike, try Battle Creek falls in Pleasant Grove.

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26 days ago

I am always looking for dog friendly trails and this one was great! Definitely an incline the whole way up. I thought it was a pretty good workout but kids definitely were rocking the trail and even passed me at one point haha. It was mostly shaded but I definitely recommend hitting this trail earlier in the morning it was pretty hot.

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26 days ago

Beautiful views at the end! We got a good workout with the steep climb and rocky trail.

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rocky
27 days ago

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27 days ago

Beautiful, shaded, and a great pace!

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rocky
28 days ago

Beautiful Ending at the falls. Definitely worth going all the way to the falls. Watch closely for the turn off. I’m a slow hiker, but hike often and would consider this a hard hike with the elevation and rocky path.

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29 days ago

Beautiful hike, gorgeous falls! Constant incline so be fueled up, and have lots of water. I can see how people would get confused on where to get to the falls, just watch for the drop off on the left with the black rope once you’re around the 2 mile mark.

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29 days ago

Great trail. Took 3 hours with 5 and 7 year olds. But they stayed entertained and loved the falls

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1 month ago

Great hike. Hot and fun!!

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1 month ago

Beautiful hike but definitely a workout.

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rocky
1 month ago

great hike! the start doesn't have any shade but the rest is well shaded. It's a great workout!

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rocky
1 month ago

Incredible hike. Would definitely recommend. We got a good workout

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1 month ago

Great trail! Uphill most of the way to the falls and you will be crossing some narrow logs and walking through some wet, muddy paths. I went a month ago and the falls was roaring.

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1 month ago

Great hike, not very difficult at all. It is up all the way but the falls are beautiful and we saw plenty of young kids hiking the trail! Plenty of shade along the way and we will definitely take this trail again. It is a great visitor hike.

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1 month ago

One of our favorites!

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1 month ago

Amazing hike. The waterfall was awesome. First hike of the year for our fam. We are dead tired after. Mom, Dad, and five kids 15, 13, 11, 8, and 3. All made it but the youngest three complained a little at times and the 2 year old we carried up and down. This is a beautiful hike. Plenty of shade and things to see.

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1 month ago

The trail is well-maintained and isn’t too steep. I agree with the moderate ranking. The first part of the trail is exposed but the majority is shaded. I went last Friday and part of the trail was covered with water, which was really cool. Be sure to check out the top of the falls!

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1 month ago

Gorgeous Hike, the waterfalls are breathtaking. Definitely worth the steep 2 Mile hike!

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1 month ago

This hike is a butt kicker, and the reward is beyond worth it! Beautiful hike up. Loose rock along the way, so be prepared to watch your step a lot. Shaded most of the way. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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rocky
1 month ago

Very nice hike. I went with my daughter on a Sunday. Minimal traffic, 50% shade. It was fun and refreshing wading through a little water (to my knees at the highest point). Several great photo opps. This trail is not well marked along the way. After you see the one wooden sign, go left and down a little alcove, not up like I did at first. Overall beautiful and fun hike!

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