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Horsetail Falls Trail is a 4.6 mile heavily 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.

Length 4.6 mi Elevation gain 1,617 ft 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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Jordan Wall
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Running

The Waterfall at the end is great when you're at the bottom of it. There is great view when you are on top as well. The trail does have some slick dirt which makes it a little hard for trail running.

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selva T
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Kevin Reilly
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Paige Anderson
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Hiking

Incline & butt burner but totally doable. Well shaded in the morning/early afternoon. Beautiful views!!! After you see the “falls” sign at the top about 15’ to the left is the trail to the waterfall. Dog friendly :)

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Christi Meacham
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Beautiful views. so worth it!!

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Alyson Lawson
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I do not recommend doing this with a child strapped to your chest. Hard means Effing HARD.

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Mackenzie Mellen
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First 2/3 is considerably easier than the last stretch. Getting down to the falls is very steep but well worth it.

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Tim Farrell
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Bruce Hansen
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Shannon Cox
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Hiking

Beautiful. Not much break in the steepness. Great hike. Leaves starting to change.

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Chris Pyne
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Much steeper than I expected but the view was so worth it.

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Brenden Powell
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Art Tsubaki
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Go in the morning with shade!

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Bailey Wolf
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Falls are gorgeous and perfect to visit on a hot day. The trail itself is pretty unremarkable. Just uphill and dusty!

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Karina Labrum
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Lots of rocks, steep all the way but worth it

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Tyson Cush
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Chandler Hancock
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Awesome hike! Very uphill and not a ton of shade so go in the morning. But so worth it once you get to the waterfall. Popular trail so usually always people on it.

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Paola Madrid
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Love the pools up there and the view was pretty. Make sure you go early morning to avoid the summer heat. I went at 12pm and it was too hot.

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Jason Nielsen
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Great trail. Waterfall and pools above amd below are beautiful. 1st quarter mile or so is in the sun, then the rest is in the shade until the waterfall turnoff. Trail is consistently steep (35-45 degrees uphill). Much cooler in the morning, but the shade makes it doable even when hot (I went up once on a 100+ degree day and was fine), just take plenty of water. The trail at the end is a bit confusing, so look for the sign at the fork in the road, then go left at the fork about 30 feet. Then you will see what looks like erosion cutting away at the trail to the left. Go left there (it had a rope/hose leading down) and just follow the path(s) for 30 yards or so until you see the waterfall. We ran down, which makes it much nicer on the knees and feet.

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Jaime Dealba
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steady climb. went at noon, but most of the trail was luckily in the shade. poorly marked. luckily i read someone else's review as to where to turn off to get to the falls. (right after the only sign there, on the left). but the falls are SO GREAT! bring some snacks/lunch/swim suit to lounge once you get there.

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Angie Stevens
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Nice trail. Crowded

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Martha Holt
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Hard to find falls at the end. Hang a left at the sign, then another left down a steep trail to the falls.

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Dustin Olson
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Very steep but what a beautiful trail with great views.

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Veronica Ellis
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The trail is rated as moderate however I found it more challenging you’re on a constant climb with no breaks. If you have bad knees or perhaps inclines are challenging bringing hiking poles could assist on the way down my legs are trembling. I am an avid hiker I loved the challenge however I believe the trail should be rated as hard.The waterfall is beautiful and some of the streams are dried up but towards the top my dogs did find relief with a couple live streams the views were gorgeous and it is well worth it it took me about an hour and a half to get to the top stopping a few

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Emma Gonzalez
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It was steadily steep but totally worth it, took me about an hour to get to the falls

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Ginger Scurti
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Steep hike up. Nice shaded areas. Great views and the falls were amazing at the end! A couple of small stream crossings. I was by myself but There were young kids on the trail as well! An Afternoon start was not the best decision I’ve ever made.

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