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

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nature trips

rock climbing

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

horseback riding

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.

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14 days 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.

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21 days ago

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

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28 days 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!

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29 days ago

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1 month ago

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

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1 month ago

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

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1 month 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.

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1 month 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.

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2 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.