Bassi Falls

Placerville, California

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A short hike leads to the welcoming expanse of sunny slabs that spreads below the stair-step drop of Bassi Falls. Located on the Bassi Fork of Big Silver Creek, Bassi Falls spills into a channel on a rolling terrace of granite open to the sun and sky. The surrounding ridges are shaded with ponderosa pines and incense cedar, which also hide the reservoirs—Ice House and Union Valley—that draw visitors to this remote locale on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada. A scattering of cedar and pine also finds purchase on the rocky borders of the waterfall, which arcs down a broken cliff face before disappearing into the boulders at its base.
Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

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Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

by Tracy Salcedo-Chourré (Falcon Guides)

A short hike leads to the welcoming expanse of sunny slabs that spreads below the stair-step drop of Bassi Falls. Located on the Bassi Fork of Big Silver Creek, Bassi Falls spills into a channel on a rolling terrace of granite open to the sun and sky.

The surrounding ridges are shaded with ponderosa pines and incense cedar, which also hide the reservoirs—Ice House and Union Valley—that draw visitors to this remote locale on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada. A scattering of cedar and pine also finds purchase on the rocky borders of the waterfall, which arcs down a broken cliff face before disappearing into the boulders at its base.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Placerville
Distance: 1.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2-4 hours
Season: Year-round
Features: Waterfalls
Local Contacts: Eldorado National Forest, Forest Supervisor’s Office, 100 Forni Rd., Placerville, CA 95667; (530) 622-5061; www.fs.usda.gov/main/eldorado/home
Local Maps: USGS Loon Lake CA
Driving Directions: Directions to Bassi Falls

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