Horsetail Falls

Twin Bridges, California

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Sacramentans desiring to view one of the most scenic waterfalls in the Sierra Nevada need only drive a short distance up Hwy 50 and hike 1.5 miles to visit spectacular Horsetail Falls. Easily one of the top 10 waterfalls in California, Horsetail competes with the falls of Yosemite Valley when it comes to scenic grandeur. Unfortunately, it also competes with Yosemite Valley in terms of crowds and parking fees. But its proximity to Sacramento and its easy access are hard to beat. Even if you don’t make it all the way to the base of the falls, the cascades on lower Pyramid Creek make for a fine family outing.

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"Sacramentans desiring to view one of the most scenic waterfalls in the Sierra Nevada need only drive a short distance up Hwy 50 and hike 1.5 miles to visit spectacular Horsetail Falls. Easily one of the top 10 waterfalls in California, Horsetail competes with the falls of Yosemite Valley when it comes to scenic grandeur. Unfortunately, it also competes with Yosemite Valley in terms of crowds and parking fees. But its proximity to Sacramento and its easy access are hard to beat. Even if you don’t make it all the way to the base of the falls, the cascades on lower Pyramid Creek make for a fine family outing."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Twin Bridges
Distance: 3
Elevation Gain: 560 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Season: Best: June-October
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Eldorado National Forest and Desolation Wilderness
Local Maps: USGS Pyramid Peak, Echo Lake

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Horsetail falls are a beautiful must see trail for anyone traveling on the 50 corridor, but the hike to the very top is not for everyone. You can hike to middle falls on a safe trail to beautiful vistas. However, the trail from middle falls to the top is not well marked, very steep and you are either bouldering or scrambling, sometimes up and down very steep granite and rock. If you go all the way up, stay closer to the water vs veering off to the left. It gets much steeper if you turn left too soon! There are great lakes behind the falls once you reach the top and the views and acccess to pyramid are great!
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