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Incredible hike along a rushing stream with lots of pools to swim in along the way!

Horsetail Falls is an incredible place. The trail is marked pretty well for the first quarter mile... read more

Reviewed 6 August 2016
Eric A
First part - easy. Second part - you might die.

I gave the hike 4 stars because it was beautiful and challenging. I didn't give it 5 stars because... read more

Reviewed 25 July 2016
Carrie K
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This moderate to difficult hiking trail provides scenic views of the mountain peaks and a magnificent waterfall. Caution is advised regarding the treacherously slippery rock slabs in the stream and near the falls.
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Reviewed 6 August 2016

Horsetail Falls is an incredible place. The trail is marked pretty well for the first quarter mile, but after that it opens up to a massive, wide open hike/climb over huge granite masses that make up the mountain. It is a pretty easy hike, my...More

1  Thank Eric A
Reviewed 25 July 2016

I gave the hike 4 stars because it was beautiful and challenging. I didn't give it 5 stars because at some points I felt like I wasn't hiking - I was rock climbing! If you plan on going to the top of the falls, you...More

4  Thank Carrie K
Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

My husband and I, both 58, attempted to hike to the bottom of the falls. We are easy to moderate hikers and although we didn't find the hike overly strenuous, we found ourselves lost constantly and finally gave up and never made it to the...More

Thank Do S
Reviewed 22 July 2015 via mobile

This hike is beautiful and has pools to swim in all along the trail. The trail is easy to lose though make sure to follow the stacked rocks!

Thank Julianne E
Reviewed 7 May 2015

Lots of wide open granite rocks, but also some nice wooded trails. Great views if Desolation Wilderness and Sierra Mountains. Trails not always marked, but you can't get lost - you're either going up or down. $5 to park or free off side of highway....More

3  Thank Richard B
Reviewed 19 August 2014

We had 4 adults, 3 kids from ages10 to 17 and a dog with us. The views were beautiful and you had frequent water views during the hike which is nice. The falls at the (almost) top were stunning. On the way back we stopped...More

3  Thank IrishLori
Reviewed 20 July 2014

This hike is about 25 minutes up hwy 50 from South Tahoe. Apparently if you hike all the way to the top of the falls it takes 4+ hours and there is a small lake up there that is feeding the falls. We hiked up...More

2  Thank Kristin0465
Reviewed 3 November 2013

I drove by here many times, every time saying I was going to hike up there... After ten years, I finally got around to it... Had breakfast in Placerville at Mel's Diner first... We took a backpack with water and sandwiches for the hike... I'm...More

4  Thank goopygeer
Reviewed 20 June 2013

This is one of those spots that will forever live in my minds eye. The smooth hike over house-sized boulders and bedrock, the warmth from laying on those rocks in the summer evenings, the starry nights. The rushing, icy, crystal clear carving itself into the...More

5  Thank PapaSunna
Reviewed 9 January 2013

There is much to see while hiking through the Desolation Wilderness. The views from the top of the falls are amazing. The hike from the base to the top of the falls is rather difficult. It took my group and I roughly 3 hours to...More

4  Thank Nick V
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10 September 2016|
Response from Do S | Reviewed this property |
Parking lot is a small pay lot that holds about 20-25 cars ($5.00) self pay kiosk. We got there around 9-10 am and there were many spots available but when we finally returned hours later it was pretty full. Even though... More