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“Awesome hike, worth the trip to the top of the falls”
Review of Horsetail Falls

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Owner description: 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.
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 get to the top. Be forewarned there is no clear pathway up the falls, if you keep the falls to your right and scramble up the large granite boulders it is possible to make it up without too much difficulty. The lake at the top is very beautiful. If you plan to attempt this hike to the top, be sure to get an early start to allow time to enjoy the beautiful landscape at the top of the falls. BE CAREFUL!!! Some of the hike can be dangerous, and make sure you have proper gear. i.e. hiking boots and plenty of water.

4  Thank Nick V
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Reviewed 7 November 2011

Very nice area, and awesome reviews. But are all of you jerks just screwing with the rest of us?? Sure, the walk to the base of the falls is pretty, and fine for family & kids. But while so many reviews cavalierly describe a "moderately" challenging scramble to the top of the falls, and into the Desolation wilderness area, there is NO reasonable route to the top of the falls. A half dozen attempts on my part all ended up at the base of 100+ foot cliffs or chimney structures impassible by all by hard core climbers with serious gear. Very frustrating. If your experience is different, please give some of us a clue. All else, be forwarned. Not nearly as easy as advertised.

18  Thank dougsouthshore
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Reviewed 29 August 2011

Good day hike with spectacular view of the Horsetail falls and plenty of cool water pools. Kids had fun in the water. We hiked all the way to the Wilderness trail. We took a permit that is needed for the hike. We did not go to the top of the falls, thought it was a little too risky for us and with family waiting down, maybe some other day. On the whole the entire hike took close to 2 hours to get a spectacular view of the Horsetail Falls. On the way back, the kids played for sometime in one of the many Cool water pools that were formed due to the falls. On the whole the great way to spend the day hiking. It is close to an hours drive from Folsom CA. Look out for the Pyramid Creek Trail Parking lot that is located on the left side when you go from US 50 E. Lot of sites tell us to goto Pyramid Creek Road and that is not the correct place to go if we have to hike to the falls. Our GPS did get Horsetail Falls Parking and we selected that address. If not just look out for Pyramid Creek Trail parking lot.

2  Thank Sudhir_Folsom
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Reviewed 28 July 2011

This place is awesome. Explore forever. Scramble in and along the river. Backpack in your lunch and enjoy amazing scenery. Water is COLD.

1  Thank PEHOWARD
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Reviewed 10 August 2003

Take this hike. It's pretty and good for the kids, good swimming too.

3  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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