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“Great Family Hike”
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 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. Bathrooms, bring food.

Note: TripAdvisor heading says it's in NV - but it's not, it's in CA.

3  Thank Richard B
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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 at one of the pools to take a dip, quite brisk to say the least but refreshing too. I'm glad I was brave enough to inch all the way in. A fun experience.

3  Thank IrishLori
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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 to the point where we could see it totally cascading down the granite mountains. About 1 1/2 hours up. It was a great hike. Plenty hot during the day, but lots of water to cool off in. A majority of the hike is within 100 feet of the river/falls coming down. There were lots of places to get in and play in the water. There is one amazing cascading waterfall to stop and play in. The water comes rushing down this a wide sloping area and it was so beautiful. This area of the hike was only about 1/4 to 1/2 miles up the trail. Not bad if that’s as far as you want to go, plus you still get plenty of chances to view the big falls coming over the mountain. The only bummer on this hike for us was that my 13 year old, who was leading us back down the mountain, nearly stepped on a rattlesnake that was slithering across the trail. I know we are in their lands, and are pretty much all over these mountain that we all play in, but we sure didn’t want to see one. It totally FREAKED her out (rightfully so) and she was an anxiety mess for about the next 3 days.

3  Thank Kristin0465
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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 glad I did it...
This is also a tributary for the south fork of the American River...
And there is a lake at the top of the falls, with another waterfall behind that lake...
Worth a day trip!!

4  Thank goopygeer
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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 bedrock, body-shooting (careful now) some minor rapids, laying next to the waterfall where the sound plays strange, eerie tricks on your mind. All within an hour of the parking lot but a wilderness away. Take a hike, spend the night. Really want a show??? Go August 10-13, 2013 to catch the Perseids meteor shower.

5  Thank PapaSunna
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