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Beautiful Views

The trail is not well maintained or marked. We followed Pyramid creek and discovered small... read more

Reviewed September 7, 2018
Silver City, Nevada

Nice short hike to the base of the falls. Moderate to easy, lots of places to rest if need be. In... read more

Reviewed July 25, 2018
Bridget G
Alexandria VA, United States
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Sep 7, 2018
“Beautiful Views”
Jul 25, 2018
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 September 7, 2018

The trail is not well maintained or marked. We followed Pyramid creek and discovered small ponds and waterfalls. Tranquil and beautiful. We climbed up and over rocks and tree trunks but not all the way to the falls. It was a good hike with beautiful...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed July 25, 2018

Nice short hike to the base of the falls. Moderate to easy, lots of places to rest if need be. In spots the primary trail is difficult to discern from many worn next-to side trails by visitors. No worries ... all get you there. Parking...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Bridget G
Reviewed August 5, 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

Date of experience: August 2016
2  Thank D331VPerica
Reviewed July 24, 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

Date of experience: July 2016
6  Thank Carrie K
Reviewed June 30, 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

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank Do S
Reviewed July 21, 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!

Date of experience: July 2015
Thank Julianne E
Reviewed May 6, 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

Date of experience: May 2015
3  Thank Richard B
Reviewed August 19, 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

Date of experience: August 2014
3  Thank IrishLori
Reviewed July 19, 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

Date of experience: July 2014
3  Thank Kristin0465
Reviewed November 2, 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

Date of experience: December 2012
5  Thank goopygeer
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September 9, 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