Hike Horsetail Falls

Horsetail Falls Trailhead

Activities

Photography, Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Added by

Brian Walker

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Distance: 2.8 miles roundtrip. Elevation gain: 700 ft. Great views of beautiful surroundings. Short but difficult workout.

Great views are waiting for you at the top of Horsetail Falls. Pyramid Creek flows down the steep, glacier carved granite faces of Desolation Wilderness to create this awesome waterfall that is estimated to be about 800 feet tall.

You will follow Pyramid Creek up the granite rocks to the top of the falls – note that this is a short, but difficult hike.

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The crystal clear water was a great end to a hard hike.

It was hard, but it was an awesome experience to jump in the water at the bottom of the falls and have the water rush you out.

Spend some time at the waterfalls

This hike on a hot day can be wonderful once you make it to the waterfalls and jump in, the water is ice cold but totally worth it!

Scramble all the way to the top!

It's a bit challenging and sketchy in a few sections but the scramble to the top of the falls and the lakes up above is totally worth it! Once you get up there you'll find a lot of solitude and a basin full of lakes and streams to explore. This can easily turn a short hike into an all day excursion.

Activities

Photography, Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Added by

Brian Walker

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