Hike Horsetail Falls
Lake Tahoe › Horsetail Falls Trailhead
Added by Brian Walker
- 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.
- Hiking boots
- Day pack
- Extra layers
- Swimming attire
- Hiking poles (optional)
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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.
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