Scenic views of a powerful waterfall, granite boulders and towering pines. Few crowds. Photographic possibilities abound, including the foliage and boulders at the base of the falls. 1.2 mile hike. 250 foot elevation gain.

109' tall Bassi Falls is located in the Crystal Basin area of the El Dorado National Forest. These gorgeous falls at peak Springtime flow crash over enormous boulders and the water sheets over huge, flat slabs of granite. It is located off a rural, pot-holed dirt road (high clearance vehicles recommended) . Afternoon is a preferable time to photograph here, since the light will be hitting the falls, and if you're lucky, you'll witness rainbows as well.

On Highway 50, east of Pollock Pines, head north on Ice House Road for approximately 15 miles, until you cross Big Silver Creek, east of Union Valley Reservoir. Turn right onto the first dirt road, heading left at the first fork. After approximately 1.5 miles, the dirt road terminates to a dead end parking area where the trail is clearly marked, and you will hear the powerful falls from the trailhead approximately 1/2 mile away!

There is also a steep climb to the top of the falls, to (carefully) witness Bassi Creek hurtling over the edge.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Polarized Filter
  • Water resistant footwear and clothing
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Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring
Features
Dog Friendly
Forest
River
Scenic
Waterfall

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about 1 month ago

Wonderful place to go

I went to the Bassi Falls which was located in the El Dorado county.It was a great place to visit.Drove along the way,the scenery was wonderful.And it was a easy hike.It only took 15 minuets to get to the falls from the parking area.I climbed the rocks to the middle of the falls.I felt and saw the water splashed on my face;breathed the air over there,that was fantastic.I planed to get to the top of the falls,but began raining,so I decided to go home.However ,when I started to drive,the rain stopped.I should have gone to the top.I felt so regret about that.I might go camping here next time.

12 months ago

Perfect

Short hike. Lots of room to find a private space. Opportunity to swim. Dog friendly. Beautiful.

Amazing

All the snow is melting so the water is so abundant and powerful! It's so beautiful 10/10 recommend


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