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Trip Date:  09/16/2011

: 4.0 Miles

Vertical Gain: 750'

Group Size: 3

Hike Rating:  Easy   Moderate    Hard    Strenuous
Horsetail Falls Trail Route
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Horsetail Falls Trail Elevation Profile
Start Coordinates:   N 38 48.692, W 120 07.432     End Coordinates:   Same as Start Coordinates  
Car Shuttle Req'd:   No Parking Directions:   Take Highway 50 to the parking area for Pyramid Creek Trailhead at the coordinates indicated.
Hazards of Note:   None. Crowd Factor:   Busy.  Most of the trail below the falls will be very busy with many people exploring the area.
General Notes:
This is an easy hike to the base of the falls, with a couple of different ways you can go to access the base of Horsetail falls.  There are many marked (with rock cairns) routes up on the left side of the falls, which will eventually get you to the top and Avalanche Lake, which is the immediate source of Horsetail falls.  This is a very difficult cross country trail and should only be attempted by skilled individuals.

Dustin and Tristan near the start of the falls hike. Near the start of the Horsetail Falls trail
The top of Horsetail Falls appearing near the start of the hike. Top of Horsetail Falls from below
Myself at the start of the hike. Me at the start of the hike
Lover's Leap from along the trail. Lovers Leap from trail
Looking across Highway 50 toward Lew's Folly. Lew's Folly
Lover's Leap from along the trail. Lower part of falls
Looking back down Horsetail Canyon from the trail. Looking back down canyon
Near the base of the falls. Falls from near the base
Tristan and Dustin near the falls. Tristan and Dustin near the falls
A look at the upper part of the falls. Upper part of the falls
GPS track of the hike. GPS track of the hike