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Trip Date:  03/13/2014

: 6.0 Miles

Vertical Gain: 600'

Group Size: 3
Hike Rating:  Easy   Moderate   Hard   Strenuous
Bassi Falls Hike
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Bassi Falls Elevation Profile
Start Coordinates:   N 38 52.826  W 120 21.646     End Coordinates:   Same as Start Coordinates  
Car Shuttle Req'd:   No Parking Directions:   Take Highway 50 to Ice House Road.  You will pass Ice House reservoir and park at a small lot about 15 miles along Ice House after a tight turn to your left.
Hazards of Note:   Wet, slippery rocks along the river.
Cross-country hiking required to get to the top of the falls.
A long drop-off if hiking to the top of the falls.
Crowd Factor:   Very busy on weekends.  There is a parking area only 3/4 mile from the waterfall which many people use to get to this location.
General Notes:
Cross the road from the parking area and begin heading up the dirt road toward the falls.  You will bend to the right after about 4/10 of a mile, and then look for the small sign on your left another 2/10 of a mile that is the start of the actual trail.  If you get to the camping area you have missed it and need to go back and look again for the trail.  
The entire way there are relatively new markers in the trees to guide you along the trail.
About a mile and a half along the way is a nice viewpoint off to the right with the falls visible in the distance ahead of you.

Some ice crystals formed early along the trail. Ice crystals on trail
The very first small cascade we reached on the trek.
First cascade we reached
Lots of water along the creek this trip. More cascading
The lower falls in its full glory Mark at the lower falls
First look at the upper falls from a distance.
Upper Bassi Falls
Pretty impressive water flow today.
Upper Bassi Falls
Myself stopped at the base of the upper Bassi Falls.
Myself at the base of upper falls
Mark and Tristan paused near the top of the falls.
Mark and Tristan
Peaceful rest stop near the end of the hike.
Looking down the falls
Tristan finding some 'glass' to break at the top.
Ice sheets
Julia and Phil near the lower falls.
Julia and Phil
Doug and Greg taking a break along the trail.
Doug and Greg
Alex and Sierra at the top falls.
Alex and Sierra
Greg and Sierra at the top of Bassi Falls.
Greg and Sierra
GPS Track of the full hike.   GPS Track of Hike