A friend of a friend recommended this trail to us however we haven't done our due diligence before this hike. We came not knowing anything of this trail. Horsetail Falls is nothing short of beautiful! The view, the sound of the creek running and the earthy scent of pine trees makes all the hard work well worth it! What I enjoyed and hated most altogether is that the trails aren't clearly marked. We've climbed up and gotten lost twice almost quitting because each time, the climb was steep that got us already so tired. Luckily, 3 young men who knew exactly where the trail is, came to our rescue. What would've been a moderate hike became a difficult one for us because of the wrong false trails we followed. Along the way, you will see 2 or more smaller cascades of clear water. All is immediately forgive though as soon as we reached the bottom of the water falls. There's a few pools of very clear water that our company dove into. The was cold but they seem to enjoy the quick swim. The 3 young men almost talked us into hiking about 40 mins more towards the lake at the top of the waterfalls. We agreed however was immediately discouraged at the steepness of the climb heading there. We simply weren't prepared to make that extra climb.
I thoroughly enjoyed this hike! The almost trail-less experience made me feel as though I'm discovering a magical place for the very first time! I love the challenge of the hike and I especially enjoyed the clear Creek and water falls! Plus, it wasn't crowded at all!
P.S. Bring extra water and snacks! I highly recommend NOT going here when it's raining or if it rained the day before. The hike involves going through huge granite that I imagine can be slippery at times. There is a $5 parking fee. Dogs are allowed off leash however not encouraged.
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