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“Unbelievable beauty for experienced hikers ”

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Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

I did this hike with children and a teenager. Some of the aspects that might frustrate less adventurous adults were what made this trail so exciting for them, so I recommend giving it a try if you have older children or teens. For example, the trail isn't well marked in some places but they loved scouting around for markers. I used the waterfall as a loose trail guide to make sure we didn't wander too far afield. They also enjoyed scrambling over the rocks and logs on the path so much that they didn't want to stop hiking until we reached the base of the falls, even though this adult was getting seriously exhausted! But short rest stops to dangle my feet in pools of clear mountain water while listening to the roaring waterfall reenergized me. If you have knee problems or can't hike far, you might still be able to enjoy the lower falls which are not too far from the parking lot.
Tip: there's a small parking lot at the trailhead, parking costs $5

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Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

We went with our 4, 8 and 10 year olds on July 4th. Got there at 11am and the parking lot to the trailhead was full. FYI - it's a $5 permit fee to park in there. We ended up parking about .2 miles down on the side of the road. The beginning of the trail has 2 bathrooms with pit toilets. Try to go beforehand to avoid using them.

We were lucky there were a lot of people on the trail. Even with gps, i had trouble staying on the trail. There are plenty of ways to get to the falls, just keep heading towards it and look out for the occasional cairn (stacked rocks). There is a lot of rock scrambling and some places you need to balance on a log or wood to cross water. The kids did it fine though.

I heard a local say it's the strongest he's ever seen the falls, so go ASAP! Lots of photo ops at the falls. Places for kids to play along the way although the currents were really strong. Shade is on and off, so bring lots of water if it's warm/hot.

This is a wonderful hike less than 30 mins from South Lake Tahoe!

Thank Timothy Y
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Reviewed 27 June 2017

After a banner year of rain and snowfall (200% of average), the snowmelt in late June made for a very swollen creek (more like a river). Some sections of the creek had shallow pools and slower diversions where little ones could wade in and play (with supervision of course). Trail hard to follow at times but it was easy enough to follow the creek upstream for most of the way. Hiking poles very helpful when crossing wet areas. About an hour in, hiking became steeper and more challenging so we stopped to admire the falls, have a snack and return. Go early and on a weekday to avoid crowds and a full parking lot. $5 parking fee at trailhead, only one pit toilet (of three) was open (on a Monday) and wilderness permits are recommended even for day use hikers (about 30 minutes up the trail). Two hours was all we needed to get some great exercise, pictures and a good dose of fresh air and gorgeous scenery! A must-see!

Thank KarenR456
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Reviewed 14 November 2016

If you have the time, you can hike all the way to Horsetail Falls. If you have less time, you can enjoy the shorter Pyramid Creek loop, while still enjoying the view of Horsetail Falls. We went in November 2016; thanks to the 490% above average rainfall in October, there was (lots of) water, water everywhere! Bring cash for parking. Wear Layers. We'd love to hike here again!

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Reviewed 10 September 2016

i highly recommend this hike. its only bout 2+ miles total not to strenous in most of the trail. very scenic fall the climb to the top of the fall was challenging but well worth it. there is a self pay $5 parking fee. It can be a day hike esp. if you are hiking to the top. on a hot day its good to take adip too

Thank Solo H
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