• Activities:

    Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

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Waterfall
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Distance: 2.8 miles roundtrip. Elevation gain: 700 ft. Great views of beautiful surroundings. Short but difficult workout.

Great views are waiting for you at the top of Horsetail Falls. Pyramid Creek flows down the steep, glacier carved granite faces of Desolation Wilderness to create this awesome waterfall that is estimated to be about 800 feet tall.

You will follow Pyramid Creek up the granite rocks to the top of the falls – note that this is a short, but difficult hike.

Pack List

  • Hiking boots
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Day pack
  • Extra layers
  • Swimming attire
  • Camera
  • Hiking poles (optional)
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This hike on a hot day can be wonderful once you make it to the waterfalls and jump in, the water is ice cold but totally worth it!

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

It's a bit challenging and sketchy in a few sections but the scramble to the top of the falls and the lakes up above is totally worth it! Once you get up there you'll find a lot of solitude and a basin full of lakes and streams to explore. This can easily turn a short hike into an all day excursion.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Very beautiful but there is no defined trail. I really enjoyed it as it allows you to explore different paths. Dog friendly and I'm definitely coming back with my camera.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

There is no clear defined trail. At times the trail will split or disappear, then you'll find it again after navigating over some rocks or tree roots. Just keep on a trail near the creek and it'll get you there.

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

Climb down the rocks to swim at the base of the waterfall!

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

Brian Walker

Lake Tahoe native exploring everything around the area with my camera in tow, even on my days off! www.brianwalkerphoto.com

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