The entire area is gorgeous and easily accessible. The hiking trail beginnings at a parking lot along Highway 50 about 1 hour and 30 minutes from Sacramento, California and 25 minutes from Lake Tahoe. The hike is classified as easy-moderate and involves no major rock climbing. I suggest climbing in the summer as you can have a great picnic and dip in the small pools that are generated by the falls. Speaking of taking a dip, I did just that in what felt like well below 50 degree water. Enjoy…
To climb to the top, which I haven’t done, would take about an hour and a half without stopping. The dangers are limited. There are mountain lions and snakes, but with the amount of foot traffic that goes through there, most dangers stay away.
I have provided some of the pictures I took on the hike my girlfriend and I took.
Side bonus: If you are up there during the fall, drive 30 minutes down to Apple Hill for all the harvest festivals with homemade apple pies, pumpkin patches, BBQ food, kids activities and so much more. After a hike through horsetail falls, you deserve to treat yourself. (Below is a picture of the apple tree parking spots)
Have a good one…