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Home - Hiking - Horsetail Falls

Horsetail Falls (and beyond)

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Directions - Head over Echo Summit. The Horsetail Falls Trailhead is 7 miles from the summit, on the right. There is a fee for parking.

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Patronize the good peeps at the Strawberry Station General Store or enjoy Apres at the Strawberry Lodge.

Recommended Gear

Hiking Shoes
GPS Device
Hydration Pack


The Horsetail Falls hike is one of the most scenic in the Lake Tahoe area, if you go to the top of the falls. If you go to the base of the falls it's still an excellent way to spend an afternoon. The creek has many pools in which you can swim though the water is very cold until mid summer. Even half way up the falls there are places you can take a dip in the late summer when the water is low.
Caution- Many have died here wading just a bit too far into the water. The bottom is slippery and even when the water is low, it can be quite overpowering.
When you reach the base of the falls the trail will all but disappear. At some points there will be green or yellow arrows on the rocks to mark the way. The granite slabs here are quite steep and this hike is not for the timid. The easiest routes take you away from the falls until you reach the top, at Avalanche Lake. This is your reward. One would be hard pressed to find a more beautiful alpine lake anywhere. There are no less than four small streams flowing into this shallow lake, which does get quite warm from mid summer on. There are many more small lakes or pools right in this area and exploring is highly recommended. This route can also access Pyramid Peak, Lake Aloha, and Lake of the Woods ( see map). Whichever path you decide to take, it's an all day affair and comfort is important. Since you don't need pockets (you remembered your pack right?) a good pair of running shorts can  keep you cool and comfie. Plus they dry much faster should you decide to take a dip in one of the many lakes along the way. Find the best shorts for you at RunnerClick.

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