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Hike Report - Horsestail falls

Took a weekend off from riding and took my son Gage up to Twin Bridges on Hwy 50. The falls there, Horsetail falls has a great hiking trail that turn into some rock climbing along the falls.
We headed up Saturday morning arriving at the trail head about 0930, it was already warming up but not to bad. The trail starts very easy but soon your climbing up large slopes of granite along the river. The scenery is exceptional and the water crystal clear.
Gage started off the climb very energetic but as some of the pictures show was running out of gas by the time we got half way up. He was sucking water and just about well done by the top. As for my self I hid the fact the I was sucking wind most of the way up but it was the hike back down that did my legs/knees in.
This area is considered Desolation wilderness and is very much back country, in the morning there were only a few out on the trail. By afternoon there were quiet a few day hikers out but unlike the crowed National Park this place is very peaceful.
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Thanks for the post, John. I used to hang out in the Desolation Wilderness Area when I was in the Navy more years ago than I can remember and your photos brought back pleasant memories of great views, great hikes and some tasty trout dinners.

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Nice pics. Surprised they're still running that well, from Placerville, it looks like all the snow is gone!

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Nice pics John, Looks like a few good swimming holes for when its hot out. Your son has a tag hanging on his chest, Is that some sort of license/permit?

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Yes - Thats the NF back country wilderness permit - Day Pass. You can fill it out at the trail head boundary of the desolation wilderness.
Basically it's a toe tag when the find your remains - That or a menu for the bears.

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I have done that hike many times and never get tired of it. The hike down is MUCH worse on your legs and ankles then the hike up. Not too many people make it to the top so congratulations. The lake (Avalanche Lake) at the top is beautiful and if you continue just a bit farther you come to Pitt Lake and just past that you will see a dam and another lake called Ropi Lake that is stunning. The dam was built in 1914 up there.
Here's a really cool tip that a lot of people don't know about!!! If anyone wants to hike in to all the great lakes without the big hike up Horsetail Falls you can go to Echo Lakes and they have a water taxi that takes you in about 2 miles so you can get to all the lakes mentioned with about an hour of easy walking.

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Horsetail Falls

I got winded just looking at those pics John...Awesome hike!!

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