Carpooling - 7:00 am
Trailhead Parking Lot - 8:00 am
Waterfall - 10:45 am
Back to Parking Lot - 12:30 pm
Directions: Horsetail Falls Trail Northern Route on AllTrails
Activities: Horsetail Falls Trail is a 4.6 miles out-and-back trail that is rated as difficult. Although it is a steep uphill trail, it's an excellent woodland waterfall hike. The parking lot is located just above the Alpine Rodeo Fairgrounds. When you pull into the parking lot, there are no signs for Horsetail Falls, only the Deer Creek to Dry Creek sign. After 20 minutes up the trail, you enter a forest of tall pines, which is great for shade in the summer. Continue up the trail until you see the meadow. It is a slanted steep meadow (easily recognized), which means you're 2/3 of the way there. Continue up the trail to cross two streams with log bridges. The views of the valley are spectacular. After that, you will see a wooden post sign. It will not say Horsetail Falls on it, just Dry and Deer Creek. Someone has hand carved the words "Falls" into it with a nail. This is your only marker and means you are almost there! Go to the left of the sign up the trail. Approximately 50 ft up on the left fork from this trail you will see on the left of the trail some rope railing. This is your path down to the falls. Continue following this narrow trail until you see the falls. You will then see a steep trail that takes you to the base of the upper falls. Head down for a picnic directly next to the cascades.
Gear: hiking boots or shoes, T shirt, shorts/hiking pants, long-sleeve shirt, light waterproof jacket, gloves, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, camelback or regular back pack, 2 Liters water, 2-4 snacks