Bassi Falls

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Trail Distance: 4.3 miles
Time Estimate: 1 hr 50 min
Elevation Gain: 505 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Moderate
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: No
Description

Do you and your fur buddy like to hike accompanied by the sound of rushing water? If you do, you'll have a pawsome time hiking the Bassi Falls Trail near Pollock Pines in California. This trail is located in the El Dorado National Forest, but for this track up to the waterfall, think rocks rather than trees.

To reach the trailhead, you'll need to drive down a dirt road, which leads off Ice House Road, for around a mile and a half. The road comes to a dead end, and there are parking spaces there. Your pup needs to be on their leash before hitting the trail and the whole time you're on it. This is a popular hike for both dog walkers and photographers who want to snapshots of the cascades. There's often a lot of other people there. Make it an early morning hike, and you and your pup will avoid the crowds. 

You and your pup will be hiking a rocky dirt path with pawsome scenic views of the nearby pine forests. There's not much shade on the trail itself, and you should be ready to navigate around the odd boulder or two. While this is not an overly long hike distance-wise, you and your fur buddy will need to save some energy for the final part. The last few hundred yards are a steepish climb, but apart from that section, the rest is easy going. Don't forget to pack clean up bags!

When you and your fur companion reach the end of the trail, you'll be treated to the full impact of the waterfall. The one hundred and ten foot falls flows over huge granite blocks and is at its strongest in the spring and autumn. Mid-summer visits can be a bit disappointing as the waterfall often slows to a trickle. Time your visit to the Bassi Falls trail well, and you'll have a pawsome time.

Trail Features
Steep Inclines, Rocky
Waterfall
Cautions & Considerations
Best time to go is from April to September, as the entrance road gets blocked off by snow in the winter.
Address
Ice House Rd
Pollock Pines, CA 95726
Hours
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Address
Ice House Rd
Pollock Pines, CA 95726
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset