Bassi Falls - El Dorado Natl Forest

#6 of 131 trails in Eldorado National Forest
easy, short hike to incredible waterfall

1.2 miles 370 feet Out & Back
dog friendly hiking walking waterfall
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It is an easy 10 minute walk from the parking area to the falls. But the trail is not all that clear. At first the trail is easy to follow, but soon reaches an open area, where you have to make your way over granite rock, and the trail becomes indistinct. But it is not hard to find the falls because you can clearly hear it, and eventually you will see it from a distance away. When we were here on a Sunday afternoon in early May, there were surprisingly quite a few cars parked at the trailhead.

When you reach the base of Bassi Falls, you will be treated to an awesome view of the entire 120 ft. cascade. Later in the summer, there is really not much to see, as Bassi Creek becomes a mere fragment of its former self.

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Note: this hike is only in the newest edition of "California Waterfalls" (A. Brown) below.

Brooke Baumann-Caddenhead

2 Completed3 Reviews

awesome for whole family of all ages..I have five kids age 15,9,7,5,2 and all enjoyed very much. best time to see the water would be spring.. any other time not much water to see.

Brooke Baumann-Caddenhead

2 Completed3 Reviews

awesome for the whole family of all ages.. I have 5 kids ages 15,9,7,5,2 and they all enjoyed

Kara-Lin Roanhorse

30 Completed2 Reviews

This place was so great. The trail is a bit confusing but once you keep searching around you find it. Got to the falls and it was a little low this year but still beautiful to see. The air was fresh and this place is just perfect. Easy hike, I really recommend for family or people with pets. I will be looking at camping in this area in the future just beautiful!!


Koua Her

2 Completed2 Reviews

Good and short hike. Little water

Robyn D.

Easy, pretty short-totally dog friendly, but not much water right now. 8/2/2015

Betsy Robertus

1 Completed1 Reviews

Rae Cline

12 Completed14 Reviews


Maryeth Ann Loriaux

6 Completed5 Reviews

Jay Norton

7 Completed7 Reviews

If you are in the area early spring or summer this is a good place to explore.The road to the trail head is rugged, recommend at least awd and/or vehicles with high clearance-Dont go down this road if your towing anything.Parking is limited.If you can get there this is a short hike, easy for adults and if you have kids they should be able to complete it without to much trouble, the return hike up is fairly steep.There is a waterfall at the end of the trail and the crystalline clear water that flows into a series of small pools are great to wade in.Leave the fishing pole at home or in the car, I did not see even a brookie here.Some moron- (s) ? left a substantial amount of trash here the day we visted,beer cans-bottles ect. a good way to get yourself a broken nose or worse if I see you leaving this kinda crap laying around- so pack it in pack it out you scumbags! In the spring snow melt trickles over the exposed granite and the small wildflowers are a pleasure to behold, the creek is fairly safe to swim in though a bit cold.This is a great hike if your passing through or live fairly close to the Eldorado National Forest region.

Carol Cotton

11 Completed11 Reviews

A beautiful short hike to a gorgeous waterfall. I went three times in one week! I'll definitely go back again and again! I'm including a link to the third of these hikes. The other two are also blogged here, as well.