Summary: 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.
Trailhead: From Hwy #50 about 20 miles east of Placerville, turn left (north) onto Ice House Rd (Forest Road 3). Drive 16.6 miles on Ice House Rd. to Union Valley Reservoir. Turn right onto an unmarked dirt road (Road 12N32A), just after crossing the bridge over Big Silver Creek (opposite Big Silver group camp). Drive 0.2 miles to a junction and turn left. Then drive 0.8 miles to
another junction and turn right. Drive another 0.7 miles to the trailhead at the end of the road (total 1.7 miles along the dirt road). (Lat:38.89213 Lon:-120.33102)
Trail Guides for Bassi Falls - El Dorado Natl Forest:
by Ann Marie Brown (Foghorn Outdoors)
Best Seasons: Spring,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: El Dorado Natl Forest, (916) 644-2324
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Leon Turnbull, who has posted 17 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by Theresa on 4/4/2016
Road to trail head is closed until April 8, 2016 so there is some extra walking to do. Some snow patches still on trail than can get slippery so use caution. Falls are heavy and full, you can hear them from the trail head. Wonderful, easy hike that I would do again.
Reviewed by Theresa on 4/3/2016
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Reviewed by SWC on 6/1/2015
Nice hike. Very beautiful.
Reviewed by RJB on 5/1/2014
May Day hike! The waterfall was flowing beautifully. Your directions worked very well since the signage is lacking. What an awesome place! Thank you! I'll be going back.
Reviewed by CJC on 5/27/2012
May 17, 2012 - Bassi Falls is a beautiful waterfall with lots of areas to explore. Finding it is rewarding as the road signs and trail are not clearly marked, however, this makes it all the more amazing! Living in Pollock Pines, I felt like I found a jewel right in my own back yard!
Reviewed by SMB on 7/6/2011
The falls was in full effect from all the snow melt! Just beautiful up there today. This is a great small hike for a quick day trip from Sacramento or if you're camping along Ice House. Wander around a little bit and see if you can find a little pond to wade or float around in to beat the heat from the sun beating against the rocks.
Reviewed by Amy on 7/3/2011
Just got back from our hike , and I have to say it was an amazing experience!! The trail was easy to find, some difficult spots, but overall am easy trail! The 3 1/2 hour drive to Bassi Falls was very well worth it! Once I heard the waterfall in the distance, I was motivated to hike even faster! This is MUST go place to hike for everyone! Nice for families too, saw a lot of kids having a great time. If your interested in a trail for first time hikers, you must go to Bassi Falls!
Reviewed by Scott on 5/23/2011
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