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 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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Reviewed by Jose Luis on 4/17/2011
I can't really review this, other than to say I went 4/17/11 and there was too much snow on the ground to even turn down the unpaved road. For 2011 people should wait until late May when the snow melts.
Reviewed by KOC on 6/20/2010
Quite a beautiful n exquisite waterfall! Interesting geology. Blooming wildflowers. I don't know how it is after a less-wet winter than this year, but quite spectacular this year. You'd expect this place to attract people, but I was surprised by just how many (not a place for solitude unless you go a distance from where the people are). Lotsa cars in n out, so not much parking. On my 1st time & two hours there (6-2010), people were having a good time admiring the falls, some wading in the frigid water, all without being obnoxious, & dogs were thankfully on leashes. The bedrock can be slippery (from algae), so good shoes and attn where one walks is important. There are cairns marking the trail, but one can easily & unexpectedly vee
Reviewed by Steve on 6/20/2010
Went June 19 and the falls were raging! Nice easy hike, rewarding view. Hiked to the top - rewarded by rapids, nice place to picnic, but don't get too close to the water or you're dead.
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