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Bassi Falls in California

A beautiful and popular site in El Dorado county

Bassi Falls
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Bassi Falls is a scenic waterfall in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, located to the west of Lake Tahoe in the Crystal Basin area of the El Dorado National Forest. Being 109 ft (33 m) tall and nestled between large boulders and towering pines, Bassi Falls can be reached via a 1.2-mile (0.74 km) trail with an elevation gain of 250 ft (76.2 m). The hike takes only about 10-15 min. Bassi Falls trailhead is located at the end of a rural dirt road, suitable for all-wheel-drive vehicles.

When is the best time to visit Bassi Falls

The best time to visit Bassi Falls is during the snow run-off, which is from late April into May. At that time, the waterfall has its peak flow, displaying serious power and force. Usually, there is not much to see in the summer as Bassi Creek tends to get dry. However, due to exceptionally wet winters since 2017, the season might soon expand, so the falls are expected to be impressive well into the summer and beyond.

Things to do at Bassi Falls

The plunge pool of Bassi Falls is quite small, but it can fit a few people. Also, there are a few swimming holes on Bassi Creek that are perfect for relaxation after an intense hike. Another good idea is to explore El Dorado National Forest a bit more. Caples Creek Trail, Granite Lake Trail, and Thunder Mountain are some of the most popular hikes. There are over 250 developed rock-climbing routes, mountain biking trails, and fishing lakes.

Where to stay at Bassi Falls

Camping is not permitted along the Bassi Falls trail. However, you can spend the night in just minutes from the trailhead, at Wench Creek Campground located on the northeast side of Union Valley Reservoir in the Crystal Basin area of the Eldorado National Forest.

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What is the best time to see Bassi Falls in full effect?

Bassi Falls is at its most impressive during the snow run-off, occurring from late April to May. The waterfall is at its peak flow during this time and showcases its power and force. Due to the unusually wet winters since 2017, the Falls may appear magnificent well into the summer and beyond. Nevertheless, Bassi Creek tends to dry up in the summer, making it less breathtaking. Show more

What is the hike's level of difficulty going to Bassi Falls?

The Bassi Falls trail is quite manageable, with a length of about 1.2 miles and an elevation ascent of 250 feet. It shouldn't take you more than 10-15 minutes to complete the trail. The route is considered easy, making it accessible to most individuals with different fitness levels. Show more

How can visitors get to the start of the trail that leads to Bassi Falls?

To reach the trailhead of Bassi Falls, visitors must drive through a rural dirt road which can accommodate all-wheel-drive automobiles from Ice House Road. It usually takes an hour and thirty minutes to travel from Sacramento to the trailhead. Once there, hikers can start hiking the 1.2-mile trail that leads to Bassi Falls. Show more

Can dogs hike with their owners to Bassi Falls?

Visitors can bring their dogs on the hike to Bassi Falls, provided they keep them on a leash. However, they must clean up after their dogs and pack out the waste to avoid littering the area. It's best to be considerate of others on the trail and help maintain the place's cleanliness to ensure an enjoyable experience for everyone. Show more

Do visitors have to pay an entrance fee to access Bassi Falls or El Dorado National Forest?

Bassi Falls and El Dorado National Forest do not have an entrance fee, making it a budget-friendly destination. Visitors can enjoy exploring the Falls and the surrounding area without spending money on entrance fees. It's an excellent place to visit for nature lovers who don't want to break the bank but still want to have a fantastic time in the great outdoors. Show more

What amenities can visitors expect to find at Wench Creek Campground?

Wench Creek Campground has many amazing amenities, including 35 campsites, some with lake views. Each site has a fire ring and picnic table. The campground also has drinking water and vault toilets. Unfortunately, there are no showers or hookups available in the campsite. However, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery and unplug from technology to connect with nature better. The campground is generally open to visitors from May to September. Show more

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