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Bassi Falls

A beautiful and popular site in El Dorado county


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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 1.2-mile (0.74 km) trail with 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 rural dirt road, that is suitable for all wheel drive vehicles. The best time to visit Bassi Falls is during the snow run-off, which is from late April through 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.

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