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Take a Hike: Bassi Falls

Located In: Kyburz. Search “Bassi Falls Trail Parking” in Google Maps. Accessed via Ice House Road in Pollock Pines. Dirt Road 12N32A/Millionaire Camp (opposite Big Silver Group Camp). 

Distance: 4.3 miles out and back; 500 feet of elevation gain.

Difficulty Level: Easy.

Know Before You Go: Dog-friendly (must be leashed); popular trail but easy to lose, so use AllTrails app/GPS and follow posted signs on trees; look back frequently, especially when trail crosses granite.

Fuel Up: While passing through Placerville, stop by Sweetie Pie’s (577 Main Street) for a filling breakfast or Main Street Melters (589 Main Street) for classic and unique sandwich options.

Why We Love It: Easy to access; family-friendly; great for beginners; plenty of photo opportunities; creeks and pools of water along the way; 120-foot waterfall at the end is ample in spring and early summer.

Trail Notes: Wear shoes with traction, dress in layers, bring extra water and snacks, remember sun protection (hat, sunscreen), and, as always, pack out what you pack in

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By Emily Peter & Ryan Martinez

Header photo by Torey Philipp Photo & Media