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Take a Hike to Horsetail Falls in Twin Bridges California

LOCATED IN:  Twin Bridges, CA
Distance:  3.1 miles
Difficulty Level:  Moderate, heavily trafficked.
Know Before You Go:  $5 parking at Twin Bridges Trailhead. Wilderness permit required.
Fuel Up:  Blondie’s Coffee House (, 4077 Carson Road, Camino). Right at the heart of Apple Hill, this quaint coffee shop is a great spot for a quick cup of coffee or a seasonal, locally sourced dish. 
Why We Love It: This short hike quickly gets you to some spectacular views of Desolation Wilderness and the waterfall, which has ample flow in late spring/early summer.
Trail Notes: It is easy to lose the trail at the upper section, so use GPS. The last half mile can be difficult and requires scrambling on rocks. Once past the rocks, a sign marks the trail to the left. If in doubt, follow the water and be mindful of slippery rocks.

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Editor’s Note: as we went to press,
this trail was closed due to covid-19.
check website before heading out.


Avoiding Heat Illnesses

Heat illnesses can be caused by exposure to hot temperatures or exerting yourself in heat. 

Symptoms to look out for:
  • Headache, dizziness, lethargy
  • Muscle cramps, which are an early sign of severe dehydration
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Loss of consciousness

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Drink electrolytes—be sure to bring an Emergen-C or Nuun in your pack.
  • Protect yourself from the sun—wear a hat, light colors, and loose clothing. (And of course, wear sunscreen.)

  • Get victim to a shaded area. 
  • Apply water to bare skin and fan, simulating sweat. 
  • Apply ice, if available, to armpits and groin.
  • Elevate feet.  Cool the person down by any means.
  • If there are any altered levels of consciousness, evacuate ASAP and seek medical help immediately.

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