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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 (blondiescoffeehouse.com, 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.

For more information, visit alltrails.com/trail/us/california/horsetail-falls

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

by  RYAN MARTINEZ


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

Prevention:
  • 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.)

Treatment:
  • 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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