Bassi Falls is a 3 hours (6.9 km or 4.3 miles) round trip hike with an elevation gain of 505 feet or 154 meters. The maximum altitude that you can reach in this hike is 5230 feet or 1594 meters. This trail is filled with awe-inspiring and lush green scenery, magnificently gushing waterfalls, and the ultimate beauty of the nature. This is a moderate difficulty hike in El Dorado, California. This is a loop trail which starts and ends at Bassi Creek Trailhead.
Terrain Information & Trail Conditions
The Bassi Falls route has an elevation gain of 505 ft and this will pretty much be a comfortable hike. This can be termed as low difficulty in terms of the inclination of the route. You can get a great cardio workout done on this trail. The trail has slight forest cover and thus the sun exposure is moderate. This trail has sunny and misty weather conditions. If you want to witness the best weather conditions, visit this trail between April to June.
Bassi Falls is a high-traffic trail. Therefore, try to start as early as possible to avoid congestion. There are no restrictions on maximum quotas on the number of people allowed. Always carry a physical map and a compass, or a digital route in your phone so that you do not miss any directions along the way. Please note that this is a well maintained trail. However, hiking trails can be rough, broken, rocky, and uneven surface, as they can not maintained regularly as walking paths in cities. Always make sure you have proper shoes in order to avoid injuries and provide comfort to your feet.
Who Can Visit This Trail?
Bassi Falls Trail is suitable to bring dogs along. However, please ensure that they are fit enough to embark on this hike. Your dogs cannot communicate this but when they are hiking alongside you, they require frequent hydration just like you do. Keep them hydrated and well-fed. Additionally, it’s always safer to keep them on the leash.
This is a kid-friendly hike which means it is easy/moderate grade, short, and comes with a lot of rewards. That said, always take into consideration you kid’s ability to walk and carry lots and lots of food and water.
If you want to do some trail running or nature walking, this can be a trail that’s suitable for you. If you love watching birds then you’re going to love this place. You can find varieties of birds like Red-breasted Sapsucker, multiple varieties of woodpeckers, mountain Quail.
Entry Information & Parking Details
The park timings are 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. The entry fees for this is $20 which can be paid at the entrance of the park. Parking facilities are available. Camping is not permitted along the trail. You can communicate with the park authorities for the details on this number: 916-644-2324.
Swimming, wading, & jumping in and around waterfalls is prohibited.
How to Reach the Trail-head?
You can drive your car up until this point. Use GPS to get to this point. If you follow the directions correctly, you can get here easily.
Resources and Facilities Available
I recommend you to carry 2-3 litres of water when you’re hiking on this trail because there are no sources of water available.
Pay attention to road and trail closure signage. Sightings of snakes such as Garter snakes, Ringneck snakes, North American Racer, Western Rattlesnake, North Rubber Boa, Gopher snake have been done in this area so keep an eye out for these reptiles. Never try to intimidate the snakes. Wild animals found in this region are American Black Bear, Coyote, and Gray Fox. Stay safe and have a word with the local authorities to take precautionary measures for dealing with the wild animals.
As long as you are aware about the route and are carrying either a physical map or a digital map, you can do this hike pretty much on your own without hiring any guide.
There are no specific technical requirements for this hike.
Things to carry
In addition to the usual hiking gear, we recommend you pack a mosquito repellent, sun protection, snacks, and trekking poles.
Here is the list of typical hiking gear that you must carry for all the hikes:
- 2-3 Liters of water
- Sun hat or cap
- Good Hiking boots
- Light snacks to munch on during breaks, Trail Mix, Fresh fruits / Dried fruits such as dates, figs / Nuts mix, etc. for eating along on the trail
- Personal medications and a first-aid kit
- Sun goggles
- Wet tissues
- Cameras (optional)