Bassi Falls-El Dorado National Forest-Bassi Creek Trail 5 Miles + Opt. Beginner

Distance: 5 miles in and out, beginner, with an optional .5 mile in and out, strenuous plus, from the base, to the top of the falls and back.

Elevation: From 4800 ft to 5400 ft. Change of 600 ft.

Pollock Pines, Eldorado National Forest, El Dorado County, Bassi Creek

Bassi Falls Height: 109 ft.

Bassi Falls are their most beautiful in the early spring. We did an exploratory hike along Bassi Creek to the base of the falls on Saturday, March16th and found the falls were flowing in full force. We will park along the pavement at the intersection of Ice House Road and the unmarked dirt road (Road 12N32A). We will hike about .5 miles along Road 12N32A, and stay to the right in the fork in the road, which will turn down towards the trailhead at Bassi Creek. The Bassi Creek Trail will wind along the Creek for 2.0 miles and end at the base of Bassi Falls. Along the creek trail there are numerous photograph opportunities of crystal clear pools and small but spectacular waterfalls. There was still snow through the area and we could be hiking over small patches of snow and snow run off along the trail. We will enjoy lunch at the base of the falls and those who wish to take the optional hike to the top may do so. Upon their return, we will return back to the trailhead and parking area.

The optional hike from the base of the falls to the top of the falls is about .5 miles and strenuous plus, but worth the trip.

Dogs are welcome.

GregS can be contacted at:[masked]

Directions from Sunsplash Park and Ride:

1. Eureka to Hwy 80 East.

2. Exit Rocklin Rd, Turn right onto Rocklin Rd.

3. Turn right onto Sierra College Blvd.

4. Continue straight onto Hazel Ave.

5. Merge onto Hwy 50 East via the ramp to S Lake Tahoe, about 46.8 mi.

6. Turn left onto Ice House Rd. Follow signs to stay on Ice House Rd.

7. Drive 15.9 miles on Ice House Rd. toward Union Valley Reservoir. Turn right onto an unmarked dirt road (Road 12N32A), just after crossing the bridge over Big Silver Creek (opposite Big Silver group camp), third bridge.

For those who would like to meet up at the Iron Point Park and Ride in Folsom, and meet up at Ice House Rd and the unmarked dirt road at 10:00 am.

Directions from Iron Point Park and Ride, Folsom Blvd & Iron Point Rd:

1. Folsom Blvd to Hwy 50 East.

2. Merge onto Hwy 50 East via the ramp to S Lake Tahoe, about 46.8 mi.

3. Turn left onto Ice House Rd. Follow signs to stay on Ice House Rd.

4. Drive 15.9 miles on Ice House Rd. toward Union Valley Reservoir. Turn right onto an unmarked dirt road (Road 12N32A), just after crossing the bridge over Big Silver Creek (opposite Big Silver group camp), third bridge.

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  • Carolyn

    What a wonderful day. Thanks Greg for organizing a perfect hike on a beautiful day. Even the snow ball fight was delightful.
    Bassi is one of my favorite hikes..Thanks again

    April 1, 2013

  • Doreen N.

    Great hike on a beautiful day! The combination of walking through snow, scrambling up rocks, and viewing those rushing falls made this hike an adventure to remember.

    March 30, 2013

  • Paolo De S.

    was a nice hike. thank you Greg.

    March 30, 2013

  • Greg S

    You all made the day a wonderful experience. Thank you for joining us and sharing the adventure…

    March 30, 2013

  • Anne

    This was an awesome hike with terrific scenery the entire way.

    March 30, 2013

  • Bruce N

    Greg - Thanks. Great hike. Lots of water (as promised) coming over the falls, which lived up to it's early season reputation! Also, how did you arrange the downpour to start right after we all got back to our cars? Can you share that trick w/ us? :-D

    March 30, 2013

  • gilda

    It was great!The leader, Greg took good care of us and waited for the slower ones, ME:) Great, I wish I could have gone all the way up, but I need more confidence and strength. Thank you to all of those, and to Andrea who drove so well.

    March 30, 2013

  • Carol

    It was a challenge. Thanks for your help.

    March 30, 2013

  • Stephanie

    Great leader, great bunch of people, great waterfall, and great timing with the rain. Thanks everybody I had I great time....

    March 30, 2013

  • Megan E

    sorry, can't make it

    March 30, 2013

  • sharon

    Sorry, I can't make it.

    March 30, 2013

  • Teresa B.

    I overslept and am not going to make it. Enjoy everyone!

    March 30, 2013

  • Tina

    Sorry I will be unable to attend this hike.

    March 29, 2013

  • David A.

    sorry, client calls me out of town. Nest time.
    Everyone have fun!!

    March 29, 2013

  • Nicole E.

    Sorry, I can't make the hike this time. Enjoy!

    March 29, 2013

  • Della R.

    Not feeling well. I'm going to have to cancel.

    March 29, 2013

  • Susan

    Working. Bummed.

    March 29, 2013

    • Cora

      On a Saturday?

      March 29, 2013

  • Greg S

    Latest Sierra forecast is: Chance of showers late Saturday afternoon. We should be back to our cars and down the road by mid afternoon. I would suggest to bring a lightweight jacket or raincoat, or even a large trash bag you can cut holes in to stick your head and arms through. Lets do this. Let's make it an adventure either way, and have fun...

    March 29, 2013

  • Joan K.

    Sorry. I just got back from camping in Sequoia NP and I am tired and have much to do.

    March 29, 2013

  • Kim S

    Had to be gone all day yesterday and today so haven't had time to get ready to host extended family for Easter. Sad to bail out, but it's best. Hope to do this hike another time!

    March 29, 2013

  • Florrie

    Anyone interested in carpooling from 11th and P? I'm coming from Elk Grove... Thanks :)

    March 20, 2013

    • Florrie

      Thank you, Dave - assuming "you" means me :). See you Saturday!!

      March 25, 2013

    • Florrie

      Olivia - David and I both changed our RSVP due to the forecast. Sorry.

      March 29, 2013

  • KarenL

    Sorry got a sick one at home

    March 29, 2013

  • cornelia

    maybe

    March 29, 2013

  • Peggy M.

    Sorry to miss this but I have out of town guests staying Friday Night and into Sat.

    March 28, 2013

    • Greg S

      Bring them along...

      March 28, 2013

    • Peggy M.

      They're leaving midday to return to Colorado but thanks for the invite.

      March 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    New to group! Looking forward to a great hike and meeting new people!

    March 29, 2013

  • Greg S

    Latest weather forcast said there will be no snow at the elevations we will be at, and there won't be rain until Saturday, late afternoon or evening.

    1 · March 28, 2013

  • Julia M.

    2 guests plus two dogs.... Can't wait, I've been wanting to go on this forever. Yay!

    March 28, 2013

  • Greg S

    Someone called me and asked about the need for bringing snowshoes. There is no need to bring snowshoes.

    March 27, 2013

  • gilda

    Who else is leaving from Sunsplash, I am interested in carpooling.

    March 26, 2013

    • Greg S

      Hi Gilda, It looks like most of us are meeting at sunsplash. We usually break up into carpools at the meet up location then go from there.

      March 27, 2013

  • Bill W.

    Not going to be able to attend after all.

    March 26, 2013

  • gilda

    Who is leaving from roseville? I would like to carpool.

    March 25, 2013

  • Tara S.

    I was hoping it would be a nice day of hiking with my son and the group! The weather looks pretty iffy...I think we'll try another one in the near future!

    March 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds like the weather is not going to cooperate so we will join you another time.

    March 25, 2013

  • Rebecca

    Is this a dog-friendly hike?

    March 25, 2013

  • Greg S

    Those meeting at iron point in Folsom. The lot we use is the one directly below the McDonalds. I believe it's on the North East side of the intersection. I would suggest arriving at 8:15 am and hitting the road by 8:30 am.

    1 · March 20, 2013

  • Greg S

    Those who are meeting at sunsplash. We will be leaving at 8:00 am. I would suggest you arrive about 7:45 so we can break up into carpools and head out.

    March 20, 2013

  • Della R.

    I'll also meet at Iron Point. I can drive if needed and take 3 or 4.

    March 20, 2013

  • Kim S

    I'll meet at Iron Point, too, below McD's. If anyone is coming from Davis, we could take one car from there to Iron Point.

    March 20, 2013

  • Darla

    What time at Iron Point - Looks like one person said 8:30?....

    March 20, 2013

  • Darla

    Will meet at Iron Point

    March 20, 2013

  • Bruce N

    I can drive as well, or ride, whichever ... See you all at iron Point. Which P-Lot at Iron Point, below McD's or Chili's? On weekends, I suggest below McD's, easier to get out after return ...

    March 19, 2013

  • Lynn M.

    Bringing 2 dogs too

    March 19, 2013

  • Bill W.

    I will also meet at the IP Park & Ride. I can ride or drive.

    March 19, 2013

  • Linda S.

    If anyone wants to carpool from Iron Point Park & Ride in Folsom, I can take 3.

    March 19, 2013

  • Michele

    I'll be meeting everyone at the Iron Point location.

    March 19, 2013

  • Joan K.

    I'll meet you at Folsom P & R

    March 19, 2013

  • Greg S

    FYI... The restrooms at the trailhead may still be closed. There is a Chevron gas station a couple of miles before Ice House Rd. on the right side of Hwy 50. They are always clean, and It could be the last restroom you may have, to take a break.

    March 18, 2013

  • Bruce N

    I'll be coming from Folsom, so, I'll be at the Iron Point Park & Ride at 8:30 if anyone wants to carpool ...

    March 18, 2013

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