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Horsetail Falls via Dry Creek Trail

Central Wasatch Mountains, Utah

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  • The Dry Creek Trailhead.- Horsetail Falls via Dry Creek Trail
  • A butterfly greeting us at the trailhead.- Horsetail Falls via Dry Creek Trail
  • Early views over Dry Creek Trail.- Horsetail Falls via Dry Creek Trail
  • Dry Creek Trail meanders through the forest.- Horsetail Falls via Dry Creek Trail
  • There are a few campsites along the way.- Horsetail Falls via Dry Creek Trail
  • An improvised footbridge.- Horsetail Falls via Dry Creek Trail
  • The meadow is one of the only flat spots along the whole trail.- Horsetail Falls via Dry Creek Trail
  • Hikers share the trail with mountain bikers.- Horsetail Falls via Dry Creek Trail
  • Hiking to Horsetail Falls on the Dry Creek Trail.- Horsetail Falls via Dry Creek Trail
  • This lookout is a short distance off of a small side trail.- Horsetail Falls via Dry Creek Trail
  • Beautiful views from the hike to Horsetail Falls.- Horsetail Falls via Dry Creek Trail
  • Another stream crossing.- Horsetail Falls via Dry Creek Trail
  • The main trails head off to the right, but you should go left to find the waterfall.- Horsetail Falls via Dry Creek Trail
  • The trail takes you just above the falls.- Horsetail Falls via Dry Creek Trail
  • Looking west down the canyon out to the town of Alpine and Utah Lake.- Horsetail Falls via Dry Creek Trail
  • Horsetail Falls.- Horsetail Falls via Dry Creek Trail
  • You can walk down to the base of the falls.- Horsetail Falls via Dry Creek Trail
  • Horsetail Falls.- Horsetail Falls via Dry Creek Trail
  • Not a bad place to enjoy lunch.- Horsetail Falls via Dry Creek Trail
  • Horsetail Falls.- Horsetail Falls via Dry Creek Trail
  • The view from Horsetail Falls.- Horsetail Falls via Dry Creek Trail
  • Panorama of Dry Fork Canyon.- Horsetail Falls via Dry Creek Trail
  • - Horsetail Falls via Dry Creek Trail
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Pros: 
Large, beautiful waterfall. Dogs allowed. Great views.
Cons: 
Can be crowded. Steep.
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Region:
Central Wasatch Mountains, UT
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,700.00 ft (518.16 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
4.00 mi (6.44 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,662.00 ft (1,725.78 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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There are only a handful of large waterfalls around the Central Wasatch, so Horsetail Falls is a must-see for any local cascade enthusiast. The trail is a little steep and not too long, and the surrounding canyon will not disappoint. If you get the chance to head out while there is still snow on the peaks, you will be greeted with stunning views and a heavy flow coming off the waterfall.

The trail is large and wide, and there are several lookout points along the way that allow you to see the waterfall before you get close to it. There's a beautiful meadow about halfway up, which is one of the few flat spots on the trail. The trail eventually takes you to the top of the waterfall and just alongside it. You can hike right up to the falls, behind it, and even down to the base, but be careful. There are some slightly risky spots to navigate. The views down-canyon looking west are seriously incredible. We saw some tents pitched along the lower elevations and a few granite boulder patches that make decent windbreaks for a camping spot.

The falls are located on the Dry Creek Trail near the town of Alpine. Shoved into the northeastern corner of Utah County, it gets plenty of visitors from Salt Lake County as well. The city of Alpine is a charming small town with nice neighborhoods and stunning mountains on all sides. The Timpanogos Caves are nearby, as well as the jaw-dropping Alpine Valley Loop down to the town of Sundance. Dogs are allowed on leashes. Dry Creek Trail continues past the waterfall for 3 more miles, making a 4,000-foot, 10-mile there-and-back if you choose to do the whole thing.

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