Horsetail Falls - Dry Creek Canyon

Horsetail Falls
Dry Creek Canyon

Wasatch Mountains
Hiking

           Horsetail falls is a fun hike close to the Wasatch Front that is suitable for the family. The views of the waterfall in spring and early summer are magnificent.

General Information:
Click Here for Google Earth KMZ file.Click Here for Topographic Map          The hike to Horsetail Falls is a great way to spend half a day. The hike is approximately 2 miles each way with 1600 feet of elevation gain. A round trip hike will require 3 to 4 hours. This adventure is accessible year round, but spring and early summer are the preferred season. Visiting the waterfall during spring runoff is the ideal time of year. Everyone in your group should carry at least one liter of water. The hike is pretty well shaded in the morning as it climbs through the pine forest.

          A GPS is not really required, but does allow you to verify your position. The USGS 7.5' Map titled "Timpanogos Cave" shows the area described. The USGS map is out of date and the roads and trails in the area are not shown correctly. Navigation for this route is easy if you follow the route description provided. The hike to Horsetail Falls is rated 1A II using the Canyon Rating System.

Horsetail Falls - Dry Creek Canyon Horsetail Falls - Dry Creek Canyon

Trailhead Information:
          From Main Street and 200 North in Alpine Utah. Turn east on 200 North and drive 0.2 miles to Grove Drive (200 East). Turn Left on Grove Drive. Follow Grove Drive for 1.8 miles to a Tee in the road. Turn right, and then immediately turn left. Follow the road for 0.6 miles to where it ends at the signed Dry Creek Trailhead. The large parking lot will accommodate two dozen vehicles. There are no toilets at the trailhead..

Horsetail Falls - Dry Creek Canyon Horsetail Falls - Dry Creek Canyon

Route Information:
          From  the Dry Creek Trailhead (N40 28' 58", W111 45' 01"), follow the obvious trail east as it begins climbing up Dry Creek Canyon. This trail is easy to follow and it's almost impossible to get lost. Just keep hiking up the most well traveled trail. After hiking for 1 3/4 miles you will reach a viewpoint (N40 29' 46", W111 43' 41"), that offers a good look at Horsetail Falls. From the viewpoint continue hiking up the trail for 1/4 mile until you reach a signed junction in the trail (N40 29' 54", W111 43' 33"). Turn left (north) at the junction and follow the wide main trail for 20-yards to where a spur trail splits off to the left (North). There are many ways to reach the actual waterfall, but this spur trail is one of the easiest and a short 300-yard hike takes you to the base of Horsetail Falls (N40 29' 56", W111 43' 38"). The most impressive views of the waterfall are from the base. 

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Please take only pictures and leave only footprints.

Horsetail Falls - Dry Creek Canyon

 Video:
          Enjoy a short video of a hike to Horsetail Falls in Dry Creek Canyon. The Video was taken May 5, 2017 during the height of spring runoff.

 

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