Mary West: Discovering Pyramid Creek Loop Trail

Pyramid Creek Loop Trail is a 3.3-mile loop at the foundation of Horsetail Falls close to Twin Bridges in El Dorado County. My spouse Micah and I climbed to the major back again in our 20s. We returned to the lake above the falls in our 30s. We celebrated our marriage anniversary with a hike in the area and observed the excellent location for our picnic lunch at a single of the numerous smaller waterfalls that spill into swimming pools with sufficient seating on the easy granite stones.

If you have traveled Freeway 50 all over Twin Bridges you have most likely found the white ribbon of snow runoff floating majestically down the mountain side, possibly you have even assumed about building the excursion.

A $5 U.S. Forest Service day use cost for parking is necessary and parking is constrained. The path loosely follows Pyramid Creek straight up the mountain. The sound of working h2o and picturesque waterfalls guide you on your journey. You have achieved your vacation spot whether you make it to the leading or find the ideal place to place your feet up and just get in the perspective of the peaks that encompass you as very well as the creek along with you.



The out and again trail is only 3.3 miles, but you are climbing so it’s at the very least reasonable in my reserve. Not only are you likely uphill but there are hurdles.

Rocks, roots and ruts are just a few issues, as effectively as poor signage. I was questioned several times by very first time site visitors if they were likely the proper way.



There are locations where by you traverse granite slabs. The trick is to hold your eye on the waterfall and your ear on the creek. If you can see the falls and you can hear the creek, you are headed the correct way.

I would not inspire any working day hiker to attempt achieving the best until you are competent in rock hopping, mountaineering and specialized rock climbing.

I may audio pessimistic, but granite is slippery, and a tumble will final result in damage and even dying. Remain very low and delight in the loop and the creek.

On just about every vacation, I see backpackers with good equipment who have designed the summit and hike back to the lake that feeds the falls. It is really worth the effort and hard work if you are ready-bodied and geared up. All over again, I would not inspire the typical hiker to make the excursion.

On my past trip, I located an artist portray a person of the several bends in the creek. You can possibly uncover the portray in a person of the high-quality Tahoe galleries.

On the Pyramid Loop Path appreciate the forested parts with shade, and the aid from the warmth of the uncovered granite of the mountain in the creek, but it does get warm so consider plenty of h2o and all the normal safety measures of sturdy footwear, sunblock and bug spray if you are so inclined.

Micah and I experienced a attractive pool to ourselves in the afternoon. We appreciated our lunch and the see of the falls as very well as the bordering peaks. We talked about the subsequent chapter and what trail we ended up going to hike next.

Mary West is creator of the e-book collection Working day Hiker – Gold Country Path Manual I, II and III (2nd version Accessible on Amazon). The books are a selection of the Working day Hiker columns in which West shares her longtime adore of the outdoor, most loved hikes in Northern California’s Gold State and outside of. West was the recipient of the 2017 and 2019 CRAFT Award for Finest Out of doors Column and the 2020 Craft Award for her 2nd e book in the collection-Day Hiker Gold Region Path Information by the Outside Writers of California. You can abide by West on Facebook and Instagram

An artist painting 1 of the lots of bends in the creek.
Photograph by Mary West

Pyramid Creek Loop Trail is a 3.3-mile loop at the foundation of Horsetail Falls in the vicinity of Twin Bridges in El Dorado County.
Image by Mary West

The out and again path is only 3.3 miles, but you are climbing so it’s at minimum average.
Picture by Mary West

The trail loosely follows Pyramid Creek straight up the mountain. The seem of operating water and picturesque waterfalls tutorial you on your journey.
Picture by Mary West

A $5 U.S. Forest Services working day use fee for parking is demanded and parking is limited.
Photograph by Mary West