As November rolls around, the mountains in El Dorado County take on a unique charm. The trees shed their leaves, creating a golden carpet on the forest floor, which pairs well with the crisp air and views of snow-capped peaks.
It’s the perfect time for a hike, followed by a hearty lunch!
Bassi Falls Hike: Family-Friendly Adventure
The Bassi Falls trail offers a scenic, easy-to-moderate, 4.1-mile out-and-back, family- and pet-friendly hike. With only a 449-foot elevation gain, it’s an ideal choice for beginners and seasoned hikers looking for a more relaxed experience. In the late fall, it’s not crowded, so parking should be a breeze.
Starting mid-morning is recommended, as the sun is higher and the air temperature warmer. Though not at their peak in November, the falls are still running, albeit slower. The reduced water flow adds a unique charm, allowing you to appreciate the smaller cascades and pools that may go unnoticed during the busier seasons.
With numerous photo opportunities along the trail, take your time to capture the fall colors, landscapes, and water. There are ample spots to stop along the trail for photo ops, a snack, or to sit and enjoy your surroundings.
After the hike, head to nearby Pollock Pines to indulge in a well-deserved lunch at the newly renovated 50 Grand Restaurant. The large indoor wood-burning stove adds to the cozy ambiance, making it the perfect place to unwind after your Bassi Falls hike.
The restaurant boasts a full bar serving craft cocktails, a perfect complement to the diverse lunch menu. Popular options include the Hot Artichoke Dip, Beer Back Mac & Cheese, and the Smokey Tomato Sandwich. Whether you’re a carnivore, vegan, or vegetarian, 50 Grand has you covered. The menu offers creative choices that cater to all tastes, ensuring a satisfying experience for everyone in your group.
If you’re looking for a fun and different way to experience El Dorado County, consider a day hiking at Bassi Falls with lunch at 50 Grand Restaurant afterward!