We ran this trail with Keven (SactoXJ) and about 8 other Cherokees, many of whom came up just for the day. Several, including myself, Norm, Dave, and Keven would stick around the whole week for the Barreett Lake and Rubicon runs. We meet up at Ice House resort, where a few were camped in the private campground.
Bassi Falls is a pretty short and moderately difficult trail that winds its way along a steep gorge until it comes out up on top of a big granite slab. There are a few optional spurs and obstacles that make things interesting, not much rock but a lot of loose, steep hillclimbing. It looked like there were lots of great backcountry campsites along the way. As it was late in the season, Bassi Falls was dry--you could see where the water comes down earlier in the year when the snow melts off, and it must be pretty incredible. Nice little swimming holes at the top. There were a whole mob of teenagers who made it up in the back of two pickups, one rented apparently and damged pretty good on the way down due to some really stupid driving. These folks were a live illustrated lesson in how not to drive a trail--riding in the bed, no seatbelts, driving too fast, too much air in the tires, way too much testosterone. We had lunch at the top and then headed back down.