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It was great missed a turn and ended up walking 4.5 miles.

hiking
12 days ago

Part of this trail is paved and once you get to where you see the American River it turns into a dirt/rock and rough trail at times. It also isn't market too well at all in spots. So make sure to check your phone/gps if you want to stay on the trail.

Definitely a scenic hike. Had a lot of different pools to explore and involves a bit of climbing. Great for a quick trip to a waterfall.

If you're an avid hiker, this is an easy trail. If you're new to it, moderate. Beautiful hike taking you through the forest of mixed trees of golden Aspen , pine and fur and alongside trickling creek and calming pools of water. Plenty of places to stop along the trail to hike in a little bit to have a picnic lunch by one of the many water pools.

The trail is not easy to follow but it's not hard to get back on when you realize you're going the wrong way. Just make sure the creek is to the right of you. As long as you can hear it, you're good. When you are almost to the falls, you'll be climbing up and over boulders. Make sure you have appropriate shoes that have good traction.

This trail is doable in runners or cross-trainers but the terrain is a bit tricky. Rocks, sticks, logs and one small part of trail where you're walking over a pooled water area covered with logs. I would recommend shoes that have ankle support. If you aren't careful, you can easily roll your ankles. I did this in trail running shoes and was fine.

Beautiful hike!! The trail is very hard to follow but it doesn’t really matter, it is very difficult to get lost! Just follow the creek and you won’t get lost. This was a very fun hike, not too difficult at all and lots of area to explore. We ended up taking the very low creek/river bed back to the trailhead and it was a great way to take back. Beautiful and fun!

hiking
1 month ago

Super fun bouldering toward the upper part of the falls. The trail is not always real obvious, but you’re always in cell service and GPS works great. Lots of friendly people on the trail, too. The lower part of the trail is pretty shady and there are a lot of picture perfect places to stop along the way.

Best in winter/spring when the falls are flowing. Trail is a little difficult to follow.
Views are stunning at the top.

hiking
1 month ago

Was hard to follow at times. Loved the ability to stop and enjoy the water on the way back. Got caught in a little rain. Be careful! Rocks became slick pretty quickly.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike! Trail can be difficult to follow but well worth the time.

Beautiful! One of my favorite hikes. You can either stop once you get to the falls or keep going and climb up to the top to Avalanche Lake and beyond. I’ve done this hike 3 times now and I will still keep coming back!

We loved this one! The trail is hard to follow but there is so many outcroppings to explore and climb you dont really mind losing the trail. There were enough people coming back to point us in the right direction.

this us one of my favorite places to go, especially if you climb to the top of the falls and hike back. it's like a little oasis. you never run out of exploring options.

Beautiful hike! Totally worth it, especially if you keep going above the falls to Avalanche Lake. The extended hike up to the lake is hard (climbing over boulders at a very steep incline). There are absolutely no trail markers which is why I gave it 4 vs 5 stars.

so fun!

Beautiful scenery but not much of a trail it’s just a road. Also be aware of a much more active wildlife area compared to other trails further west towards auburn. Don’t take the trail alone. Trail head parking will high center small vehicles. I will not go back.

awesome hike!!

hiking
2 months ago

great hike or run in the spring. usually a good wildflower display. parking can be difficult on popular weekends

Son and I tackled what we have been driving by for 20 years. You know you’re at the top when you find the lake. Absolutely breathtaking!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike! The trail is hard to follow but follow the water and you’ll be fine!. We were worried it would be overly crowded but it was perfect. We brought our dog (border collie) and she loved it. There are some steep parts, so be sure to wear shoes with a good tread.

hiking
2 months ago

Definitely recommend this hike with breath taking nature

This trail is terrible marked but the views make it worth it. You see several waterfalls. After you get so far with the water on your right.... head left up the hill and go as far as you want. The Granite stone is gigantuous and can be overwhelming. But you will never see anything like it again.

did this trail a couple of months ago great starter trail. good views of the lake, some mountain bikers but they were very accommodating in sharing the trail. i will do this one again.

Very nice but the trail can be hard to find at times. Definitely worth the trek in.

Terribly marked. Fairly easy. Pretty crowded on weekend. We arrived at lot around 945am and got one of last parking spots. Great views.

hiking
2 months ago

Trail poorly marked but as long as you keep river to the right of you as you ascend to waterfall you will be ok. Nice spots along the way to enjoy the river. The waterfall is beautiful!

hiking
2 months ago

Did this trail on 8/20/18 and it was fairly easy to hike and beautiful. There are several places safe enough and deep enough to swim in. Took my 4 year old daughter and she loved it.

There is no true end to this hike I decided to turn back around when I realized the trail got too steep and difficult to navigate with my 4 year old.

Parking gets pretty full after 9:30 AM so be early.

This is a must do hike when the waterfall is flowing strong! The trail can be pretty unmarked at times, but it was never difficult to find which way to go. Just keep the river on your right side going in. The trail has minimal shade, but is very scenic the entire length, with huge granite faces and cliff-sides. The waterfall is breathtaking and there are some great pools to swim in for those who are willing to brave the cold water. The hike was not difficult, but I can see it being a possible problem if bringing dogs, due to the rocks towards the end of the route.

Beautiful hike, not terribly well marked, but easy to find your way up to the falls if you’ve got a sense of adventure.

My lifesaver was a local who showed me around the non-paved path. The signing is really bad, but if you follow the river it will help. It is really beautiful though, lots of oak and wildlife, and the sound of the rushing river too. The paved path was a lot busier.

Absolutely amazing! Stunning views and plenty of places to stop and just relax next to the falls! I highly recommend it!

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