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This trail has been on my list to go for about a year; finally decided to go. Parking was a little different, you have to buy your parking tickets online before going. There's no ticket attendant to sell you tickets to get in but there is a park ranger checking if you bought the ticket.

The trail wasn't as exciting as I thought it would be. I had thought the trail would be near water majority of the time but I was wrong. Overall hiking experience was fine, easy, small steep hills and plenty of shades from surrounding trees.

Waterfall is fun to watch as well. Although the waterfall didn't appear to be that big maybe because there was no snow or rain lately.

Attempted fishing as well but no luck. I fished at the two waterfalls in hopes that it was fish and it looks like it had fish but nothing was caught.

Beautiful hike! Loved seeing the waterfalls. We went in March and it was muddy most of the way but still lovely. We went clockwise and there was lots of steep uphill spots. Would like to do it again. Round trip from street to loop and back was almost 7.5 miles.

One of the best hikes I have ever done.

on Folsom Trail

8 days ago

Great afternoon walk. We went on a Friday afternoon and while we did see a good number of people biking/ running/ walking, it was by no means busy or crowded.

very beautful

Many were saying to do this hike counter clockwise. The Ranger said to do it clockwise because of the stairs at Silver Falls. Glad we listened to the Ranger and went clockwise. Those stairs are steep, and glad we went up them instead of down. There was a sign warning of a strenuous 6 hour hike ahead at the beginning. I really didn't think it would be strenuous for me since I hike every weekend, but boy was I wrong. It was a little strenuous, especially the last 3-4 miles. My legs just ached at this point I really just had to push through. Beautiful hike and I would totally do it again. Took us about 6 hours, including a long hour break at the falls to eat and take pictures.

Did the full loop and it was a beautiful hike. I love how you can take the side trails that branch off the the main legacy trail. Just beware of all the horse poop!

Nice quick trail to walk. Nice walk along the river

Visited on a sunny Sunday afternoon. It's a wonderful hike with multiple tiny waterfalls on the way. We did the loop anti-clockwise and found it to be moderately challenging. There are certainly a few sections of steep climbing, but nothing very strenuous. If you're visiting Mt. Diablo park, this should definitely be on your list of hikes!

Definitely NOT moderate. It was a great hike but there was interesting spots and I questioned my ability to continue lol. Great views and lots of friendly people along the way. Part of the trail is being closed and there were no signs

A very good and well managed trail

10 days ago

Nice hike. Low impact but gets rocky by the end. Peaceful and pretty. Nice hike along creek to waterfall.

this app and place is so fun and refreshing!!!!!!

NOT MODERATE. Not at all. Be sure to check the map often as it was easy to get off trail...at one point we were basically rock climbing on a section of trail one of the rangers said they were planning to close off soon.

11 days ago

Absolutely beautiful, but then again so is almost all of Big Basin. It's a nice walk and the trees are a sight in themselves. There isn't anything especially striking throughout the path so not worth investing as a main event in your trip. However, for those only looking for an easy 30-45 min walk among some friendly giants, this path is absolutely for you.

12 days ago

Love it! Basically it’s Cardinet Oaks Road all the way (approx 30 mins) to the point where you can turn either left or right for the loop itself. I suggest going clockwise. The Falls Trail is my favorite.. then the second - and last part - of the loop, Middle Trail, can be challenging for some. Can be muddy!

12 days ago

Beautiful area just out side of San Francisco. It was breathtaking seeing the redwoods. Can get pretty crowded so I suggest arriving early.

13 days ago

One of my best hikes. Go during a weekday so you’ll have the trail for yourself - I barely saw anyone during the 3.5 hours I was on the trail. Beautiful waterfalls along the trail. NO restrooms were seen so keep that in mind.

Beautiful trail! Definitely worth taking single track trails when you can, see below recommendation there. So clean and lots of water right now. Trekking poles highly recommended. Trail is not well marked back in the falls trail area so bring your phone/map and make sure you don’t get too side tracked on a deer trail?!

This trail was challenging but very much worth it. Though it's marked as a 10 mile hike, my Apple watch indicated it's closer to 12. Allow yourself a good 5-6 hours to complete depending on your pace. When our group did the hike, we had to plow through it because we had a later start, plus it was raining and hailing pretty hard -- which made for a memorable experience. The views of the towering redwood trees are incredible and the waterfalls were running strong, you really feel like you're in another world. I would definitely come back and recommend for those looking for a good moderate-difficult hike!

Very green and scenic during this time of the year! I would recommend hiking during the winter and spring while it’s still green. The trail are not marked well so make sure you pay attention and follow the map on your phone. Parking is very difficult, be prepared.

16 days ago

Good walking trail.

Gentle rise in elevation. Very peaceful

Mt. Diablo comes alive in the winter!

This is my favorite winter hike. I like single track so I take Donner to Hetherington to Wasserman and avoid a good portion of the fire roads. On the return I get to Back Creek via Tickwood.

Background info: I am not at my fittest but I love a challenge and I KNOW I can handle these types of hikes. I went at the end of February during a relatively dry winter in the morning (started at 8:30 AM and finished back at my car at 1:45 PM. I brought plenty of water (including a filtration system in case I ran out) and plenty of snacks.

The hike: First, starting off in the morning is such a smart thing to do as you avoid the crowds. I noticed toward the end of my hike the trails started to get more populated and I had to dodge people coming down as I went up. I love hiking to get away from the city and people so I enjoyed the first-half of this hike. Due to closed trails, this route took longer (but it was expected after reading other reviews). Yes, there are times when the incline gets you huffing and puffing (at least me), but totally doable. I enjoyed traveling along multiple water sources due to comfort and security should I run out of water. There is a sign that recommends you bring at least 3 liters of water for the entire duration but I think that is playing it safe. At one point you dramatically burst out of the trees and shade and end up exposed to the elements along a cliff. Personally, I enjoyed this area as it gave me the opportunity to soak in the sun and relax for a quick minute. I didn't take many breaks so I was able to complete this hike relatively quickly. I don't believe this hike is "family-friendly" but it is appropriate for those who can care for themselves. There are times where a parent having to watch for their own safety in addition to the safety of their child makes it not suitable for young children. I encourage you to check it out for yourself.

This is a moderately easy (or easy moderate) hike. It's a quick drive from Sacramento. You can get there early to beat the crowds, but we started early afternoon on an overcast Saturday and there were plenty of people, but not so many that we felt it crowded.

You can see from the map there is a gradual ascent to the top of the dam, at which point you can take a short trail of switchbacks to get closer to the base of the dam. You follow the river at the base of the trail.
While there are not spectacular trees or special sites, the river is nice. The trail itself is well-maintained. Even after rain, I think it would be an easy trail to navigate.

A previous reviewer called this a nice and easy winter hike. I think that is a great description. I usually try to start off with shorter hikes in the winter to get myself into hiking shape for the spring and summer. The trail is well-maintained, a little crowded, but relatively wide in most places, and you get to see the North Fork Dam at the terminus. If you're looking to try your legs on a moderate hike, this one is pretty easy and straightforward. You could finish it easily in 1:30. We took more like 1:45-2 hours, stopping for a snack at the North Fork dam. You can really start it at any time of day (other than near sunset when the recreation area officially closes). I think it might be a little hot in middle of summer, but you are in a canyon for most of the trail, so that could offer some sun protection during certain times of day. We were there in February, so it was cool, but not cold.

The Auburn SRA has a variety of trails at all different levels. You could easily spend all day hiking in the area without seeing half of the trails. This particular trail is accessible to all hiking levels, even though it is rated as moderate.

Beautiful place to hike! Once you get to the North Grove, it's another 8 mile drive to South Grove on a one lane road. At South Grove there are a couple of different trails - one is 1.67 miles and seems fairly easy. It's a mile to the South Grove trail and I'm not sure of that's included in the 5.5 mile total. The trail is very well maintained and the sound of Beaver Creek is awesome. Enjoy!

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