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Arnold Rim Trail is a 7.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Arnold, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 7.4 mi Elevation gain 1,404 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Partially paved

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

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Great views of forests, waterfall, canyons, and streams. Many birds and wildlife. Breathtaking vistas with panoramic views stretching from Mt. Diablo in the East Bay Area to snowy Mt. Lyell on the high eastern slopes of the Sierras near Yosemite, then dive down into canyons with streams coursing through the shade of older growth forests of cedar, pine, fir and oak. High rocky promontories, native acorn grinding rocks, a magnificent waterfall, many birds and wildlife of all kinds, and a lake.

Arnold Rim Trail Association P.O. Box 441 Arnold, CA 95223 arnoldrimtrail@gmail.com http://arnoldrimtrail.org/index.html

Trail access can be found at any one of three trailheads along the Highway 4 corridor. All are a short distance off Highway 4. 1) Avery Sheep Ranch Rd. In Avery, from eastbound Highway 4, turn left onto Avery Sheep Ranch Rd. Trail head is approximately 1.5 miles on your right. 2) Valley View Dr. In Arnold, from eastbound Highway 4 in Arnold, turn left on Lakemont Drive. Veer left at the first junction onto Valley View Drive and follow for one mile through the residential area. Once the pavement ends, follow the dirt road for another 0.5 mile. Parking area will be your right. The P9 access trail that joins ART is in the southwest corner. 3) White Pines Lake/Sierra Logging Museum From eastbound Highway 4 in Arnold, veer left onto Blagen Road and follow for approximately one mile through the community of White Pines. Turn left on Dunbar Rd, travel past Hazel Fischer Elementary and turn right at the giant pencil.

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William Callahan
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Amazingly beautiful!

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Eda Toole
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Hiking

Great Trail! Closer 10 Miles, but totally worth it to get to the creek and waterfall at the end. Will definitely be back!!

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Ling Leong
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Hiking

Very nice for trail run training. Mostly under shade. Definitely need bug spray as mosquitos were everywhere. Will come back for sure.

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Chris Nguyen
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Hiking

Nice trail! Well marked and mostly shady. Beautiful wildflowers bring the trail to life. The San Antoino Creek Falls outlook was pretty cool. Hike early to beat the heat and avoid the crowds. Happy hiking!

Suvir Jain
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Hiking

Highly recommend this trail. Lots of shade, easy-moderate climb and a nice creek at the end. We saw a medium sized brown bear on the way back. We started whistling on the bear whistle and talked loudly all the way down.

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Brandy Saldana
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Hiking

Great trail. Really enjoyed the San Antonio falls look out. Very well marked. As others have mentioned big spray is highly recommended!! I planned that and forgot it well we were eaten up. Still was amazing day

Christine K.
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Lots of shade, not a bad trail for a hot day. The actual falls overlook seemed to be a bit farther than the map suggests, but you can easily follow the trail along the creek.

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Kristine Csicsery
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HikingBugs

We followed the directions to the San Antonio Creek Overlook and somehow ended up down by the creek with no overlook or falls in sight. A little confusing to follow the trail signs even with the maps that we had. We ended up heading back as we were already 5 miles in, but it was a lovely hike nonetheless! Will definitely come back to explore again!

Tanon Merriman Holcomb
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Hiking

Loved this trail so much. Consistently challenging throughout. Like other reviewers we ended up closer to 10 miles. Shaded pretty much the whole way. You'll want bug spray for when you're closer to the creek. There are several trails that connect and it's true that if you're unfamiliar they aren't super clear. We ended up at the San Antonio falls overlook. Gorgeous!

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Kathleen Austin
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Tammy Suess
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Hiking

Fun hike. Was expecting a little more waterfall at the end. It was more like a creek fall. Was longer than 7 miles, I think we ended up about 10 miles in the end. Had a great time getting away with friends.

Mai Smitamegha
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Out to the rocks

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Pasqual Guerrero
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Hiking

Complete both the creek/waterfall hike and the top of the world hike,this trail is definitely not for beginners,a lot of inclines getting the the destination as well as on the way back,signs are a bit confusing at times,views are well worth the hike though but definitely a challenge getting to them,me and my hiking crew took about 9 hours to both trails that’s of course with stops in between,I would recommend to do one or the other in one day,lots of bugs out there too,there can be trafficked areas in the trail,bikers,hikers,and runners,need to pack a lot of water and extra food for energy if planned to do both trails in one day,overall it was a good trail.

Raul Almendarez
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Not for beginners.. lots of incline,signs can get a little confusing at times. Lots of different trails you can break off to. Worth the views but you are going to work for it.

Shelb Ashby
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Best part is that the trail is heavily shaded 90% of the time. Worst part is the bugs. We all came come with 10-20 mosquito bites each. If you follow the all trails map it will take you to the very top of the waterfall and the creek that feeds it. When you get to the end (at the top of the fall) you can climb up a few yards and get to some boulders where you can look out and see the actual waterfall and the valley below. Some areas were pretty steep incline. Total miles 10.5 (one wrong turn from AL the map). No ATT cell service so make sure to load the map before getting into Arnold.

Jordan Mizak
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Chrys Rhoades
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We completed this hike in addition to top of the world trail and the san Antonio creek falls overlook trail at 12 miles total roundtrip and exactly 7 hrs later. parked at logging museum. We did stop and eat and enjoy the amazing views but we did not take long breaks. This has lots of inclines and switchbacks so be prepared! For beginners doing this hike bring lots of water. we saw people who were struggling on the inclines and steep downgrades and emergency crews did come up for someone at one point. Pictures do not do justice for this hike by any means. we came across a few people who were lost and confused from these directions on map. not sure how so many people got lost but we ended up telling people how to get to waterfall. so make sure you do your research and download map before coming. no cell service at all. For the most part it is well shaded.

Alex G.
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HikingBugs

Great hike. Parked at logging museum and there’s also a lake/picnic area next to the museum. Hike starts out paved for about a mile until you reach SanAntonio trail, keep following that. Eventually 3ish miles in you’ll come to a fork where u can continue straight (i think thats for an overlook), or you can take the sharp right switchback to continue to the TOP of the waterfall. Not sure if there’s a trail for the lower falls but would be nice! Trail ends at the top of the falls, and you can also continue up a short rocky path to get to a higher rock area with great views. See photos! Also hike is shaded almost the entire way!

Suzanne DeLaughder
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HikingBugs

I loved it... even with all the bugs during the part where you walk between the newly closely growing cedar... after the paved road ends. The dogwoods were in full bloom and t was AWESOME!!! Also there were enough people walking it to not feel alone but not enough to bother you... maybe saw 10-15 people all day ;) hung out at the lake after, all in all a lovely day

Tianna Martinez
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Hiking

Actually made it to the top this time! The sign are confusing as others mentioned but just keep going up and following the arrows!

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Jelli Arte
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felt like a very long walk in the woods in my opinion as there’s so many different paths that can be confusing. When looking at the posts standing, there are actually a variety of entrances from private property I believe going into the Arnold rim trail itself. So be on the lookout of the posts and if you want to get to the overlook of the falls make sure you follow the signs of the falls. What helps is reading the posts carefully as there are some that say “not an exit” “private property”. If you end up going in those you end up not going to the overlook. So make sure to avoid that. There will be also be a part where the post says San Antonio creek. If you want to go to the creek maybe to refill water with a filter, go! However make sure you keep following the sign leading to San Antonio falls overlook. It sounds common sense with what I’m writing but the amount of different trails that come along the way just make the hike a bit confusing as I got lost a couple of times. Hope my directions help. Parked from logging museum only to make it to the overlook which is about 5 miles in from the parking lot. Took about 4 hours out and back. So completed 10 miles! Trail itself is kinda unpredictable as it’s like a rollercoaster of a hike. Many uphill and downhill and narrow trail. Do your best to practice social distancing. Bring tons of water for yourself as the creek is opposite of that of the overlook. I had about 2-3 liters. I’m 5’2 and very average in terms of day hikes but I made it!

Barbara Cortopassi
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Great hike. Mostly shady. If you want to go to the actual falls, follow San Antonio creek trail. We hiked to the overlook and it was 11 miles. Park in logging museum lot. Beautiful.

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Phillip Taylor
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BEWARE: Many confusing signs, took two wrong turns in an attempt to get to the falls, when you get to the fork that says equestrian bypass, DO NOT GO TO THE RIGHT, its a DEAD END! although it is a nice picnic spot, its not the falls, go to the left. later on you'll arrive at another split, with no sign whatsoever, go to the right, its a sharp right, THAT will take you to the falls, the left will take you to the OVERLOOK, not the falls, which you'll have to climb GIANT rocks in order to even see the falls! best of luck, nice hike, kinda steep at times, I'm approaching 300 lbs but I made it, its doable.

Melissa Campbell
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fun hike lots of wild life and mushrooms. It wasn't terribly hard to do with the exception of the incline going down to the falls my toes were hurting pretty bad by the time we made it all the way down. lots of shade and relaxing.

Tyler Scott
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Great trail with some challenging elevation. Highly recommend going on top of the rocks to the left of the waterfall. You’ll see a small trail before the fall.

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Manuel Martinez
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Tisha Flores
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Very nice shady trail. The waterfall was amazing. You have to climb up the rocks to get there. It was a great spot for our meal. The inclines on the way back were a bit grueling but we survived. There were a good amount of people with dogs on the trail as well a some mountain bikers. I was dissapointed to see so much dog poop people didn't pick up. Rude. In all I recommend this trail.

Chelsea R
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Great hike. Took a few wrong turns, as the trail markings were a little confusing at times. Lots of shade and amazing view.

Tammera Wright
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You can turn this trail into a loop if you hang a right at the Equestrian Bypass 2.2 miles in from the Logging Museum, making it a 5.1 mile loop hike. Visit the Arnold Rim Trail website for more details. They call it the San Antonio Creek Loop. Heres the link: https://arnoldrimtrail.org/trail-information/arnold-rim-trail-map/ Great loop, but beware, you will have to cross the river on foot if you take the Equestrian Bypass. Theres no bridge or log to cross over on. We opted to take off our shoes and cross barefoot. In mid April the river came up to the top of our thighs. Cold!!! And intimidating in a thrilling way. We made it and will do it again. Altho I might bring my river sandals next time. Rocks underfoot in the river were a bit slippery and "ouchy." Overall the loop is one Ill do often. Great excercise. Plenty of good ground if youre a runner, which I am. So Ill go back. Ill just better prepare for the river crossing.

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