Brown's Ditch Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY]

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Brown's Ditch Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY] is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near North Fork, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
272 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

snow

private property

26 days ago

The trail says its private property and there's signs everywhere but bumped into a few locals and they said a lot of people do the hike. Bring lots of water. There will be a lot of metal grates to walk on.

1 month ago

Said this was a private property trail? We went on july 1st and it was really hot. We were scared there wasn't going to be any water because the canal that you walk over was empty for the first 2 miles. Thankfully the river appears near the end and the waterfall section was coool. We went for a dip and cooled off. good times!

3 months ago

This was a nice trail and it was fun to walk the flames. It's a pretty easy trail . Went on April 22 2018 and the water was running. Will definitely do it again when it's a little warmer to play in the creek.

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3 months ago

Great easy hike. Walking across the metal grates is nerve racking at first. I get a bit of motion sickness, so walking against the flow of water made me a bit dizzy. Not a lot of climbing. My 10 yr old and 8 yr old loved it and did great. The end has a bit of water to look at and we didn’t cross the pools.

hiking
4 months ago

It was more of a walk than a hike. But this walk let you down... it’s definitely thrilling and adventurous. Walking on the flumes is exhilarating... especially if there’s water. I wouldn’t suggest little kids do this hike... it could be dangerous. Nice little place to have a picnic at the end with the sound of the rapids.

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5 months ago

We took my 3yr old and a 6yr old friend.
I was fine starting out but if you have issues with heights be prepared for a few tough descents. I froze several times trying to get over metal grates. The kids had a great time, we made it to the water for a picnic and a little rope free boulder climbing. The views were great, the breaks were many. Bring plenty of water, or something to purify with.
Start early and enjoy the peacefulness, if you’re out on Saturday be prepared for taking turns walking down the metal grates.

hiking
6 months ago

We did this hike as a family with the kiddos...trail length is actually over 5 miles but super flat and easy kids really enjoyed it. Also the flys are NO JOKE!! they sure are buzzing around a little annoying at times but we got through it.

8 months ago

Did this quick hike today (12-8-17) and I have to say I enjoyed it. The bugs are brutal at times though, I didn't believe the reviews I read before going and wrote them off as city slickers whining but they were right, those flies are persistent. Other than that it was just what I wanted for a quick day hike just to get out of Fresno for the day and recharge before finals next week. Practically flat the whole way and a super easy trail to follow literally just following the flume but walking the tops of the flume gave it just enough uniqueness to make it interesting. There's currently no water running in the flume other than stagnant puddles but the waterfall and pool at the end are flowing nicely.

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8 months ago

Really fun to walk over all the flumes! The face flies were a bit out of control but we used branches to fan our faces and it was tolerable. Our kids, 8 and 10, did well on the flumes but it might be a bit scetchy for little ones.

hiking
8 months ago

9 months ago

Fun little trail to check out. Half of the trail is burnt up from the fires recently. None of the trail is ruined from it. When you get to the end there is a nice water spot to have your lunch.

hiking
10 months ago

Do not take your dogs on this hike or there feet will get destroyed due to sharp cleats walked on. Do not take little brat children due to how dangerous it is. Our 11 year old did great though but she is not a brat. Lots of nats. Still an exhilarating hike. well worth it. I gave it a 4 because of bug presence.

10 months ago

Great trail.

hiking
11 months ago

This is a fun and easy hike. You're able to walk along the grates on the flume and the trail ends at water so it's a nice midpoint to enjoy before turning around. There's plenty of parking in the dirt across the street then just follow the flume!

11 months ago

Took my dog on this trail and the grates cut her paws. Pawful trail! >:(

hiking
11 months ago

I'd go back just for the view. It was beautiful, a little smokey because of the fires but still nice. Just beware of the gnats if you decide to go. Maybe bring something for your eyes because it gets pretty intense at certain points.

hiking
11 months ago

The amount of flying bugs was terrible (not sure if they were mosquitos). Used a can of bug spray and still couldn't escape them. The trail is easy and mostly flat. Wouldn't recommend if you are afraid of heights or have poor balance. The "waterfall" at the end is pretty...not sure if I would swim in the water.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Took my dog on this trail and the grates cut her paws. Pawful trail! >:(

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Took my dog on this trail and the grates cut her paws. Pawful trail! >:(

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Took my dog on this trail and the grates cut her paws. Pawful trail! >:(

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Did not live up to my expectations of 4.5 rating. What is this a 4.5 out of 10? Do you wanna walk on grates? Then this is the "hike" for you! Would not do this again.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Gorgeous and beautiful reward at the end with the rapids! (^^)

Monday, July 10, 2017

Took the kids and my Dad on this trail and was surprised how fun it was. Super easy but for the kids first hike it's perfect. When you get to the end there is a waterfall "off trail" up about .4 miles but worth the hike through the forest. Totally recommend this for first timers getting them started into hiking.

hiking
Saturday, July 01, 2017

More of a walk than a hike. Some spots have great views but the forest fires left it's mark on a third of the trail. It's refreshing to walk in the canal, if your willing to step on a few rocks. My cousin and I found a creek below one of the bridges you cross and decided to look into it. It was gorgeous. There's a big flat rock perfect for yoga (with a 20-30% incline) and a quick resting spot. The end was worth the wait. Nice man-made pool perfect for a picnic and to swim around and cool off.

Tip: if the water if high enough in the canal, bring a small inner tube or paddle board to float down the canal on the way back. The whole time we wish we brought one. Looked like a ton of fun.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Great for beginners! Has beautiful scenery and a waterfall at the end!

hiking
Monday, May 08, 2017

Nice fun hike on the flume with great views of the South Fork Bluffs. The rapids at the end are amazing.

hiking
Sunday, April 16, 2017

Very easy....took our time just getting my daughter into nature and hiking ..

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Loved this trail! Very easy and good payoff with the rapids at the end.

hiking
Saturday, February 11, 2017

Awesome hike. Did not know what to expect and let me tell you the hike was great. Added some pictures, so everyone can see. Not difficult and would recommend you add the south area of Bass Lake to the hike which is right off the parking lot. Parked on the dirt lot across the street. You are looking about 6.5 miles. Light hiking boots or trail shoes are enough.

hiking
Monday, January 30, 2017

For me it was hard to find the beginning of the hike. If your coming from Fresno then the parking will be to your left and the beginning of the hike will start across the street to your right. There's a small street sign that says browns ditch road or something like that. Right now there's lots of muddy spots and lots of snow as you hike further in. There's no signs guiding where you should go and that made it a little difficult for me to know if I was going the right way. All you have to know is that the trail runs along the side of the flume the entire time of your hike. I brought my small dog, but I wouldn't recommend bringing your dog unless you have a carrier like me to carry him every time you walk on the flume. In my opinion, the steel flume looks sharp for dog paws. Overall, I definitely enjoyed this trail. A totally different way of hiking. Happy Adventuring!

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