Brown's Ditch Trail

EASY 14 reviews
#15 of 69 trails in

Brown's Ditch Trail 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.

4.9 miles 544 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

13 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

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.

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!

2 months ago

This trail was really fun! A little scary walking on the flume but doable. A little slippery at times but we got to hike in and out of snow and the waterfall was amazing thanks to all the rain from the past few weeks!

2 months ago

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

This is one of my favorite local hikes. This hike transitions back and forth between walking on the flume and on the trail. You can enjoy the beautiful view of the South Fork Bluffs along the route while listening to the water rush beneath your feet. Once you reach the top you can enjoy the swimming hole and relax by the creek. Unfortunately this isn't a great hike for dogs since the flume walkway grates are rough. As you walk along this trail take note of the bark beetle issues in the pine trees. You will also come across an area where the willow fire burned. When you return to the trailhead walk across rd 274 and take the short paved trail down to the Bass Lake Dam. Have fun!

hiking
4 months ago

A little confusing about where the trail head was. No sign. There is a good sized dirt lot to park in and then you cross the street to the trail, just follow along the aqueduct. Easy enough for my 6 yr old though he started complaining about being tired around 4.5 miles.

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5 months ago

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7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail. Ends at a nice water feature. Pretty low elevation so expect hot weather.

hiking
8 months ago

Amazing hike along the aqueduct! Enjoyed every step of the way... The falls at the end were the cherry on top!

1 year ago

This hike is amazingly FUN you literally walk along an aquatuct bridge 90% of the way. Just for safety don't go by yourself, you cut closely through some backyards and this area isn't known for friendly individuals....next time I'll try and get some pictures!

hiking
1 year ago