Carlon Falls Trail

EASY 81 reviews

Carlon Falls Trail is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Groveland, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from April until October.

2.8 miles
200 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly






no dogs

1 day ago

Great hike! Great views! Great swimming area!

4 days ago

Great area to get away from the crowds. Plenty of areas along the trail to dip in the water. Water is very cold but refreshing after the hike in.

6 days ago

The trail runs along the river for a good portion of the route, which provides for nice scenery in contrast to the absolute devastation from former burns if you look in the other direction. Ease of navigation leaves something to be desired - there are countless offshoots and no blazes to reaffirm whether you are on the actual trail. The falls at the end of the hike are a worthwhile finale.

20 days ago

Nice little day hike. Mostly shaded. Nice little falls/cascades at end. When water volume over falls is lower, many swimming opportunities would be available.

nature trips
1 month ago

I would rate this more as a nature hike. The trail is fairly easy until the last 1/4 mile. From there it becomes steep and rocky until you reach the falls. We did it with a 4 year old in tow.
The trail is within the burn area of the 2013 Rim Fire, it provided a great learning opportunity for our 12 year old to see the devastation and regrowth as part of our nature's cycle.
The falls are amazing with pools to dip in if you dare (that water is icy! brrrr!!).

1 month ago

Great place to visit

1 month ago

There are several short hikes here and you can easily jump from one to the other. The parking area was not clean and maintained. Pretty sad all the garbage was over flowing. The trail is not really special and yes was burned several years ago.
The falls are worth the hike. Great swimming holes and cold water!

2 months ago

Easy hike, plenty of space to park, restrooms, beautiful view!!!

4 months ago

I found this to be a wonderful winter trek. Following the river up to the falls, clear water, cataplier, mushrooms, birds, and snow. I look forward to visiting again in the summer. Easy hike with some moderate (steep) hiking up to the falls.

4 months ago

Can't wait to go back in the summer, but this was a beautiful winter hike. Just a few slick spots and snow, but we'll worth the effort. Gorgeous waterfall and Crystal clear water on this quiet easy stroll.

5 months ago

Easy to navigate, beautiful forest and nearby river. Plenty of parking with restrooms.

7 months ago

Easy hike/walk along the stream with a small cascading waterfall at the end. Pretty fun way to pass some time, but I wouldn't seek this one out with so many other great trails around.

8 months ago

We could not make it all the way. We saw cattle that blocked our way and we could not go through them. There were no people around.

8 months ago

Great easy hike with the kids. The parking area is tiny. There’s additional parking and a vault toilet on the opposite side of the river from the trailhead.

8 months ago

Beautiful waterfalls

8 months ago

Beautiful place

9 months ago

easy at first. moderate as you get closer to the falls. some hills. a little confusing, lots of trails split off to the right and go to the river before the final fall. beautiful and lots of space to hang out.

10 months ago

10 months ago

Took a great family hike ranging from 5-69 it was great! Falls at the end were spectacular and we all had fun swimming.

10 months ago

By far the best hidden secret near Yosemite! Stayed at Hodgdon Meadows Campground this past week and this trail is literally minutes away from the campground. Parked at the trailhead off of Evergreen Road. The hike if fairly easy, my kids (ages 16 and 10) including my 65 year old Dad did this trail. The swimming hole was such a reward at the end of the trail along with the waterfalls. Swam for a while and took it all in! Will definitely be adding this trail to my to do's every time I go to Yosemite now!

11 months ago

Trail itself is okay. Very sandy. What makes it worth the trip is the waterfall at the end.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Loooved this sweet trail!!! It was absolutely perfect for our three boys! Waterfalls, rock climbing, butterflies and a trail that is difficult to lose!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Was a nice little easy hike for outsiders. I really enjoyed.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Short hike with the river flowing right next to the trail until you hit the falls. The falls were also flowing at the most intense rate I have ever seen and it was amazing being able to see this rare sight.

Friday, May 05, 2017

Easy hike. Parking lot has 10-15 spots. Popular mountain biking road.

Monday, April 03, 2017

New to hiking and have to say I absolutely love this trail. Great views, wonderful waterfalls, and not a lot of traffic. Will be returning here soon.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Took the kids and had a great time. The trail gets a little treacherous toward the end by the falls. Kids loved clamoring over the rocks. Lots of fuzzy caterpillars. Beautiful. Peaceful.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Easy hike to do with kids

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

my kids had a great time.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Great trail on the perimeter of Yosemite. Definitely worth the trip if you are in the area. We did this trail on a Friday evening around 5pm and had the trail to ourselves.

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