Fordyce Falls Via Spaulding Lake Trail

MODERATE 14 reviews
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Fordyce Falls Via Spaulding Lake Trail is a 11 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Alta, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
11.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,437 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wildlife

Excellent summer 11-miler out-and-back hike through the woods and a lake with pleasant views to arrive at a delightful and invigorating Fordyce Falls (~4 miles to the falls, continue on to Grouse Ridge Trail and end up at Eagle Lakes). Plenty of open granite slabs around the creek to nap, picnic, and do some excellent photography. Some of the Spaulding Lake Trail passes through large pipes carrying a multi-lake water collection and transportation system for hydro-electric generation. This system is minimally intrusive to the natural habitat and beauty of the region. The Spaulding Lake beach along the trail is a nice place to take a break in and out of the Falls. After heavy rains there can be high water near the start of the trail. Some of this old trail is not maintained well and is difficult to follow.

1 month ago

Just tried to hike to this lake. The trailhead was hard to find because of no visible signs. 4 rattle snakes were spotted on the trail so we didn’t go as far back to the falls. We camped at the lake for two nights and that was nice. There is a nice little camp set up along the trail that we took advantage of.

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1 month ago

Awesome trail! I've never hiked the full 11 miles, but usually hike 8-9. Still a great time and enjoy hanging out at the river with friends.

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