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Harding Falls Trail [CLOSED] is a 6.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Silverado, California that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October.

Length 6.4 mi Elevation gain 1,043 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Running Views Waterfall Wildlife Bugs Muddy Over grown Rocky Scramble Washed out Closed No dogs
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As of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. See park page for more information. The first few miles feature a descent into the canyon on a defined trail out in the open. The way back up is a decent incline in the sun! Trail begins to disappear after you reach the dried creek. Just follow it up, but having a map will prevent you from getting side tracked. Unfortunately this trail gets very overgrown. Lots of poison oak too!!! Once you get yourself into the shaded regions of the hike you will have about a mile and a half left to go. This part is the technical portion. Nothing too scary, but poles are your best friend here. Sadly the waterfall is down to a trickle, but the journey and views were still very worth every bit of the hike. The water pools are very refreshing!

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Priscilla Peraza
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Hiking

Longer than advertised. Pretty tough. Watch out for cars coming up and down around corners. Cars kind of take away from the hike but still a good summit.

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Kody Nguyen
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HikingBlowdownBugsGreat!Off trailOver grownRockyScramble

CAUTION: This is no Sunday walk through the woods. Don't go on this trail of you are not ready to get down and dirty. Also, make sure to bring a first aid kit as there is a possibility of getting hurt out here. The entire time you will be walking along a stream with sharp rocks. You will be climbing over fallen trees and boulders. You will be crossing the water so leave your sandals at home and get a pair of hiking boots to protect yourself from poison oaks and thorns. There are also rattlesnakes and wild animals here. I made a video on my recent hike. Please check it out here before you decide to go on this trail. https://youtu.be/hOysVlGXGHM

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luis Lacroix
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HikingBugsNo shadeOff trailOver grownRockyScrambleWashed out

It's a tough one. The terrain is rough and the paths are not so easy to identify. Follow the map if it's your first time, or you may get off path. Bring a lot of water and make sure to wear sunscreen and a hat, there's not a whole lot of shade out there. Watch out for rattlesnakes, too. I almost stepped on one. All in all, it was a good trail for me. Something new.

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Jen Sev
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HikingBugsOff trailOver grownRockyScrambleSnowWashed out

Not really a trail. All back country all the way to the falls. Don’t stop at the fake waterfall bc Harding falls is right behind it.

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Salvador Ballesteros
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HikingBugsNo shadeOff trailOver grownRocky

Trail is okay but map is no accurate you get to the end if the trail but guess what no water fall you still have to keep going further lol take lots of water I mean it

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Josh Hulstein
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HikingBugsOver grownRocky
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