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Harding Falls Trail

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Harding Falls Trail is a 6.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Silverado, California that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

Distance: 6.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,043 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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waterfall

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There is free parking with plenty of spaces throughout the day. 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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rocky
25 days ago

Not an easy trail

hiking
1 month ago

Great time with my daughter had some close time and really enjoyed teaching her how to kill salamanders and slam the frogs all while on shrooms highly recommend

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1 month ago

Alright. This trail is basically a s*** show. U start off on a fairly good dirt trail like okay everything seems ok. Then u hit the rocks. U think oh, okay maybe just a bit. No the whole way is you slamming bushes and crashing through trees and trying to avoid falling into the bacteria infested water. On top of that, there’s not necessarily a fixed trail so it really depends on how u just navigate through it by yourself. Oh, on top of that, u have to walk on rocks and climb boulders THE WHOLEEEEE WAY. it’s not even like the scenery is that amazing. You’re situated deep into the mountain valley and all you see is this disgusting dried up creek, millions of gray rocks, and tons of spiders. Tbh. I genuinely think is was harder than Angel’s peak Or any national park hike. .5 walking on rocks is wayyyyy longer than .5 on dirt

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1 month ago

Highly not recommended for people doesn't expect to wade through the bushes, climbing over rocks and fallen trees all the time. All road goes on the bottom mostly dried riverbend by small and not only rocks. In fact there is no trail, just bottom of the river and going thru the bushes. I've turn thru at 1/3 path when I was tired of this acrobatic training and when I saw snake skin on a road.

hiking
1 month ago

This was my third time on this trail and finally made it to the falls for my bday. I love this trail although it may be a while before we return (me and my dogs) it really beats you up. Once you drop into the canyon and turn right the trail is pretty easy to follow the first mile or so. Then you start seeing water in the creek and things start to get interesting. The trail disappears often and you end up just hiking up the creek bed. The further you go the tougher it gets, and after about two miles you will spend most of your time scrambling over rocks and debris - lots of debris. You still have about a mile to go to the waterfall and it only gets tougher until right at the end. We had some summer thunderstorms earlier in the week so there was lots of water. You will start to see deeper crystal clear pools and we saw a water snake, salamanders, and amazing dragonflies. There is a smaller waterfall about 1/2 mile from the real falls so keep going. The canyon will really start to narrow down and get steeper but gets a little easier the last 1/4 mile. You will know you are there when the canyon ends with sheer rock on all sides and a decent size pool with the waterfall on the right side. Because of the rains it was flowing pretty good. Going back isn’t much easier than getting there so plan accordingly. It was around 90 today and took 4 1/2 hours round trip and we ran the sections we could. If you take your dog they will need to be in good shape. A tough challenging hike but in my opinion well worth the effort!

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2 months ago

Was hoping to make it to the falls and should have taken the reviews more seriously. Way too much overgrowth and the previous bigger river has made the trail even harder to find. The hike took us 4hrs and we only made it 4 miles round trip. If you love jumping over a bunch of old logs and crawling through bushes and stepping over HUNDREDS of river spiders within the rocks then this is the hike for you!

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3 months ago

Take Harding Falls Trail at your own risk!! If you are not a semi experienced adventurer hiker don’t attempt this hike. Went 6-16-19 still plenty of water in the falls gunna dry up quick though! It is shaded in some areas have to cross the creek about 25+ times. It is very slow paced and took 8 hours total to the falls and back, I’m sure if you are more experienced or know the trail it won’t take as long. Don’t let AllTrails fool you either the hike is about 7.5 miles round trips and 1600+ feet of elevation not as easy as AllTrails makes it sound!! Probably wouldn’t do it again. Just too much of everything.

My first and last time. I’ve done it in less than four hours. It’s hard to find the trail. It is definitely hard for most of the people because of lots of jumping and lifting up yourself. Water is still running but less than May, when my friend hiked there. Be careful for poison oaks.

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3 months ago

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