Rancheria Falls Trail [CLOSED] is a 4.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lakeshore, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length4.1 miElevation gain649 ftRoute typeOut & back
kid friendlyHikingNature tripsBird watchingDog friendlyForestRiverViewsWaterfallwild-flowersWildlifeRockyClosed
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As of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. See park page for more information.

Limited parking and one maintained restroom.

The first right about 1 mile after the China Peak Ski Resort (previously known as Sierra Summit). If you pass the Kokanee Work Camp, you have gone too far. Once you turn around, the trail sign is visible and hides the 8S31 road sign. It's about 1.3mi on a dirt road that ends with parking and a restroom.

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Noah Solis
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Nicki Lynn
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Parking lot to falls and back. Falls were flowing very low. Easy hike with the family.

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Shelby Cornett
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This was a nice short hike to finish off a day hiking up around Huntington. Saw just a few other groups so it wasn’t too crowded on a weekday. The falls were really calm so you could get up pretty close to dip your feet in and feel the mist off the rocks. Great for young’ns and families. Also great for my dog on a leash. Fun little hike!

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Lorraine Hammer
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The trail was shorter than we thought - about .8 miles to the falls. Coming from sea level the altitude was a little rough but manageable. Lovely, mountain trail to some high, steep falls. Heard the falls had more water in April. A short, scenic trail for a great reward (aka the falls) at the end. Not too crowded.

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J Fenwick
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HikingGreat!

There is a sign posted for Rancheria Falls Trail on 168 that's pretty visible from the highway. If you park here, you will add miles to your walk. Or you can drive up the road (went slowly in my Toyota sedan without any issues) and there's a small parking lot and a bathroom. The falls were a little low, but they were just lovely. It's a nice place to sit and just enjoy the majesty of the Sierras.

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Eugina Torrez
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I want to take this hike but thr short version. how do u get to the trail head in my car?

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Anitra Acuna
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Karsta Lieb
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Easy hike if you start from the trail head it’s only about 1.2 miles to the falls. Super chill. We scrambled a little and went right up to the falls.

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Betty ♈️
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Great trail. Short and easy with a lot of shade. I started at the dirt path from the 168 instead of the trail head to make it longer and to add a little bit more of a challenge. From the trailhead to the falls it’s about 30 min.

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Betty ♈️
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Easy out and back trail. I suggest parking near the 168 and not at the trail head to add a little more to the hike and make it more challenging. It’s a dirt, rocky road. From the trail head to the falls is about 30 min easy hike.

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Vince Keenan
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Start at the trailhead instead of 168. The first mile is just a steep dusty road. From the actual trailhead, it’s a great hike for kids and beginners. We had ages 4-14 and everyone really enjoyed it. Not too long or steep, with a great payoff at the end.

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Po Moua
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HikingGreat!

Drove to trail head instead of starting at 168. Be careful when driving on the dirt road heading to the trail head. Took my lowish car and it made fine (Veloster Turbo). Just drive slow and go early if you want to avoid other cars using the same road. A lot of rocks and dips. The trail from the trail head is relatively easy and short. There is a nice view of the waterfall at the end of the trail. The area around the waterfall is quite cold in the morning.

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Jane Voss
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Great hike! Started from the bottom off of the 168 which made it a longer more challenging hike! Waterfall was pretty and was easy to climb to.

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Shelly G
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Such an amazing trail and waterfall! We started at the trail head right off the 168 so in the beginning there wasn’t a lot of shade. We hiked up 2 miles to the parking lot and bathrooms then continued onto the trail. It took us about 30 more minutes to get the the falls.

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Brittany S.
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This was a nice, short-ish trail. We drove up to the trail head rather than hiking from the road. I am *not* in shape and I huffed and puffed over a few of the steeper areas but it was not unmanageable and the falls at the end are so peaceful and beautiful. It was a very rewarding hike. We arrived just prior to 8am and there was one person on his way down and a group ahead of us already at the falls when we got there. On our journey out at about 9-9:30, we passed probably 5 or so groups and the parking lot was full (only two cars when we got there). Don’t be worried about the lot being full though; there’s another road that people were parking along. My only real concern during the pandemic is once you reach the end at the falls, there’s not a lot of space to distance yourself from others. We would have gone up closer to the falls if there weren’t already people there.

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Chad Wright
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Good condition. Easy walk from the parking lot. Dogs ok. Little tricky at the end getting down to the water at the waterfall.

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Christina Smith
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It’s a nice, short hike. We started at about 8am, lots of shade and a nice breeze. A nice waterfall, I can only imagine how nice it must be at peak season. There’s still water flowing. It’s well marked and if you want to shorten the hike, follow the dirt road up to the parking lot. Although I didn’t do hike with my children, they (4 & 7) would be able to complete this hike. It’s family friendly.

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Kristin Reesendez
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It was a nice hike. First half was up hill ( we parked down by the main road).

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Sara Castillo
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My sciatica flared up so this was difficult for me but totally worth it. Will definitely go back.

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Megan M
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Extremely dusty in mid season when there isn't any rain, it's high loam soil. Extremely high trafficked, we started at 9ish. there's no turnout for All trails idea of the start. The parking lot up two miles from turn off, makes this a lot shorter. Falls were nice, but a lot of people.

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Hortencia Lemon
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Went during the summer with my little ones. Easy trail to walk, beautiful view.

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Dulce Vargas
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Beautiful waterfall at the end. Mostly an inclined hike but not difficult. Park by the entrance before the rocky road if you want the 4 mile hike!

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Gabriela Fernandez
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Great trail! Easy to find if you pay attention to the signs, and there was about 10-15 people there so I don’t recommend going on a weekend. I definitely is dog friendly, short walk about an hour long depending how fast you get there but it was super nice and cool!

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Kristine Morgan
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We hit the trailhead early Sunday. Parked at the road and hiked to the trailhead. Beautiful waterfall views. Not many people on the way down, but we were back down by 10am.

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David Suarez
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You’ll see the 2 mile sign just off the 168/Tollhouse road but you can drive in (a mile length) to the parking lot. Note: it is unpaved and a bit rocky but manageable in any vehicle at slow speed. So the remaining length to the falls is less than a mile. Falls are beautiful, hike is fairly easy from the parking lot. Bring toilet paper for the lone restroom at the lot.

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Favi Martinez
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Beautiful scenery! Kid friendly hike, dog friendly hike, elderly friendly hike. I definitely recommend to all first time hikers. This is a beautiful gem of California. Advise: once you take a right and hit the dirt road the hike begins if you choose! You will see many cars parked alongside side the dirt road (find a spot to park). OR keep driving up the dirt road (rocky) until you hit a half way point where you will find a small parking lot and a bathroom (take tp). From their you will find yourself about 10-15 minutes to a breathtaking waterfall! Enjoy, I did!

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Tia Vance
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It was a little confusing getting to the trailhead. We drove up a very rocky road full of holes and slowly made our way to a parking lot with a bathroom. When we actually started the hike, we realized it was very quick reaching the waterfall, which was beautiful btw. But starting from the lot and going up to the waterfall was only 0.8 miles. We were confused because the trail is meant to be a little over 4 miles. Turns out, the rocky road we drove up was actually a part of the hike! We realized that folks were parking in a separate lot and then walking a good chunk of the way up. Seems odd ! But very nice hike. I just wish the start trail and parking wasn’t misleading because we ended up only doing 1.55 miles instead of the full thing

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