Potem Falls Trail

EASY 43 reviews

Potem Falls Trail is a 0.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Montgomery Creek, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
0.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
98 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Potem Falls is a stunning waterfall. It is narrow at the top and fans out at the bottom as it plunges 69 ft. off a cliff into the Pit River arm of Lake Shasta

hiking
3 months ago

Not much hiking but plenty of relaxing. Good vibes (and not many people on a sunny November day). Will be back in the summer to swim.

hiking
3 months ago

WOW, WOW WOW!!! Short but sweet.

hiking
4 months ago

Great short walk to get down to the falls. Little hidden gem tucked away in the middle of Northern California forest. Very shaded beautiful little swimming area in the creek below the falls before it journeys on down to the Pit River arm of Shasta Lake.
Off the beaten path to get to trail head, but worth the drive if you want to pack a lunch and enjoy a quiet scenic drive to a secluded little trail to Potem Falls.

Loved it!!!

5 months ago

Very easy hike to a swimming hole and beautiful waterfalls. Seems secluded which was great because of less folks. You have to drive a dirt road going here so be careful.

7 months ago

best swimming spot around ❤

hiking
7 months ago

Amazing

hiking
7 months ago

Easy trail with a beautiful waterfall and swimming hole at the bottom. Only con is that there is a lot of litter!

7 months ago

Good place

7 months ago

beautiful place to go.

7 months ago

It's a must to visit!
Love this place.

7 months ago

This is one of my favorite spots! Super short hike, but the falls fill your heart! :) The water is pretty cold. Fun to walk down the creek a bit. Love this one!!!

hiking
7 months ago

This is amazing. True slice of paradise. We be back again. Went on a weekday and no one was there.

hiking
8 months ago

absolutely beautiful. hike was nice and easy. had the whole family with. the trail is narrow.

hiking
8 months ago

Very short hike to AMAZING swimming hole under roaring waterfall. Plan to return during hotter months for a dip!

8 months ago

Like a little paradise tucked away!! Tons of butterflies when I went too!

hiking
10 months ago

AMAZING falls at this time of year (April) in the rain. Not much of a “hike” which is a bummer. But if you take the path on the right it’s pretty fun climb down to the falls, very steep and dangerous, especially in the mud. Lots of poison oak tho. Easy switchback trail to the left.

hiking
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Easy hike down to a beautiful waterfall and swimming hole. Lots of dust on the dirt road getting there, but so worth it.

hiking
Monday, August 14, 2017

#tenlegstosunset Dogs loved it but wanted more! Nice long drive to what was once I'm sure a local secret spot! Super short easy hike and gorgeous water worth exploring next time. I plan to combo this with any other hikes out this area - or better yet, bring friends! Went late in the day to avoid heat but the water was so cool and the hike so short, next time I must come when it's hot to swim and use tree swing!
Beware Bambi and friends on the road coming in - lots of em! And the blue posts are the only sign of the trail head.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

easy hike and a rad place

Monday, July 17, 2017

Great waterfall, I went on a Sunday and it got pretty crowded. Hiked with my kids (6 and 4) and my mom (70). We had a blast. The path is narrow and steep but fine if you go slow.

hiking
Thursday, July 06, 2017

Beautiful Falls! It has a very private feel to it. Water is chilly but felt great on a hot summer day. Dog and kid friendly.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

This is one of the most beautiful falls. The hike was super easy and I packed in my little one. The long part was the drive off the 299. It turns into a single lane dirt road. Watch your Google maps or you may miss it.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Super easy hike. Huge waterfall.

I like hitting Potem, Hatchet and Burney Falls all in the same day.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Beautiful and easy to get to! Water is freezing year round!

Monday, April 17, 2017

my favorite!!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Short hike to a beautiful waterfall.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

beauty is everywhere and abounding in this place, that is for sure

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Awesome spot to hang out and swim! not much of a hike because its just a zig-zag trail to the falls going down the side of the hill. you have to drive here unless you live nearby. too much traffic in the summer. used to be a local hang out that has been posted too many times so there is a lot of outsiders visiting; meaning dont be upset that the locals are upset with you!

hiking
Friday, August 26, 2016

Very short but sweet hike. The water fall is so beautiful. It is very hard to see the trail head from the road so be careful not to pass it!!

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