Salmon Creek Falls Viewpoint via Rincon Trail

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Salmon Creek Falls Viewpoint via Rincon Trail is a 3.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Kernville, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 3.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,220 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

no shade

Please note that as of March 2019, the short road leading to the trailhead from CA-99 may be closed due to erosion. This will add 0.75 miles one-way to the hike.

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rocky
24 days ago

Fun trail, extended by about a mile as the parking bay is further than the trail start. Steep incline and high elevation gain, but the falls are nice. Took about 3 hours up and back.

Trailhead is another mile from the pArking spot down at the river

recorded Recording - Sep 03, 11:32 AM

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rocky
5 months ago

beautiful hike but once you get to the stream crossing be sure you have bug spray, the bugs are thick through there right now.

Lovely trail. Very hot on an August morning so have plenty of water with you but definitely worth doing it. Nice fresh river to cross over.

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no shade
6 months ago

Parked on the road to where the directions guided us, then it was probably a good mile and a half walk to the trail beginning. Great trail but probably best done in the cooler months. Steep start with little shade so was glad of the 3 litres of water I packed. Last section was less steep and the trees provided welcome relief from the blistering heat.Reward was a paddle at Salmon Creek Falls before descending a lot quicker than ascent.

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bugs
no shade
6 months ago

The first two-thirds of the hike up to Salmon creek is pretty challenging with steep terrain and no shade but the last third of the trail makes up for it. Once you get closer to salmon creek it becomes more foresty and shaded. Salmon creek is amazing! Lots of gorgeous waterfalls and beautiful sights. Be careful around the bridge because there is a lot of stinging nettle.

no shade
rocky
9 months ago

It seems that the distance and elevation estimate is not correct. We were about 1/2 mile from Packsaddle Cave at the unmarked viewpoint area. Our group felt we went 6 miles total and climbed at least 2,500ft. Would be interesting to hear opinions of others. Regardless, it was a great challenge and the weather was PERFECT. I would not attempt in summer, as there was not much shade.

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muddy
rocky
washed out
9 months ago

The road leading to the trail head was accessible in a small SUV (Honda CRV). Pretty trail, didn’t make it to the falls due to weather but would definitely return. You can also continue on this trail to a cave.

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bugs
9 months ago

We were able to drive up & park at the sluice area. Lots of waterfalls. Beautiful and powerful. The trail starts off steep. It was a little “buggy” during spring break. We walked about a mile until the trail sort of ends and ascends up a fairly steep rock area. We decided to do this part when we are better prepared.

10 months ago

Looks like the road is open again but we hiked up from the bottom of Rincon which isn't passable by cars anyway. Not a lot of shade at the bottom but once you get higher the trail has plenty of shade and is very beautiful. We turned around at the bridge where Salmon Creek was really flowing. 7 miles r.t. from our car.

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rocky
11 months ago

11 months ago

The road to get to the trail head is currently closed due to being washed out which adds about 1 1/2 miles to the hike. It is a nice trail but has ruts in it due to dirt bikes, also there is no shade on the first half of the trail until you get over the ridge heading down to Salmon creek then it becomes nice and shaded.

hiking
11 months ago

Very nice trial. Most of the seasonal creeks are running due to our recent weather and Salmon Creek has very good flow. Would rate this trail as easy moderate. Keep an eye out for the blue nylon tape to your right shortly after the bridge. Will allow you to get closer to the falls for a better view point. Got bit by a tick and a reminder rattlesnake season is almost here so personally I'd be cautious about going off trail

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muddy
Thu Jan 17 2019

Thu Jan 17 2019

Nice hike to Salmon creek and views of Salmon creek falls.

hiking
Sat Dec 29 2018

Easy hike, beautiful views.

hiking
Thu Dec 27 2018

Beautiful views, and scenery. About 2 miles in the trail is cut off by a down tree. Did not proceed past that. Still got a good view of the falls.

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