Tokopah Valley Trail to Tokopah Falls

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Tokopah Valley Trail to Tokopah Falls is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Red Fir, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November.

DISTANCE
3.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
567 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wildlife

no dogs

Like Yosemite Valley, Tokopah Valley was shaped by a glacier. This trail leads you under the canopy of pines and firs as you pass an occasional meadow and creek-crossings with a rewarding waterfall at the end.

hiking
10 days ago

I have done this trail a total of 3 times and would highly recommend it. Very easy and the views are stunning. Hiked it in the summer and conditions were perfect. Great day hike!

hiking
12 days ago

Beautiful views, moderate to difficult hike during end of March due to hiking in quite a bit of snow. Easy to follow the trail and follow the river and the end view was worth the hike. One way in and one way out!

love this trail...

hiking
26 days ago

Did this trail yesterday, 3/27/18. The trail was covered with snow. Not too bad going in but as the day warmed up the snow became soft and slushy. overall great hike

hiking
1 month ago

I LOVE this hike. If you are looking to do a shorter hike with a great payoff this one is the one! We went in the middle of June and there was still snow! The waterfall at the end was amazing and full. There is a nice flat rock right by the waterfall that we had our picnic lunch at. You will get misted by the waterfall but we thought that was very refreshing. There is also a river right next to the trail for most of the way which was beautiful. I loved the sound of the rapids and how clear the water was!

2 months ago

Great hike even in February cool to see the iced over waterfall!!!

hiking
3 months ago

The kids had a great time. There was still some snow, so the kids enjoyed that. Would definitely do again!

3 months ago

Fun hike took the family and enjoyed it!

4 months ago

Short hike. Awesome Canyon! Look forward to seeing the fall during spring run off.

5 months ago

Great hike for the baby and wife! Carrier friendly and falls were amazing

hiking
6 months ago

Easy trail, elevation gain was just perfect for the beginners I that were with me.

7 months ago

If you like an easy hike next to a creek this is a perfect trail. Almost entire trail shaded by large trees, follows the creeks all the way to the fall. Last hundred yard narrow, rocky. The fall was beautiful.

hiking
7 months ago

10/10 recommend! Easy hike with an amazing view

7 months ago

Amazing!!

7 months ago

My husband & I are in our late 40's and in mediocre shape. We both enjoyed the various landscapes of the hike with gradual incline, meadows, wildflowers, sounds of rushing & trickling river along the entire trail. We rested on a boulder below the falls with a view of the valley, granite cliffs, glorious falls (even in late August). Watched a bear walk across a large boulder to forge berries off the branches around the boulder for over an hour from the same spot. It was glorious. Our day was warm but bearable. We had a backpack with lunch & icepack around some drinks. Beautiful and the drive was pretty easy from central valley.

hiking
7 months ago

The view is wonderful. Could be a little bit hot if hiked in the early afternoon. The last part of the trail is a bit rocky which gets slippery when wet.

hiking
7 months ago

young black bear spotted while hiking.
It is rocky at the end of trail.Waterfall is gorgeous.
Trail is shaded w/spectacular tree,,green,,
Awesome trail..

hiking
7 months ago

This was our first real trail as a family and it was spectacular. It was a beautiful trail and the waterfall was magnificent. It was my husband, myself, our 8 yr old, 6 yr old, 3 yr old, and our dog. The 3 year old was carried because she just had to have a nap. The older kids made it all the way.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice hike through varied terrain up to the falls. A couple of bear-spottings by others coming back down, but we didn't see any. Nice view of the Watchtower from below.

8 months ago

Great hike! Gorgeous falls! FYI not stroller/jogger friendly! We did spot a bear next to the trail

hiking
8 months ago

This hike is relatively easy and why this trail is not popularly recommended ceases me. It was a beautiful pathed hiked, sometimes advantageous but with a great reward at the end. The trail is enveloped with mossed trees, the rapid river right-side illuminates with hues of green and blue. The terrain is beautiful and when you approach the waterfall,....awe-striking. Well worth the trek with the family.

hiking
8 months ago

The sign says 1.7 miles to 1200+ft falls and it was 2.5 miles (I tracked it) and the falls were really a rugged stream that spanned 1200ft. The trail was very clear and definitely a great hike for the family. There were some streams along the way where the kids played. The ending was the biggest disappointment. The falls did not "fall" as expected and the climb over to the water was not kid friendly or very adult friendly. I would do the trail again, but the main attraction was not even the best part.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice hike, but longer than it says here. Also, if you want to actually get close to the falls, you need to be able to navigate some big rocks. Wear good hiking shoes and bring plenty of water. Beautiful scenery!

hiking
8 months ago

The hubby and the kids liked it, me on the other hand was very disappointed. When we almost got to the falls there were big boulders that you had to cross to actually get to the falls. So we were not able to get right really close to them. And as an added bonus it started raining on our way back so we got all soaking wet. The only part i enjoyed was that we seen bear.

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike! Long enough to feel accomplished at the end, but easy enough to bring kids. Right now, with all the water, it is beautiful the entire way to the falls. Parking lot parking in Lodgepole and a general store and hot food for after!

hiking
9 months ago

Very beautiful and highly recommend! there's not much shade at the waterfall so make sure you take a hat, sunglasses and sunblock. Go and enjoy the Glory of God!

hiking
9 months ago

Not sure bout the easy part, at least not for us. And the 3.7 miles? ha! 2.38 from the parking lot to the falls. The hike was really nice and very scenic. We'd definitely do it again!

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike! The trail is mostly flat, only a few inclines and steps but great for an easy day hike! The falls are absolutely beautiful this year but you should definitely go soon because as the season continues there will be less and less water. It's not a secluded hike at all we saw people all day, but worth it regardless!

9 months ago

Nice easy hike with great scenery. We hiked this after setting up camp at lodgepole, and it was lovely. We didn't start till about 3:30, and there weren't too many people further down the trail.

hiking
9 months ago

I hiked this in the summer of 2016. It wasn't that hard but it was very crowded. At the end you have to climb over many rocks but the end result is worth it. I would recommend going early in the morning to avoid the foot traffic. If there's too many people out on the trail the rattlesnakes start their rattling and there is tons. On the way to the falls there's meadows and a few little creeks here and there. It is beautiful. It's really a great beginner hike.

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