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Western States Trail to Calcutta Falls

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Western States Trail to Calcutta Falls is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Auburn, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until September.

Distance: 2.2 miles Elevation Gain: 269 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

views

waterfall

wild flowers

hiking
1 month ago

short easy trail with nice canyon views. spur trails head siwn to the river. but watch out for middle aged nudists down there

hiking
1 month ago

Easy walking path for an afternoon stroll. A few slightly rocky parts but easy enough to do in flip flops!

hiking
2 months ago

the falls are very small in August, better off hiking down a trail to the river.

Great Loop, good access to swimming spots, great views. 4.5 miles by the Apple Watch. Nice shade. We started at 7:15 am to beat the heat and it worked out great done by 9:15

hiking
3 months ago

Wide, well packed trail with plenty of shade. Take the overpass and the bridge onto to trail rather than parking along the highway and following the path along the highway. The access to the water happens right at the beginning of the trail (within first mile). The falls are about 2 miles in and were small in July and full of people smoking weed and just hanging out drinking on a Sunday. You can keep hiking another 2 miles and then the trail inclines so sharply you have to climb due to a washout (near vertical climb but a muddy wall). We saw a lot of people wanting to access the water 4 miles out but you need to do that towards the beginning of the trail head.

Started at 9 am but it was still hot. Some shade along trail. Great for dogs. Waterfall is still flowing, nice spot to cool off at. We took one trail down to the water to cool off again, very refreshing. We saw horses, other hikers, dogs, and a mountain bike and everyone was respectful of each other.

hiking
3 months ago

realitively easy, wouldn't personally classify as moderate

4 months ago

Short but very scenic. we loved it

hiking
4 months ago

we hiked Western States Trail to Calcutta Fall and on to Robie point, approx 4.4 miles round trip on a 90 degree day. several opportunities to get wet along the way. exposed sun at the beginning, partial shade after you pass the fall, which is small with a small cascade. Robie Point is non descriptive with the foundation of a late 1800s or early 1900s dwelling as your final destination. the graffiti made for a disappointing end to the hike with no real scenery for reward. the coolest thing about Robie point was a small patch of trail with a beautiful gathering of black and yellow butterflies all around us as we walked.

A bit hot, with only a little shade. Access to the river if you go off the path. Good for families. Waterfall at the end is refreshing and a great place to eat lunch.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice easy trail that is great to enjoy with family. Parking is a challenge as multiple trailheads nearby make for a popular hiking destination. Waterfall had decent flow today (5/27) with the recent rain.

If you go off down the left side there’s a great spot to get to the river. Decent currents careful if you take a dip

Great easy hike. Had my 3.5 years daughter with me and she had no problem. Good family hike.

hiking
6 months ago

Perfect hike for the whole family. The falls are beautiful and the views are great. My four year old did the entire hike on her own.

It was a good flat short wide trail

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful walk. My two year old was able to walk it with no problems.

hiking
6 months ago

This was a fun trail to do with my five-year-old. We arrived a little after 9 AM on a Sunday and found a parking space on the side of the road, fortunately. After you enter the trail head and hike for about .1 mile, you will pass 2 Porta potties. Then you will cross over historic Mountain Quarries bridge. Calcutta Falls is about 1.1 miles from the trail head. It was Looking great today, thanks to all the rain we’ve been getting. If you go a little further past the falls up the trail, there is a picnic bench. There is a trail there that will take you down to a little beach on the river. It is steep, but my five-year-old handled it, so it’s not too bad. Lots of wildflowers and butterflies today.

6 months ago

The trail was a bit muddy after last week's rains, but falls are full. Wildflowers are starting to bloom.

hiking
6 months ago

Highly recommend for families. The views of the river are beautiful. The waterfall is at it’s peak.

this was a nice trail. heavily used, lots of families, little kids, trail runners, horses and dogs on leash. I needed a walk to stretch my and my dogs legs on the drive back to the bay. this was a great place to stop and walk in the sun. the river was beautiful to walk along. parking wasn't the best but we found a spot as someone was leaving.

hiking
6 months ago

I took my six and eight-year-old daughters to get out of the house without electronics and enjoy nature! It was the perfect distance. They enjoyed seeing the butterflies, birds, dogs, and horses along the way. We will definitely be back!

hiking
muddy
7 months ago

Very nice trail. Came after the rain so it was very muddy but over all a nice hike. We went pass the waterfall onto Robie Point onto Stage Coach trail. 9.1 miles over. Didn’t really have much to see after the waterfalls but the weather made it nice to hike.

hiking
8 months ago

An easy local hike for beginners to get back into shape! Also nice that there's a "destination" you can enjoy. The falls were more than I was expecting for something so close and easy to access.

hiking
9 months ago

Easy to get to but road side parking can be risky. Great views of the river and canyon. Easy on my dog. Mostly hikers and runners with a couple on horseback.

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful trail along the American River with good variety to keep adults, kids and dogs interested. Easy hills, plenty of both sun and shade, gorgeous river valley views, and even fun little bridges over rushing waterfalls. Lots of options to take offshoot trails down to the river. At the river bed there's plenty of safe areas to explore on the rocky shores. There is limited free parking right on the highway by the trailhead. Clean porta potties at the trailhead too!

Monday, August 20, 2018

@Jenniffer, yes those were the falls, next to the small wooden bridge. As I mentioned, it is this time of the season that the falls are running very low on water. We were told by a regular hiker on this trail to come back in winters if we want to see the falls in full swing.

Monday, August 20, 2018

It was very hot today. Can someone tell me if the falls are where the little wooden bridge is? We walked past that and went for a very long hike. We didn't see any falls other than that very small creek. The trail is nice though and lots of people were out. The river below is nice.

hiking
Sunday, August 19, 2018

Did this today, it was damn hot and too dry. Trail was good though and the falls are running very low at this time of the season. If you go to the river below you can spend some quality time in water but there is no shade around water. We’ll return to this trail in winters again and hope to see the waterfall in it’s full swing.

hiking
Monday, July 23, 2018

Did this hike with a bunch of Cub Scouts, it’s hot, but the falls at the end are a nice reward. Parking is kind of a hassle, but overall a fun afternoon.

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