Explore the most popular Wild Flowers trails near Foresthill with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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bugs
over grown
16 hours ago

Bug spray! Kickass hike. Peaceful, lush, challenging... you're a stud if you hit this trail!!!

My oldest son is an avid hiker and took us hiking on the trail. It’s a moderate trail with lots of uphill/downhill terrain and beautiful views of the foothills and valley below. Some of the hills have a lot of loose dirt/rock so it can be a little slippery on the steeper uphill climbs - Same with the down hill. Some say you’re fine hiking in old tennis shoes but I would suggest wearing a pair of good hiking boots that support your ankle, so you don’t roll it on the downhills with loose rocks. We only got to compete about half the trail as the access trails to the river below were unfortunately closed for some reason and many of the side trails were blocked off due to “renovation”. However, it was a great hike and I had a wonderful Fathers Day hiking there with my family. We would definitely like to go back when they open back up access to the river.

hiking
9 days ago

Really nice trail. The Hawk is still there and attacked me three/four times before I could get out of the area. A little tougher on the way back up.

mountain biking
19 days ago

Good trail, some short steep uphills followed by down hill, very fun loop recommend ,not the most Scenic but fun

hiking
21 days ago

I hike often using AllTrails and this hike so far has definitely been one of our favorites. The drive down I would agree is a bit much for anything but an SUV or truck although you can make it down in a car very slowly. The trail is a bit narrow which drops down enough to do some serious damage. The hike is full of butterflies and wild flowers. Although I'm sure there are ticks and snakes we did not experience that issue. Once you get to the waterfalls it's beautiful. Tons of shade and places to relax and enjoy the water. My suggestion would to bring water shoes. It will help get to some other places further down the falls. This place is a must see.

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no shade
over grown
23 days ago

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blowdown
muddy
over grown
scramble
28 days ago

Did the hike on May 27, 2019. Beautiful trail. It was very over grown and when It rained the night before so all the plants and bushes had water on them which got me soaked from waist down. I decided not to hike all the way to the end and ended detouring to Beacroft Trail. Beacroft trail was also over grown but it was better but not by much. Barely saw a soul the whole hike. I did see a lot of bear droppings. Be cautious.

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bugs
washed out
1 month ago

Nice easy hike along the beautiful river. Great view. Shady/sun 50/50. Great spring floral to see. Easy mostly flat terrain. Falls makes for a sweet end to the trail. Road down is fairly washed out from the rains. Recommend AWD with good clearance. Downside: Be prepared for ticks. Lots of ticks in the area and they don’t discriminate between pets and humans. Which it’s quite unpleasant. Highly recommend having pets on tick medication and for people to wear long sleeves and pants and consider using some form of bug repellent.

I really wanted to love this hike. The drive down the dirt road in my sentra was one of the most difficult driving experiences of my life. It took us over an hour each way. the hike was beautiful, but the trail is narrow and NOT good for kids. My kid fell off the trail and my mom hands saved her from serious injury. Tons of poison oak. TONS. It was not a relaxing trip and I would not go back unless I was with only adults and we had a truck/SUV.

It was a good trail to take once.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Riding through various ecosystems you’d see across the US and world. Beautiful views around every corner and climb. Great workout and great little kid bmx memories rushing in!

Practice backpack hike with grandson. A hot day but flowers in bloom. Quite hilly. No bikes today.

This trail is blocked off by a gate and numerous No Tresspassing and Private Property signs a short distance after it crosses the Foresthill Divide Loop trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Spring is best time to go or arrive early in Summer. Trail is 50 /50 full sun, shade. Path is clearly defined so great for kids and dogs on leashes. Bring tick remover and lavender oil, found several on dogs. The road there requires a 4WD and I suspect in fall/winter washes out during rainy days. I took my Forester and had moments of uncertainty driving it in Spring. Butterflies, flowers, lizards, frogs and even long snakes to see. The waterfall was beautiful and a nice way to end the trail. Highly recommend but only rated 4 stars due to limited accessibility for everyone

Great hike, I will recommend to take a left loop because to upcoming traffic and easy to pass by

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no shade
1 month ago

The original Ruck a Chucky was a dirt 4x4 road that went from the staging area on divers flat road down to the river. As of a week ago (we were told) they put graded gravel down over the dirt road and so the 'hike' from the staging are is basically a walk down a road to the river. views are amazing and i imagine that coming up the road would be a nice thigh burner. We drove to the bottom at the advice of some nice rangers and parked at the campground and then hopped on the western states trail for about 4miles. .went past a lovely waterfall and really enjoyed the hike. it is a bit overgrown, but we didn't see many people (other than the rangers and some ultra runners). the trail was lovely, tons of butterflies and wildflowers and follows the river. it descends and gains elevation so you are next to the river at some points and well above it at others. it felt fairly easy as we were doing it, but the last mile or so made me realize that it was a decent workout after all. i'd still rate it as easy to moderate if you drive down. my only other caveats would be that the road coming down is VERY narrow; as in there is NOT room for 2 cars to pass each other so you should be prepared to back up a 1/2 mile or so in some spots to do so and drive slowly. i also wouldn't bring a dog on this bc of the gravel and the scorching sun.

hiking
1 month ago

We did this trail yesterday! Awesome hike! Super bloom in full effect, waterfalls at its peak, and River was roaring ! Dirt road to get there was a little sketchy, recommend high clearance vehicles! Trail head starts near the bridge where the restroom is located! We walked the opposite side before finding the hidden trail sign! But definitely a fantastic beautiful hike this time of year! :)

hiking
1 month ago

The paved road coming in turns into a dirt road that should really only be taken with an off road vehicle or truck. It’s a ways down the dirt road but worth the drive. The drive down is beautiful. The trail is to the right of the bridge. The hike was easy and suitable for kids as I had my 9 year old and 20 mth old in my hiking backpack. We also brought our dog. The waterfall was so beautiful and the shallow swimming holes were a treat after the hike to get there. There was 1 picnic table and a few out houses.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail was great and amazing today. The poppies were in bloom and the black monarch butterflies were out. I dunked myself in the lower pool below codfish falls. I took my 3 year old and my 80 year old parents as well. Along with my 6, 8, and 10 year old boys. The falls were roaring. The temperature was perfect 80° and we were the only ones there!

hiking
2 months ago

Good for a fun day hike - Flat and easy. Good views of the American River. Small waterfall was a nice reward for the nasty drive to get to the trail head, 4 Wheel drive with high clearance only.

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bugs
2 months ago

The trailhead starts right off of Foresthill Rd. and is consistently downhill all the way to the river. The elevation gain on the way back up is what makes the trail difficult. My advice is to bring plenty of bug spray because the mosquitos are brutal in the summer and fall. I encounter bear nearly every time I’ve done this trail and although I’ve never had to use it, I recommend keeping bear spray close by.

Great hike beautiful flowers and butterflies. Amazing waterfalls! My daughter caught quite a few frogs and I caught a garden snake. Road down isn't bad but I would definitely drive down in a truck. Not a lot of places to park. Get there early. A lot of poison oak on the trail watch out.

Incredibly awesome views, very few people, great workout, amazing floral colors and clear clean waters that were moving fast! Loved it!

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rocky
2 months ago

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over grown
2 months ago

Loved this trail. It is a challenge and significant parts overgrown but not too difficult to follow. It is straight down then straight back up. Trail head is a little misleading but once you dead end head straight back and you will see the sign. Worth it for a few old Ming equipment pieces at the bottom. Happy trails and be ready for the incline back up.

Beautiful trail and fun hike. Only reason to take a star off is that trail is small and bikes take priority over hikers space wise. But all bikers were responsible and respectful entire trip! highly recommend!

hiking
2 months ago

Easy down, fairly hard uphill. Nice trail overall. Worth checking out if you want a easy three miler.

hiking
3 months ago

Great spring hike.

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bugs
rocky
3 months ago

Loved this hike. Easy trail along the river. Exactly 1.5 miles to the falls which right now is gushing with water! Fantastic falls for the Auburn area. We found two TICKS. So be on the look out for those. The drive to the trailhead is mostly off roading. Wouldn’t recommend bringing a small car. SUVs will have a bumpy ride. Preferable road to trucks and off roading vehicles. My 2005 Ford Escape made it!

hiking
4 months ago

Quick, easy, flat hike. River was high, and the creek/waterfall was flowing high as well. Road going in is paved part of the way, and then very bad dirt road for about 2.5 miles past that. You don't NEED a truck to get to the trailhead, but that's the easiest way - we did it in a raised AWD station wagon, and that was fine.

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