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Beautiful waterfall! There is also a cave near it. Some large rocks that you have to climb around to get near the base of the fall, but overall an easy walk to get to. Only reason why I’m giving it 4 stars is because it’s too short to be considered a full hiking experience.

Beautiful crevasses

10 months ago

Did a quick overnight from Salmon Creek Ranger station (non operational). Steep most of the way in to Buckeye camp but plenty of water even in September (2 creeks still flowing and plenty of water at the Rangers station and at buckeye camp). Overlooks were superb. Only 2 other hikers on the trail but brush was nicely cleared and no poison oak was reaching onto the trail. One small slide area about 1 1/2 miles before buckeye camp but besides that all of the trail was well maintained.

you guys don't have any idea what a refuge that place was for deserters from the Armed Forces and hippies in the late sixties, early seventies. it was great. No one looked for you there. You see all those nooks and crannies around the base of the falls? We lived there for months at a time. it was a glorious.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

I hiked this trail to Buckeye camp and back, and it was a beautiful trail. Four creeks were still flowing at the trickle level. The views of the coast are beautiful at the one mile point and there is plenty of beautiful mountain scenes. The trail is easy to follow but tricky in places, so watch your step. Also, most of the trail is uphill. Overall, very beautiful for the first 5 miles. I will be back to finish it to Villa camp Instagram @picbynathan

Easy trek to the lower view point of the falls. Easy to find and clearly marked. You can keep climbing to make it more challenging. Rocky and slippery, but very green and pretty.

It was fun just not that kid friendly, be prepared to life kids up the rocks and down the rocks, little ones not recommend if you don't have help, will go back for sure just not with the little ones and probably after a good rain.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Went in mid January. Did the longer hike to the Upper Falls, approximately 6miles. It was very gloomy and foggy that day. Felt like I was in a tropical rainforest. At times with the low-dense fog it looked as if they had filmed Snow White and the Huntsman there. Take an emergency rain cover just in case because at times the rain came down hard. It said there would be no rain that day but what started as a clear day quickly changed. Walking sticks would be great in certain areas if going to the upper falls.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A great short hike. A good workout but watch out for the poisonous oak. The waterfall was amazing!

short sweet and dangerous, took three kids from age 2 to 9 they did fine it was the 33yr old who took a jump and landed with his face. thank goodness for the strangers willing to help us out of there. beautiful swim, lovely landscaping and good bouldering and what look like drifter mini camps.

Very short hike, but worth it! There's a trail before the waterfall that goes higher for anyone that wants an actual trail, but the small jaunt to the waterfall is fun for anyone driving through the area. I highly reccomend it. Absolutely beautiful!

It's in Big Sur.... so It's awesome. It is definitely a short hike so that's a bummer but I've been here a few times and it has always been cool. Went last weekend and the waterfall wasn't quite as spectacular as in the photos that are up but it was still flowin' nicely. First off... when you start walking along the trail, after oh I dunno maybe 100 feet you'll see a sign that says "Trail" and points to the right. Ignore it. Go straight, You'll eventually cut left and down and then just walk up the river. Can't miss it. Both times I've gone the whole pole crossing this was different, but if you don't want to chance it.. (You're a wuss haha) but you can always climb up and over the rocks on the right and still get to the base.Once you're close, If you do a little traversing along the right side you canget right up under the falls without getting wet. Good times. Just wish it was longer.

the trail to the waterfall is very short however you gotta have the balls to climb over the poles at the river crossing to get to the actual base of the waterfall where is the swimming hole is located. Locals can be seen regularly climbing the rocks behind the waterfall to do a little cliff diving. Also whoever took the photos on this did not have the balls to climb the poles to get to the base of the waterfall, because if they did they would have pictures of a split waterfall with two falls flowing side by side. totally incredible waterfall !! P.S. watch out for poison oak on the trail there is a lot of it.

Correction... Jolon, CA is not near the Salmon Creek Trail trailhead. It is 26 miles north of Cambria, CA on Highway 1. The trail splits to the right on the way to the falls. Going to the right will take you to a few overnight camping sites along the way to the Ridge Road which is 6 miles from the trail.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

This was a nice trail to break up the driving along the coast. There are several branches that lead to the falls, so you can choose which one you want to use. Cool and shady under the tree canopy, so particularly nice on a warm day. Give it a try next time you are on Route 1.

Heading up with a group that has never been there this weekend to do a little overnighter. It's usually busy down and around the falls and as you go deeper into the wilderness crowds start to thin out. If you're coming from SLO pick up an adventure pass at the SLO Chamber of Commerce.
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