This is the most popular of
the Valley/Foothill hikes. The upper trail is wide,
smooth, and easy. The lower trail is shorter, but
steep on the way out. The viewing platform is safe,
The waterfall is an
impressive 415' high* Fall River has good flow
throughout the year, unlike many California waterfalls that
are greatly reduced in summer and fall.
Not recommended if snow is below
Fall color best in November.
Flowers best in April
* plus or minus 5'
composite photo of measurement.
Contrary to some claims by the US Forest Service dating back to at least
the 1960s, the falls are not the 6th highest in the US, and
are not 640' high. This erroneous number has been
repeated countless times in textbooks, travel brochures,
trail guides, and on the web.
has now been confirmed (410') by
using a different technique.