Phantom Falls
cross-country loop


6.6 miles  850' elevation gain

best season: 
but not if snow below:

0:35 drive

leash required for dogs

entry pass required for hikers

Phantom Falls
flower guides
season edition
 early February 2018
late February 2018
early March 2018
late March 2018
early April 2018
late April 2018
early May 2018
flowers more variable toward end of spring

Phantom Falls is one of the prettiest in California, but it is hard to get to. Flows from first series of storms in fall and into spring. 

This hike visits 5 other waterfalls, too. 

Expect to see grazing cattle; they are generally safe, but give the occasional bull some space. 

Wildflowers best late Feb-April.  Be sure to take our flower guide on your smartphone or printed into 4x6" photocards.

The short stretch of trail to the top of Hollow Falls is narrow on on a cliff.  It is not especially dangerous, but if you have a fear of heights you won't like it.

GPS recommended.  Sunlight best on falls in early afternoon (many are facing west, and are in shade in the morning).

We measured the falls as 164'  (during the dry season with a tape measure from the lip of the falls to the high waterline in the plunge pool)


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Maps (Dec 2017 version)

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