Erica Goldhawk – Digital Editor – KCRA 3
There are plenty of spots in Northern California for waterfall-lovers to stumble upon. Whether it’s a 2-mile hike or a quick drive, anyone can enjoy the beauty of cascading water from the Sierra. Here are suggestions for the most easily accessible waterfalls in Northern California.
1. AMERICAN CANYON CREEK FALLS
Nestled within a very narrow valley along the American Canyon Creek, a 15-foot waterfall offers visitors a very scenic and unique experience.
It’s a nearly 2-mile hike to get a view of the American Canyon Creek Falls.
2. BLACK HOLE OF CALCUTTA FALLS
In Placer County, hikers can easily walk to the 40-foot Black Hole of Calcutta Falls.
It’s suggested hikers follow the scenic path along the Western States Trail from the Auburn Confluence.
It is a 2-mile round-trip hike.
3. BRIDAL VEIL FALLS
Along Highway 50, waterfall-lovers can stumble upon Bridal Veil Falls.
Esmeralda Creek flows into the falls in El Dorado County.
4. CODFISH FALLS
Hikers can follow the trail for about 1.4 miles then reach Codfish Creek, where the trail turns upstream a short distance to the waterfall.
This 68-foot-high waterfall drops nearly 40 feet then cascades another 28 feet.
Be aware, there is a fee to park at the trailhead.
5. DEVIL FALLS
If you are looking for an easy way to see waterfalls in Northern California, Devil Falls is the one for you.
The unique aspect of this waterfall is it can be viewed easily from the car.
Devil Falls is 45 feet tall.
6. LAKE CLEMENTINE FALLS
The Lake Clementine waterfall is formed from the North Fork Dam. Water flows off the dam for a 122-foot drop into the river below.
Be aware, there is a fee to see the waterfall.
7. LOVES FALLS
Located at the bridge over the North Yuba River along the Pacific Crest Trail, the Loves Falls offers hikers two easy ways to see the waterfall.
Hikers can take a short, easy hike along the Pacific Crest Trail from Highway 49. However, if you have the time it’s suggested that hikers take the longer route from Wild Plum Campground.
8. NORTH FORK FALLS
The North Fork Falls, or the Emigrant Gap Falls, is a small waterfall along the North Fork American River.
It’s a short walk from the campground, near Emigrant Gap and a very popular swimming hole in the summer.
9. PAULEY FALLS
This 15 foot high waterfall cascades down Pauley Creek in many sections.
The land is owned by Downieville Water Co., but the public is allowed to access the waterfall.