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Ernie's Falls Trail

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Length


1.1 Miles 1.7 Kilometers


66' 20 m

Ascent

-222' -68 m

Descent

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

15%

Max Grade (9°)

3,753' 1,144 m

High

3,546' 1,081 m

Low

Shared By Mike Barcom

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This short route leads through varied Arizona terrain, past a waterfall to the park boundary.

Mike Barcom

Dogs No Dogs

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

This trail begins 2.5 miles into the Douglas Springs Trail, at the junction of Douglas Springs Trail and Bridal Wreath Falls Trail. From the trailhead intersection to the rest spot is just about a mile, so a roundtrip journey would be more like 2.

Ernie's Falls Trail travels north to the signage at the boundary line. It is level at first and then descends into a wash. The waterfall is located off to the right at a rock outcropping as you descend. Look for saguaros close to the spot. You can go beyond the falls area to the wash, there is the National Park boundary line and a gate.

Feel free to pass through the gate, as it denotes the National Park/National Forest boundary, just make sure to close the gate behind you. Another .1 m down into the wash (seasonal water but can be flowing and full at times), there are slick rock boulders to sit on that make a great place to rest and eat a snack before returning back to the trailhead. The rest area described is actually in the National Forest, but journeying out to this point is pleasant and well worthwhile.

Flora & Fauna

You will encounter prickley pear, mesquite, various grasses, agave, pin cushion and cholla cactus as well. Bobcat and deer have been spotted in the area as well as lizards and snakes. Bees are around, especially with monsoon season and the abundance of flowers.

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Nov 1, 2018
Jake Baechle
Mileage is approximate. Falls are located upstream in the wash on Forest Service land. There’s no trail once you leave Saguaro. 3.2mi
Mar 26, 2018
Dan Rasmussen

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Start at Douglas springs trailhead and hike 2.5 miles to Bridel Wreath turn left .6 to Ernies Falls. Dec 5, 2015

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