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Waterfall Trail

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The easy and popular trail to the waterfall by Jenkinson Lake.


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Map Key

0.9

Miles

1.4

KM

Point to Point

3,620' 1,103 m

High

3,461' 1,055 m

Low

173' 53 m

Up

80' 24 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

24%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly A short, level trail, and the company of other families on popular days.

This county park is open during daylight outside of winter, and charges admission for day use.

Description

A mostly level trail that meanders near the lake shore through a shady forest, eventually reaching a bridge that crosses a creek to the left. After the bridge, take an almost immediate trail junction the the left, following the creek's upstream direction.

At the end is the waterfall (which I've read dries up later in the summer most years) with a wading pool at the bottom, which is quite nice and as safe as such a thing can be—though don't let your watch down with the little ones near water. Nature and local history nerds can read interpretive signs here and there.

Enjoy the lake views for much of the trail. You don't really see the higher mountains to the east on this one, but you'll have many chances for a scenic pull out on the drive through Sly Park Recreation Area on your way to the Hazel Creek Area and Waterfall Trail parking at the end of the road.

Flora & Fauna

Thick pine forests, wildflowers, river and lake users, and I've seen banana slugs on both visits to this area.

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Shared By:

Justin Johnsen

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  4.4 from 5 votes

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#154

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The waterfall and pool in April 2021 - kid and dog approved.
Apr 14, 2021 near Pollock…, CA
Waterfall in April - no other people around.
Apr 14, 2021 near Pollock…, CA
The trail meandering past Sly Park Creek.
Apr 14, 2021 near Pollock…, CA
A lovely waterfall at the end of the trail.
Aug 9, 2017 near Pollock…, CA
Park Creek Bridge crossing.
Aug 9, 2017 near Pollock…, CA
Bridge crossing.
Aug 9, 2017 near Pollock…, CA

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Apr 13, 2021
Melissa Baker
Jun 30, 2019
dennis dworman
Jun 29, 2019
Linda Liberty
Apr 14, 2019
Justine S
Jul 15, 2018
Justin Johnsen
Nature hike 1.9mi — 1h 16m
Jul 7, 2018
Leslie Adamik
Man made/controlled waterfall. Good swimming hole. Popular
Jun 4, 2018
Alvin Saenz
Jul 23, 2017
Justin Johnsen
Stopped to smell the flowers and cool bugs between jogs on this very hot summer day. 2.7mi — 0h 39m