Dutch Creek Falls and Johntown Falls feature cascades, historical features related to the Gold Rush era,
Difficulty: Moderate to advanced skills.
Directions are written at the end of the article. Wikiloc link included.
Elevation min: 748 feet, max: 1,194 feet
Accum. height uphill: 420 feet, downhill: 456 feet
|Lower Dutch Creek Falls 2010.|
The above photos are Johntown Falls.
|This is the entry gate you'll look for.|
To go to Lower Dutch Creek Falls you will see a trail heading down to the right that has a small boulder on either side of it. The trail winds a little to the left and after that the surface is hard and slippery with nothing to dig your boots into for traction. It is a steep, butt-slide trail down to the falls and pool at the base. There is shade and a great boulder overlooking the falls you can sun on, and an excellent wading pool at the base of the double falls.
|Lower Dutch Creek Falls May, 2012|
|This May, 2012 photo doesn't do the trail damage justice, but you can see the erosion pattern and how narrow the trail is currently. It is also less flat and more angled downhill.|
|Besides Lower Dutch Creek Falls, there are numerous small cascades along the way.|
|April 2011 Johntown Falls|
|April 2011 Dutch Creek Falls taken from the boulder |
overlooking both falls and the canyon.
|Dutch Creek Falls May 2012|
We refer to her endearingly as the "Ancient Lady".
- From Highway 80, take the exit for Elm Street at Auburn, CA.
- Make a left at the stoplight.
- At the next signal make a left.
- The street veers to the right or has an option to go straight ahead. Veer right to go on Highway 49.
- Go straight ahead at the next signal at Lincoln Road. Now the road winds.
- Take Highway 49 towards Coloma.
- An option is to park in the state parking and pay at the kiosk ($10?)
- You can park along the roadway across the bridge on the left, but you have to go to the museum and pay there. (There are pit toilets in the parking area.)
- Walk to Bayne road by crossing the single lane bridge across the river from Highway 49 and turn right.
|Click on photo to enlarge.|