This is an especially fun family day trip. The 50 foot waterfalls tickle the kids and it is a short, mostly shady, hike. Then for the heat of the day enjoy the swimming holes back toward the bridge with room to sun in, shade to picnic, and natural pools to swim and fish. Near Auburn.
The 2.8 mile out and back trail heads downriver along North Fork American River, near Weimar, and ends at the beautiful year round 40-50 foot waterfall and creek.
Parking is alongside the dirt road that is in car condition this August, 2012.
|There is a trail less maintained that heads uphill to |
a boulder that two can comfortably sit on and view the falls,
hidden from the visitors below.
Of course, fun wildlife lives back there!
|I may not recommend it, but I bushwhacked up the other side of the falls. |
The rocks are slippery and the blackberry vines get prickly! A person
gives you some perspective on the height of the falls.
Find Peach Hiker at the falls!
Back at the bridge,
|Families can find areas near the shoreline to swim and picnic.|
|There is plenty of room to get comfortable and cast out some lines. |
The couple is Brandon and Jen.
We caught a nice trout,
|and well, a frog that day!|
|That's me, Peachy Hiker with my fishing pole enjoying the sun and company!|
Get out your poles and fishing gear.
Pack a picnic and your swimming stuff,
to have a perfect family day!
From Highway 80 (east of Auburn), exit at Weimar Cross Road.
Turn right onto Ponderosa Way, heading south. (Stay to the right at Cross Road. )
Drive south for 5.8 miles down the canyon.
2.5 miles before the river the road becomes a dirt road that is suitable for most cars at this time.
This is now a fee area. They are collected by park rangers at the top at the dirt road. You will see park personnel there and at the river. Carry your fishing license.