Upper Dutch Falls on Sept 30, 2012.
|The affectionately named "Ancient Lady" southwest of the Upper Dutch Falls 9-2012.|
The top of Johntown Falls 9-2012
|Take water with you as there is none very appealing to try to purify!|
Dutch Creek Trail needs serious maintainance work to become safe, and beware of the poison oak you can barely see now. It is everywhere, but leafless or with little white balls, but bare branches. It is no less toxic to the allergic.
Some took this side trail down to see the Lower Dutch Creek Falls that sometimes forms two separate falls, side by side, that are dropping around, guessing here, 10 feet. At about this time, one of our hikers got hurt, and that makes this a good time to advise good hiking shoes, and for hikers to beware of the short steeper sections of this trail. It is not maintained in any way, and you'll find yourself having to go over or around obstacles like rock outcroppings or tree falls. I might as well mention there is poison oak around here too. At some times of the year it is leafless, so be careful what you grab. Stay on trail and I don't recommend shorts or short sleeves if you are allergic.
- Go to Coloma on CA 49 between I-80 and Highway 50; pay for parking at the parking lot kiosk.
- Walk over the one lane bridge. (You can't miss it as the town is VERY small.)
- Turn right on Bayne and follow the paved road to the locked green gate on the left across from the house downhill by the river. It is also identifiable by small signs like rattlesnake warnings, says "State Park", and is a regular locked forestry green gate you climb over or through.
- The trail is single file, but visible.
Peachy Hiker's Table of Contents Dutch Creek Trail in June 2013