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Waterfall Trail

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0.9 mile 1.4 kilometer point to point
91% Runnable
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 173' 53 m
Descent: -80' -24 m
High: 3,620' 1,103 m
Low: 3,461' 1,055 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 24% (14°)

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Trail shared by Justin Johnsen

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

Justin Johnsen

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

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

Runner Notes

This trail would make for a nice, easy run.

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 Trailhead 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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Jul 1, 2018
Rod Harmon

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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
Park Creek Bridge crossing.
Aug 9, 2017 near Pollock…, CA
Bridge crossing.
Aug 9, 2017 near Pollock…, CA
A shaded stretch of trail to the waterfall.
Aug 9, 2017 near Pollock…, CA

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