Black Hole of Calcutta Falls
ElevationAscent: 121' 37 m
Descent: -122' -37 m
High: 701' 214 m
Low: 600' 183 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 5% (3°)
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“An easy, popular, scenic trail that is great for families or older folks.”— Glowering
This is a short section of the Western States Trail which hosts 100 mile endurance runs and horseback races.
An obvious gate and sign show the start of the trails. It indicates 2.2 miles to Black Hole of Calcutta, which is round-trip. Go past the porta-potties and across No Hands Bridge (the long concrete arch bridge that was a railroad bridge) and follow the trail that was the old railroad track bed. A few short sections of narrow, winding singletrack bypass where old train trestles used to cut over some small canyons (you can still see the footings).
There is a nice wooden bridge in front of the falls.
Winter or spring are probably the best time for this run since the waterfall will be going, and it won't be too hot. Summer would probably be best only early in the morning before it gets full sun and is too hot. Fall would be good temperature-wise, but the falls may be dry.
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Land Manager: Auburn State Recreation Area (ASRA)