ElevationAscent: 968' 295 m
Descent: -75' -23 m
High: 2,377' 725 m
Low: 1,465' 446 m
GradeAvg Grade: 13% (7°)
Max Grade: 39% (21°)
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“A short, steep run to an amazing series of highly seasonal cascades and waterfalls.”— Bruce Hope
The route follows an old mining road for 0.9 miles as it climbs about 950 feet to the top of the ridge between Snailback Creek and Baldwin Gulch. The old road ends at the top of the ridge, where an obvious and well-built use trail begins contouring in to the canyon holding Snailback Creek. At 0.3 miles from the top of the ridge, you'll reach the remains of the old forgotten copper mine. Here the obvious use trail swings around the diggings to the left (west) to a deep trench (prospect) in the side of the slope.
From this trench, a narrower and less obvious use trail continues back and down into the canyon for 0.3 miles to the base of the lower falls. Along the way, there is one spot where you can look up and see the upper falls shooting into the canyon some 400 feet above you. The trail ends here at the base but you can - if you're careful - scramble farther up along the creek to see more the various cascades that comprise these falls.
This area was partially burned by a wildfire in 2018 and this has weakened some of the trees and loosened some of the rocks and soil. So be extra careful of your footing if you leave the use trail to explore the falls.
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Land Manager: BLM/USFS-Grants Pass Office