Elevation range - about 800' (lots of little ups and downs but no huge elevation changes)
Location - from Eastbound I-80, take Exit 130, W. Paoli Lane. From the exit, turn left onto W. Paoli Lane, then continue straight on Paoli Lane (don't go back over the freeway on W. Paoli Lane). It ends at Ponderosa Road, then turn right and just keep going! It becomes a dirt road, single lane, and is SUPER bumpy! We drove my husband's truck and we were still worried about all the bumps! Definitely not a place I'd go with a sketchy vehicle as there's also no cell coverage down in the canyon. Just keep driving down the windy road until you get to the river and there's a small parking lot.
Bathrooms: Maybe? Might be a pit toilet at the trailhead, if there was we didn't use it.
Mileage - 3 miles roundtrip
Hiking time - 1-2 hours
I made my husband go out on an early-morning hike when we had a rare Saturday morning with no responsibilities. I've wanted to check out this trail ever since I tried getting to it with a friend and we decided to turn back since the road was so sketchy.
This was a good stretch of the road, it would get much bumpier and windier!
I love the morning sunlight in the canyon!
We saw these cool looking little spider webs that looked like little ghost flowers.
The waterfall is along a trail up in one of the little ravines above the river. It was pretty impressive considering it's November and we hadn't had much rain at all.
This is the bridge across the river which takes you to Ponderosa Way on the other side and up towards Foresthill Road.
There was something about the morning light that just made everything seem so much more green!