Codfish Falls, Placer County
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Location: Placer County, Ca
Features: Hiking trails, bird watching, waterfall access, river access, wild flowers.
Located on Codfish Creek in the Auburn State Recreation Area is a 60 foot waterfall known as Codfish Falls, flowing towards the North Fork of the American River. It features a 1.5 mile trail filled with exciting views and a variety of flora and fauna.
The 30 acres area was purchased in the early 1990’s by the Placer Land Trust and Protect American River Canyons. Since then it has been known as Codfish Falls. The trail towards the waterfall is easy but is narrow and steep at times. Moreover, the road leading to the trail head may be problematic for vehicles. The trail head begins in front of the Ponderosa Way Bridge.
The trail is lined with a few markers and sways away from the river and up the hillside. On the other hand, it will eventually lead to the waterfall which is definitely a site to see.
Top 3 Adventure Hacks
1) Gear Up For Some Adventure
The trail head has a well maintained path at the start. On the other hand, the trail sways away from the river and up the hillside – which is the steepest part of the climb. The waterfalls, meanwhile, spills around 50 to 60 feet down a steep stream bed.
2) Stay Cool And Hydrated
The area can be extremely warm during the summer. It is best to go during springtime or early morning. During springtime, you can hear the falls even before you see it.
It is best to bring a hydration pack and wear comfortable clothing.
3) Never Get Lost
It is best to pick up a trail brochure. A brochure is found at the marker, a quarter-mile away from the trail head. Or you may choose to download one. Having a brochure will allow you to follow a trail path where you can enjoy the best of Codfish Falls.
Moreover, a handy GPS keychain tracker can also be useful.