Codfish Creek Falls Trail

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Trail Distance: 1.4 miles
Time Estimate: 30 min
Elevation Gain: 187 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Easy
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: No
Description

Arguably the most difficult part of hiking the Codfish Creek Falls Trail is getting to it. An unmaintained dirt road leads from the canyon walls surrounding the creek to the trailhead in the Auburn State Recreational Area. The final 2.5 miles of the road are rutted, sometimes muddy, pot-holed and narrow, coming precariously close to the cliff edges. As harrowing as this is, once you arrive at the trailhead on Ponderosa Way near the Ponderosa Bridge, you'll be happy you persevered. 

This trail is best hiked in the spring when the wildflowers and butterflies are rampant, the creek is full of water, and the falls at the end are rushing down the wall of the canyon. The lush foliage and babbling water make every step enjoyable, and you're rewarded with a rest on a sandy beach or on the rocks surrounding the falls while your fur pup romps in the water. A swimming hole below the falls is pawrfect for a dip, too. A fork in the trail just before the falls will lead you to the top for a thrilling birds-eye view of their majestic cascade, or you can just go directly to their base.

Among the wildlife you and your pooch may spot are snakes and mountain lions, and birds such as the Merganser duck with its distinctive red head, and the Dipper, a small gray bird that dips its head underwater to view prey in the creek. Manroot, lupines, California Laurel and many other native plants line the path through oaks and Ponderosa Pines. An interpretive nature guide is available at the trailhead to help identify them as you pass. 

While there are remnants of the dredge mining that once dominated this landscape, there is an overwhelming sense of remoteness in this peaceful, remote canyon. Its quiet beauty will enchant you and the sensory smorgasbord will delight your fur-baby!

Trail Features
Muddy, Rocky, Forest, River, Easy Incline, Diverse Landscape
Scenic, Waterfall, Wildflowers, Abundant Wildlife
Cautions & Considerations
The land around this trail is home to rattlesnakes and mountain lions. Stay aware of your surroundings. This is also a haven for poison oak. Learn to identify this rash-producing vine and stay on the trail.
Address
Ponderosa Way, Auburn State Recreational Area
Weimar, CA 95736
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Address
Ponderosa Way, Auburn State Recreational Area
Weimar, CA 95736
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset