Potem Falls

Redding, California

0 out of 5 stars0 out of 5 stars0 out of 5 stars0 out of 5 stars0 out of 5 stars
0 Reviews
0 out of 5
This elegant, secluded horsetail waterfall graces a canyon embossed in mosses and ferns. The setting of Potem Falls is almost tropical. When the rains come, swelling the mosses and waking the ferns, brushstrokes in a varied palette of green enliven the ravine enveloping the classic waterfall. A fabulous pool wells at the base of the long, unbroken whitewater spill. Swimming on a rainy winter’s day may be out of the question, but come warm days in spring and early summer, the cool, deep water invites. The upside-down hike to the base of the falls, while moderately steep, is short. Three sweeping, easy switchbacks mitigate the incline. The waterfall comes into view at the second switchback: Though the trail swings away at that point on the descent, the falls are in sight for a portion of the ascent.
Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

DESCRIPTION FROM:

Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

by Tracy Salcedo-Chourré (Falcon Guides)

This elegant, secluded horsetail waterfall graces a canyon embossed in mosses and ferns.

The setting of Potem Falls is almost tropical. When the rains come, swelling the mosses and waking the ferns, brushstrokes in a varied palette of green enliven the ravine enveloping the classic waterfall. A fabulous pool wells at the base of the long, unbroken whitewater spill. Swimming on a rainy winter’s day may be out of the question, but come warm days in spring and early summer, the cool, deep water invites.

The upside-down hike to the base of the falls, while moderately steep, is short. Three sweeping, easy switchbacks mitigate the incline. The waterfall comes into view at the second switchback: Though the trail swings away at that point on the descent, the falls are in sight for a portion of the ascent.

© 2015 Tracy Salcedo-Chourré/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Redding
Distance: 0.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1- 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Features: Waterfalls
Local Contacts: Shasta-Trinity National Forest Headquarters, 3644 Avtech Pkwy., Redding, CA 96002; (530) 226-2500; www.fs.usda.gov/main/stnf
Local Maps: USGS Devils Rock CA
Driving Directions: Directions to Potem Falls

Recent Trail Reviews

There are no reviews for this trail.

Trail Photos

Activity Feed

Apr 2018