Day Hikes in San Luis Obispo County, California
by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books)
© Robert Stone/Day Hike Books. All Rights Reserved.
The falls and the area at the base of the falls are wonderful, and well worth the 26-mile drive from Cambria. Driving directions to the hike start point were perfect - hiking trail directions were inaccurate and confusing. Fork in trail is not marked with a sign and is a lot closer than 200 yards. More importantly, there is no “trail” down to base of falls. You must descend toward the sound of the falls, while picking your way around car sized to house sized boulders. Some routes look good until you learn that a giant bolder blocks the way. However, the overall effort is definitely rewarded when you reach the pools at the base of the falls.
THe hike was just like the guide described. The experience is all about the falls and the beautiful canopy of trees and vegetation surrounding the area of the creek. There is a small wooden gate just a hundred yards after you begin. Don't take the trail to the left right after you go through the gate. We did and it just goes straight down to the creek and an almost impossible descent down to the creek through loose rock. Keep on the main path. You will hear the falls when you come to the corrrect path that veers left. We also explored some trails that are spread out above the falls and "found" a great little place where there's a deep pool of water and a grotto-like place to rest and just take in the area.
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