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Placerville Waterfalls Professional Review and Guide
"Like many other Gold Rush towns, Placerville had its fair share of rowdy and eccentric characters in the wilder days of yore. But it seems Placerville dealt with the issue in true Clint Eastwood style, which explains the town’s original, more colorful name: Hangtown. The original Hangman’s Tree that was put into service in 1849 has been cut down, but its notoriety earned it an official State Landmark designation. A bar called Hangman’s Tree Bar has been built over the stump. Finding it is easy—just drive down Main Street and watch for the building with a life-size mannequin dangling from a noose out front. It is not advisable to pick a fight with the bartender. This trail guide contains descriptions of the following trails: Pilot Creek Falls."
--Matt & Krissi Danielsson, Waterfall Lover's Guide: Northern California (The Mountaineers Books).
Overall, this is an easy hike. The only tough part is when you are making your way down to the falls. This part of the trail is steep and can be slick at parts due to it being a well-worn, dusty path. The falls are beautiful and very fun to slide down! We were there on a very hot Saturday in August and the place was packed! Watch out for the mossy rocks as they are very slippery! We brought our dog and she had a blast on the trail (the trail runs along a creek for a while and she was able to jump in and cool off). The falls were a little cumbersome with a dog as the rocks are slippery and there were many other dogs/people there. Overall, a great hike to a 'cool' location!
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