Potem Falls

Redding, California 96003

Potem Falls

Potem Falls Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Potem Falls Reviews

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This is a beautiful, breathtaking waterfall in a secluded, tropical looking area. It is a short, easy hike to the falls and the trail is dog and kid-friendly. It has a very private feel to it. A fabulous pool is at the base of the falls and is perfect for taking a dip. SO beautiful! The water is super cold but it is probably quite refreshing on a hot summer day. Dogs love it. Just a few precautions: watch out for poison oak! Also, it is easy to miss the trailhead from the road if you're driving--the longest part of the trip was the drive off of 299. Wear good shoes because the trail is rocky with loose sand, so it is easy to fall if you aren't watching your footing and walk too fast.

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1- 2 hours
Shasta-Trinity National Forest Headquarters, 3644 Avtech Pkwy., Redding, CA 96002; (530) 226-2500; www.fs.usda.gov/main/stnf
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