North Highlands, CA
Trailblazer | 1518 pts
Great early or late season hike. We did this one the beginning of March and the weather was perfect for shorts and a T-shirt at this low elevation. Although ticks were a concern, picked about 6 off my dog after the hike was done. Its a real mellow hike the only difficult part is the first accent right after leaving the trailhead, but with a few breaks it was not problem. About half way up the ascent there are some stone structures that look to be old food storage dens. The stone structures built into the hill side were much cooler and would have helped keep perishables longer; exploring the structures provided a good point for a break. After that that trail stays pretty much flat the whole time. There is a spectacular water fall about 30 ft in height that signals the end of this hike but the trail itself continues on. I highly recommend crashing through the thick bushes and getting down the water of Burnt Creek . Once through the bushes its easy to make it all the way down this creek to the Kaweah river. I got some great pictures of the waterfall and the pools leading up to it from below the falls. In early march there were hundreds of newts in all the pools, they were mating. It was awesome to see so many they were so easy to pick up and get a closer look at. Loved this hike and look forward to it again next year.