Loves Falls

Truckee, California 96162

Loves Falls

Loves Falls Professional Review and Guide

"An easy, traversing hike leads to a thunderous fall on the North Yuba River. Looking both upstream and downstream from the bridge at Loves Falls, the North Yuba River is big and furious. When flush with snowmelt it explodes through the
boulders hemming in the canyon bottom, and even when summer mellows the flows, the cataracts still flash and enliven.

Reaching the falls entails hiking a friendly stretch of the famous Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), which rides the ridges from the Mexican border to Canada. The trail traverses the north side of the North Yuba River canyon, passing through stands of mixed evergreen forest."

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"Loves Falls makes a pretty destination on the Pacific Crest Trail. Access the PCT directly from CA 49 for a quick 1-mile round-trip hike, or start on the Wild Plum Loop for a longer, 5-mile round-trip."

"While the rest of the Sierra remains buried under snow, early-season hikers can stroll along this low-elevation section of the Pacific Crest Trail to a set of dramatic, cascading waterfalls.

The short hike provides a pleasant journey for bipeds of all ages. Spring or early summer is the best time to see the falls in all their glory, but stay on the trail at all times, as the rocks along the banks of the North Yuba River are wet and slippery, and a slip into the river almost certainly would be fatal."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Trail Type
Skill Level
1-2 hours
Tahoe National Forest, Truckee Ranger District, 10811 Stockrest Springs Rd., Truckee, CA 96161; (530) 587-3558; recarea/?recid=80793&actid=50
Local Contacts
USGS Haypress Valley CA; no map is needed.
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Nov 2018