North Fork Falls - Camp, Hike, and Swim near Colfax, California
Texas Hill Rd, California, USA,Colfax,California
39.26135024562736, -120.68065166473389
18.4 miles NE of Colfax, California
Address: Texas Hill Rd, California, USA
GPS: 39°15'40.9"N 120°40'50.3"W
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State: California

Waterfalls Rocks Ponds

Camp, Hike, and Swim

A very popular hike in the summer time, North Fork Falls offers a pleasant break from the city while enjoying the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains. Hike into the forest and visitors will find a secluded pool with plenty of cliffs and waterfalls. Sit in the pool and enjoy the crystal clear water or climb up 10 -25 ft tall cliffs and enjoy some cliff jumping. There are two main pools, the upper and lower. In order to get into the upper pool, visitors will either need to jump from one of the several cliffs or hike/scramble over the rocks to reach the pool. The lower pool has lower cliffs and can be easily accessed by people of all ages. 

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  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel & camp on durable surfaces
  3. Dispose of waste properly
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Minimize campfire impacts
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors


From Colfax, California

  1. Head south on N Main St toward Grass Valley St (115 ft)
  2. Turn left at the 1st cross street onto Grass Valley St (0.1 mi)
  3. Turn right onto S Auburn St (0.3 mi)
  4. Turn left onto CA-174 E (463 ft)
  5. Turn left onto Canyon Way (signs for I-80 E/Reno) (377 ft)
  6. Merge onto I-80 E via the ramp to Reno (22.7 mi)
  7. Take exit 158A toward Emigrant Gap (0.2 mi)
  8. Turn right toward Emigrant Gap Rd/Texas Hill Rd (108 ft)
  9. Turn right onto Emigrant Gap Rd/Texas Hill Rd
    Continue to follow Texas Hill Rd
    Destination will be on the left
    (4.1 mi)

The falls and pools are reached by following the river a quarter-mile downstream from the North Fork Campground. The trail begins near site 10. The trail parallels the river and then drops down below the falls, providing easy access.Courtesy of

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