Waterfall Lover's Guide Northern California: More Than 300 Waterfalls from the North Coast to the Southern Sierra

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Looking for prime waterfall drive-by views? Feeling like a short stroll or longer hike to bask in the spray? Or are you looking for a beautiful backdrop for a family picnic? Waterfall Lover's Guide: Northern California will tell you where to find the falls that fit the occasion.

There are falls that can be seen right from the road, cast a rainbow from their base, pour directly into the Pacific Ocean, or spin wheels of water along their flow. To help you select, each waterfall ...

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Overview

Looking for prime waterfall drive-by views? Feeling like a short stroll or longer hike to bask in the spray? Or are you looking for a beautiful backdrop for a family picnic? Waterfall Lover's Guide: Northern California will tell you where to find the falls that fit the occasion.

There are falls that can be seen right from the road, cast a rainbow from their base, pour directly into the Pacific Ocean, or spin wheels of water along their flow. To help you select, each waterfall is keyed for accessibility by car, on foot, or by canoe or raft.

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Avid hikers Matt and Krissi Danielsson regard waterfalls as ideal romantic getaways. To share the experience, they have located more than 300 northern California waterfalls, from the Oregon border to the mountain ranges south of San Francisco. The 250-page book contains useful features, including ratings for each waterfall and more than 100 maps.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898869675
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books, The
  • Publication date: 3/1/2006
  • Series: Waterfall Lovers Guide Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 771,452
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Table of Contents

Waterfalls Quick-Reference Chart 8
Acknowledgments 19
Dedication 19
Introduction 20
North Coast 29
1 Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park 29
2 Smith River and Highway 199 31
3 Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park 35
4 Redwood National Park 38
5 McKinleyville 40
6 Humboldt Redwoods State Park 40
7 Smithe Redwoods State Reserve 41
8 King Range National Conservation Area 42
9 Russian Gulch State Park 43
10 Jackson Demonstration State Forest 44
11 Yolla Bolly Middle Eel Wilderness 45
Shasta-Trinity Region 47
1 Highway 299 48
2 Somes Bar 52
3 Happy Camp 53
4 Marble Mountain Wilderness 54
5 Seiad Valley 56
6 Mount Shasta 57
7 McCloud 60
8 Dunsmuir 64
9 Castle Crags State Park 66
10 Trinity Alps Wilderness 68
11 Shasta Lake 71
12 Whiskeytown Lake 75
Lassen Region 81
1 Modoc National Forest 81
2 McArthur Burney Falls Memorial State Park 82
3 Fall River Mills 83
4 Lassen Volcanic National Park 84
5 Mineral 87
6 Quincy 90
7 Graeagle 91
8 Lava Beds National Monument 93
San Francisco Bay Area 95
1 Sugarloaf Ridge State Park 96
2 Santa Rosa 97
3 Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve 99
4 San Rafael and Fairfax 99
5 Mill Valley 105
6 Stinson Beach 106
7 Point Reyes National Seashore 108
8 Walnut Creek 111
9 Mount Diablo State Park 112
10 Sunol-Ohlone Regional Wilderness 113
11 Vacaville 114
12 San Francisco 116
13 San Pedro Valley County Park 118
14 La Honda 119
15 Edgewood County Park 120
16 Castle Rock State Park 121
17 Big Basin Redwoods State Park 122
18 Forest of Nisene Marks 125
19 Uvas Canyon County Park 127
Sacramento and San Joaquin Valley 133
1 Snow Mountain Wilderness 133
2 Oroville 135
3 Spenceville Wildlife and Recreation Area 141
4 North Table Mountain Ecological Preserve 142
5 Auburn 143
6 Colfax 146
7 Nevada City 149
8 Sutter Buttes 151
Lake Tahoe Region 153
1 Sierra City 154
2 Downieville 157
3 Sierraville 157
4 Washington 158
5 Gold Run 159
6 Emigrant Gap 160
7 Soda Springs 162
8 Foresthill 164
9 Pollock Pines 164
10 Placerville 167
11 Grizzly Flat 168
12 South Lake Tahoe 169
13 Markleeville 175
14 Carson-Iceberg Wilderness 177
Yosemite Region 179
1 Sonora Pass 180
2 West Highway 120 184
3 Hetch Hetchy Reservoir 186
4 Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River 190
5 El Portal 193
6 Yosemite Valley 194
7 Mist Trail 204
8 Merced Lake 207
9 Foresta 209
10 Tioga Pass 209
11 Wawona 210
12 Fish Camp 212
Eastern Sierra Region 215
1 Lee Vining 216
2 Twin Lakes 218
3 June Lake 219
4 Devils Postpile National Monument 222
5 Mammoth Lakes 224
6 Toms Place 228
7 Bishop Creek 229
8 Big Pine 232
9 Independence 233
Kings Canyon Region 235
1 Oakhurst 236
2 North Fork 240
3 Huntington Lake 242
4 John Muir Wilderness 242
5 Kings Canyon National Park 244
6 Sequoia National Park 252
7 Monarch Wilderness 261
Appendix A Index of Recreational Authorities and Land Owners 263
Appendix B Fun Lists 277
Index of Waterfalls by Name 282
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2009

    Waterfall Guide was helpful

    It was helpful, but not really in depth

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2006

    Check it out!

    Having had this book a few months, I have found some directions are off. I'd suggest verifying the information from another source. For example, I spent about two hours trying to find a waterfall near Oakhurst based on directions given and eventually gave up. This book lists some man-made falls. However, some descriptions do not indicate the falls are man-made. Likewise, I drove an hour to see a waterfall that was 'closed for repairs' because the pump was broken. And, as previously mentioned, the photos are not much to look at.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2006

    Pretty good stuff

    Good overview of the falls around where I live. The hikes I went on had good directions and accurate description of the falls themselves. They do include EVERY fall, large and small, so there's some small fry mixed in with the big ones. Overall, I thought it was a good reference.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2006

    Excellent descriptions

    This was a great book for me since I love to hit trails with waterfalls. Unfortunately there are many trails where no bikes are allowed but at least I can hike. Whats cool is that I can find out beforehand so I don't have to haul the bike out just to discover a no bike-sign at the trailhead. As others said before me, the desciptions are just great and I don't think the pictures are that bad. :-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2006

    Subpar pictures but great directions

    I like this book because it cover pretty much every single waterfall from Fresno/Kings Canyon and up. The descriptions are good and I've had no problems finding the falls I've tried. As someone mentioned, some of the pictures are taken at low flow and aren't that impressive, but the important thing is that the facts are correct. I hate it when the writer talks about how nice a hike is but they won't tell you where the trailhead is so you can't find it. So far, the falls I've tried using this book has been dead-on and the historical anecdotes of each park are funny!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2006

    Great book!

    This is by far the most in-depth book on waterfalls in N. California I've seen. Most importantly, the directions are accurate so you don't have to spend hour wandering along looking for the trailheads. A must for waterfall lovers!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2006

    A decent effort, but ...

    I am not sure whether to give this a thumbs up. My biggest complaints are the inclusion of so many photos of waterfalls during low water times.Why bother? Also, many of the waterfalls are named seemingly at random by the authors, with no explanation given. One waterfall is named after their daughter who enjoyed the particular waterfall. Nice graphics and layout though.

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