Address: 38.945840, -120.098553 Parking: A handful of parking spots are available at the far end of the Bayview Campground (across from Inspiration Point). The campgrounds close in fall and winter and re-open mid-May (dependent on weather). If you’re hiking when it’s closed, you’ll have to park at Inspiration Point or along Highway 89. Both get very crowded so I would recommend starting early. Hours: Not posted Type: Hike (moderate) Regulations: Dogs allowed on-leash Best time to visit: Right after a good rain but before the snow falls. Mid-October was the perfect time to visit.
Description: 2 mile round-trip hike to the top of a 200-ft tall waterfall. The hike itself is lovely, beginning in a forest surrounded by towering trees. You will soon start climbing steps cut into the rocks, and then you’ll hike along a rocky trail cut into the side of the mountain. From this trail there are spectacular views of the lakes below. You will see the waterfall from a distance, and then it will disappear among the rocks and trees until you get close. Once you hike around the hillside, the trail will begin an easy climb as you near the waterfall. Stay to your left, and you will hike down to a wooden trail post near the waterfall. The trail is easy to lose among the rocks, but follow the sounds of the waterfall and you will find it. You’ll have to do some boulder hopping, but it’s not too difficult and you can sit right next to the top of the waterfall, watching the creek flowing into it, and dropping below you. The view of the waterfall and the lakes below is a breathtaking sight.
The Bayview Campground does not have running water during certain times of the year, and their toilets are also closed during off-season. Bring plenty of water. Trash cans are available throughout the campgrounds.