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Canyon Creek Trail To The Black Hole of Calcutta Falls

Auburn Hills

Northern Sacramento Valley, California

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  • This is a pedestrian-only trail.- Canyon Creek Trail To The Black Hole of Calcutta Falls
  • Portable bathrooms are located near the entrance to the Canyon Creek Trail.- Canyon Creek Trail To The Black Hole of Calcutta Falls
  • View from beginning of the trailhead.- Canyon Creek Trail To The Black Hole of Calcutta Falls
  • Views from Canyon Creek Trail overlooking the North Fork of the American River.- Canyon Creek Trail To The Black Hole of Calcutta Falls
  • View looking up the North Fork of the American River.- Canyon Creek Trail To The Black Hole of Calcutta Falls
  • View looking over the North Fork of the American River.- Canyon Creek Trail To The Black Hole of Calcutta Falls
  • Mountain Quarries Bridge.- Canyon Creek Trail To The Black Hole of Calcutta Falls
  • Keep your eyes out for poison oak.- Canyon Creek Trail To The Black Hole of Calcutta Falls
  • The trail is well maintained all the way to Calcutta Falls.- Canyon Creek Trail To The Black Hole of Calcutta Falls
  • Wildflowers are in bloom during the springtime.- Canyon Creek Trail To The Black Hole of Calcutta Falls
  • View up the canyon from the trail.- Canyon Creek Trail To The Black Hole of Calcutta Falls
  • Beautiful low hanging trees cover much of the trail, providing shade.- Canyon Creek Trail To The Black Hole of Calcutta Falls
  • The trail continuously weaves around the river bend.- Canyon Creek Trail To The Black Hole of Calcutta Falls
  • This trail is great for dogs.- Canyon Creek Trail To The Black Hole of Calcutta Falls
  • Purple wildflowers cover the hillside along the river.- Canyon Creek Trail To The Black Hole of Calcutta Falls
  • Great views of the whole valley along the trail.- Canyon Creek Trail To The Black Hole of Calcutta Falls
  • View looking down the ravine toward the river.- Canyon Creek Trail To The Black Hole of Calcutta Falls
  • Calcutta Falls.- Canyon Creek Trail To The Black Hole of Calcutta Falls
  • Calcutta Falls.- Canyon Creek Trail To The Black Hole of Calcutta Falls
  • Streams such as this one often form late winter and spring and can sometimes cover a trail.- Canyon Creek Trail To The Black Hole of Calcutta Falls
  • Calcutta Falls.- Canyon Creek Trail To The Black Hole of Calcutta Falls
  • Calcutta Falls.- Canyon Creek Trail To The Black Hole of Calcutta Falls
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Canyon Creek Trail To The Black Hole of Calcutta Falls
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Waterfalls. Deep swimming holes. Great valley views. Great family hike.
Cons: 
Moderate crowds. Parking lot is often full.
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Region:
Northern Sacramento Valley, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Net Elevation Gain: 
197.00 ft (60.05 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
2.20 mi (3.54 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
800.00 ft (243.84 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Canyon Creek Trail begins right at the confluence of the North Fork of the American River and the Middle Fork of the American River, both of which bring fresh water down from the Sierra Nevada.

Hiking this trail in early springtime means the wildflowers are beginning to crawl all over the hillsides and river's edge. But more importantly, the infamous Black Hole of Calcutta Falls are in full effect.

Black hole? Yes indeed! Coming off the tail-end of a wet winter, Calcutta Falls’ heavy water flow often gives its base a somewhat ominous and dark abyss feel. Not too worry though, it rarely gets more than a few feet deep throughout the year, so it’s relatively safe for families to dip their toes in.

If the falls aren’t enough to take your breath away, the trail meanders along steep cliffs that are often home to a variety of birds of prey whose screeches can be heard echoing up the rocky corridors. These are just a few species among a wide variety of wildlife that call this place home.

The Canyon Creek Trail also has historical ties to the California Gold Rush era, when thousands of immigrants came from far and wide to test their luck. Who knows, perhaps you’ll find some? If not, don’t fret. The real treasure exists within the vistas and natural beauty of a luscious river valley.

Park hours are 7 a.m. through sunset.

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