Spring Creek Trail

South Yuba River State Park

Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, California

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Spring Creek Trail


  • Parking is immediately before Edwards Crossing Bridge at a couple of wide pull outs.- Spring Creek Trail
  • Edwards Crossing Bridge.- Spring Creek Trail
  • After crossing the bridge, an unmarked trail heads left.- Spring Creek Trail
  • The unmarked trail at the bridge's northwestern end.- Spring Creek Trail
  • The trail to Spring Creek keeps a generally level course, however washouts and root systems can create some technical terrain.- Spring Creek Trail
  • Spring Creek makes for some good exploring and has several picturesque cascades along its course.- Spring Creek Trail
  • The South Yuba River trees can take on a colorful appearance.- Spring Creek Trail
  • A large manzanita tree marks a flat area great for picnicking or hanging out near Spring Creek.- Spring Creek Trail
  • The South Yuba River alternates between rapids, falls, and deep, slow moving pools perfect for jumping into.- Spring Creek Trail
  • Spring Creek falls 20 feet just before flowing into the South Yuba River.- Spring Creek Trail
  • The falls at the end of the Spring Creek hiking trail.- Spring Creek Trail
Overview + Weather
Scenic area. Short hike.
Can get crowded.
Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, CA
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Highest point: 
2,015.00 ft (614.17 m)
Net Elevation Gain: 
75.00 ft (22.86 m)
Year round: 
Parking Pass: 
Permit required: 
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.00 mi (1.61 km)
Total elevation gain: 
100.00 ft (30.48 m)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
2,015.00 ft (614.17 m)
Typically multi-day: 
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Spring Creek Trail is a popular and unmarked trail beginning on the northwest side of Edwards Crossing bridge that leads to a 20-foot tall waterfall.

The trail passes several pools and rocky areas along the South Yuba, and though it only travels a short distance, it is a relatively technical trail owing to all of the roots and slick steep areas that the path passes. Eventually, the trail drops down to a wide flat area where the year-round flow of Spring Creek falls over stone ledges into a pool before ultimately running into the river. 

The area is scenic, and the Yuba alternates between rapids and slow-moving pools around here, making the rocky shores of the river a popular place for swimming and hanging out. As such, summer weekends can get incredibly crowded here. And despite lying within state park jurisdiction with camping prohibited, hikers shouldn't be surprised to be forced to run the gauntlet between tents set up near some of the most scenic areas down here.

It's possible to head up Spring Creek and explore some of the small cascades along its forest route. Hikers should be aware of the poison oak that grows in abundance along this trail.

Parking is along the road immediately before reaching the bridge, and it can fill up quickly during summer. A vault toilet is the only amenity at the parking area. There is no cell service here.

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