Friday, May 3, 2013

Hiking - University Falls - May 3, 2012

Okay, so I've gone a little overboard this week with hiking! Bassi Falls three times, plus this one AND an 8 mile walk last Saturday! It's no wonder I have blisters!
Another beautiful hike with Lynn and Karen ... Great hike with great friends!

This is the information we were given before the hike:

University Falls, aka Pilot Creek Falls, is a wonderful little swimming hole at the small town of Quintete, near Georgetown. The waterfall is a long slide of about 70 ft. in total height, dropping into a number of small pools. The final (and largest) cascade is about 30 ft. high. The swimming holes and water slides are very popular during the summer months with the locals. Be careful though when sliding down these falls: people have been injured before.
To reach University Falls, walk down the dirt road, beginning at the gate off Wentworth Springs Rd. At 0.6 miles, turn left at the fork (onto Forest Road 12N67B). At 1.5 miles, at the end of a clear cut area, continue following the road to the right (don't continue straight here). The road continues downhill until you reach a flume. Go right, keeping the flume on your right. At about 2.4 miles, you will see an unsigned but very obvious spur trail on the left heading down to the creek. This little trail goes down to an old campsite, go right here and continue following the trail all the way down to the creek. Then head downstream until you reach the top of the falls.
Part of this trail crosses private property, so please be respectful and always "leave no trace". The land is partly owned by UC Berkeley (hence the name, University Falls).
Here's a description of this hike I found on the web...
Location: Quintette, El Dorado County
Difficulty: 5.6 round trip. Intermediate with a couple of very steep parts and lots of rocks. Elevation 4100 ft. (-650 ft.)

Mountain Dogwoods
Mountain Dogwoods
Mountain Dogwoods


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