The Potem Falls Trail is a 0.6 km or 0.4 miles long trail in Montgomery Creek, California. On this trail, you can witness awe-inspiring, lush green scenery, magnificently gushing waterfalls, and experience the ultimate thrill of hiking. It takes about 0.5-1 hour for a return trip with an elevation gain of 140 feet or 43 meters. This trail is easy difficulty with a maximum altitude above sea level as 1300 feet or 396 meters. This is a loop trail which starts and ends at Pottem Falls Trailhead.
Terrain Information & Trail Conditions
This can be termed as high difficulty in terms of the inclination of the route. This trail can turn out to be fun for getting a cardio workout done. If you want to witness the best weather conditions, visit this place between March to October.
Hiking trails can be rough, broken, rocky, and uneven surface, as they can not maintained regularly as walking paths in cities. Make sure you have proper shoes in order to avoid injuries and provide comfort to your feet. This trail isn’t known to many people and thus attracts a low amount of traffic. There are no restrictions for number people allowed on a given day.
Who Can Visit This Trail?
Potem Falls Trail is suitable to bring dogs along. However, please ensure that they are fit enough to embark on this hike. Your dogs cannot communicate this but when they are hiking alongside you, they require frequent hydration just like you do. Keep them hydrated and well-fed. Additionally, it’s always safer to keep them on the leash.
This is a kid-friendly hike which means it is easy/moderate grade, short, and comes with a lot of rewards. That said, always take into consideration you kid’s ability to walk and carry lots and lots of food and water.
If you love watching birds then you’re going to love this place. You can find birds like the Bald eagle on this trail.
Entry Information & Parking Details
Parking facilities are available for free. There are no restrictions on camping along the trail and you might want to contact the park authorities for more details on this number: 530-275-1587
How to Reach the Trail-head?
You can drive your car up until this point. Use GPS to get to this point. If you follow the directions correctly, you can get here easily.
Resources and Facilities Available
There is no drinking water available on the trail so do carry atleast 2-3 litres of water with you.
Pay attention to road and trail closure signage. Sightings of snakes such as have been done in this area so keep an eye out for these reptiles. Never try to intimidate the snakes. Wild animals found in this region are Gray squirrels, Mule Deer. Stay safe and have a word with the local authorities to take precautionary measures for dealing with the wild animals.
As long as you are aware about the route and are carrying either a physical map or a digital map, you can do this hike pretty much on your own without hiring any guide.
There are no specific technical requirements for this hike.
Things to carry
In addition to the usual hiking gear, we recommend you pack a mosquito repellent, and sun protection.
Here is the list of typical hiking gear that you must carry for all the hikes:
- 2-3 Liters of water
- Sun hat or cap
- Good Hiking boots
- Light snacks to munch on during breaks, Trail Mix, Fresh fruits / Dried fruits such as dates, figs / Nuts mix, etc. for eating along on the trail
- Personal medications and a first-aid kit
- Sun goggles
- Wet tissues
- Cameras (optional)
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