Courthouse Falls Trail #130
Update 6/30/2020: Courthouse Creek Road, FSR 140, is temporarily closed to motor vehicle traffic, non-motorized use is allowed. Visitors should be aware that this closure will add approximately 5 miles roundtrip to the hike to Courthouse Falls. When parking, please remember to not block the gate.
0.3 mi - Easy - Summey Cove Trail is an easy trail which initially follows an old railroad grade. This section is always wet, so wear appropriate footgear. Within ¼ mile you will start hearing the roar of the falls. Shortly beyond the falls, the Courthouse Falls Trail will be a sharp turn to your left—in a wide, smooth, sweeping, right turn of the main trail; though there may be no signs or blazes visible, two natural stone steps at the top of the trail help distinguish it. Please do not leave the main trail until you see a distinct side trail and/or trail sign; shortcutting causes erosion problems. Courthouse Falls Trail is a narrow trail which never receives much sunlight, so all log bridges and wooden steps can be slippery. It takes you to the base of a spectacular 45-foot waterfall dropping into a large, deep pool in a picturesque cove. The mist from the falls keeps this area cool, even in the middle of the summer, so it is delightful on a hot day. If you are a rockhound, you will be rewarded with small garnets that are common in the creek.
Approximate Elevation Change: 30 feet
At a Glance
|Restrictions:||Hiking Trail: foot traffic only.|
|Operated By:||US Forest Service|