9 miles from Bell Tower. 4 easy miles, round trip. PHOTO MAP
Located at the confluence of Johntown and Dutch Creeks, this awesome double waterfall is best after a good rain but runs all year. The land is now part of Gold Discovery Park and parking fees apply. It’s a short hike so we usually park in Coloma outside the park and simply walk to the trailhead.
Directions: Follow Highway 49 north from Placerville down to Coloma and into the Marshall Gold Discovery state park. You turn right and cross the old bridge on Mt. Murphy Rd. then go R on Bayne Rd. about .6 along the road you’ll see a large sign advertising the land acquisition. The trail begins behind the sign.
The trail goes along the west side of Dutch Creek up on a short terrace above the creek, then down inside the cool confines of its banks where some much needed shade helps temper the heat of the summer months. The trail follows the creek up to the waterfall.
Improvements should be coming, but for now the state park has not made this a formal trail for the public. Primitive conditions exist for the time being.