Rancheria Falls

Hello Hikers!
I’m so sad that summer is coming close to an end. It feels like it came then it goes in a blink of an eye. There were many trails I took this summer and I felt like I have been going on and on. However, I’m so excited to share with you my one day trip with my toddlers. We went to Rancheria Falls. This trail is consider the National Recreational Trail at Huntington Lake according to my National Geographic Map.

This trail was well over 8,000 feet elevation and was roughly 2 miles in to see a mini waterfall. I would like to announce that my toddlers had actually completed the trail. The condition of the trail was well maintain and I consider this trail to be easy. There was no climbing, and no steep hill. It was perfect for my girls.

It was a hot day. There was no moisture in the air. It was actually muggy, humid and yucky. There were a lot of dust each time we took a step. I told my girls to pick up their feet to stop it from going up in the air. There were little shade here and there. As we hiked further into the trail, I noticed there were more shades. That’s when I knew we were getting close to the waterfall.


As we approach to the waterfall, my girls were so excited. They were amazed of the view. They wanted to get closer, however there were no safe access to it. So we sat on a big boulder and enjoyed the view. It was relaxing, but because there weren’t enough room to maneuver, I was terrified at the fact that there could be major injuries if we get too close to the edge of the cliff. We cut our visit short and head back to the trailhead.


Heading back to the car was a challenged for me. I mean, by the time we got to our waterfall destination, they were tire and not feeling motivated to head back. I seriously to do not want to carry them back to the trailhead.  I thought too soon and sure enough they to be held. It was my worst nightmare. I don’t even know how to get around it. They were going to start a tantrum right in the middle of the forest. Yikes!

Just then, my husband thought of an idea. He grabbed two long branches from the ground and handed it to them. He told them to mark a line onto the dirt leaving a trail behind them. Believe me they were so interested. I thought that was the most brillant idea ever. Then a butterfly flew right across me and that butterfly gave me an idea. I told my two girls to catch the butterfly. They were hysterically excited. They were so entertained that by the time we got to the trailhead, they were bummed out that they didn’t catch anything.


Better luck next time. I was just so happy that I did not get to carry them. That would of been difficult right? Well, it took us 1 hour and 40 minutes to complete it. Not bad for my toddlers. Anyways, be on a look out for more trail reviews, group hikes, product reviews and more.

See you next time!

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