Phantom Falls
cross-country loop


7.1 miles  800' elevation gain

best season: 
but not if snow below:

0:35 drive

leash required for dogs

entry pass required for hikers


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Phantom Falls is one of the prettiest in California, but it is hard to get to. Flows from first series of storms in fall and into spring. 

This hike visits 5 other waterfalls, too. 

Expect to see grazing cattle; they are generally safe, but give the occasional bull some space. 

Wildflowers best late Feb-April. 

GPS recommended.  Sunlight best on falls in early afternoon (many are facing west, and are in shade in the morning).

We measured the falls as 164'  (during the dry season with a tape measure from the lip of the falls to the high waterline in the plunge pool)

brief video of Super Bloom 2019

 This hike is in North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve; owned by the public, managed by California Department of Fish and Wildlife.  No camping allowed.

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Street View of trailhead

Maps (Nov 2022 version)

Avenza version

Adobe PDF version

KML track of hike