Codfish Falls

Stop off Interstate 80 near the small town of Weimar to spend some time exploring a breathtaking Sierra foothill trail. The American River cuts through beautiful canyons as it meanders over a cobblestone river bottom. Enjoy an easy hike, lounge on a sandy beach, or fish off a bridge against a striking backdrop.

A mellow 1.4 mile hike takes you along this beautiful stretch of the North Fork of the American River to Codfish Creek. The trail then turns along the creek for a short jaunt up to Codfish Falls, a pretty cascade that flows down the rocky terrain, approximately 65 feet high. Visit in the spring to see the falls in full glory, as well as to view spectacular wildflowers.

This scenic trail is located in the Auburn State Recreation Area. A stretch of the trail is preserved by nonprofits Placer Land Trust and Protect American River Canyons, guaranteeing perpetual access to Codfish Falls.

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Latitude: 39.0002093 Longitude: -120.9403753 Elevation: 809 ft
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Recreational Opportunities

Public access to hiking, swimming, and fishing. Excellent spot to view wildlife and wildflowers.

Seasons Accessible

Open all year. Viewing of Codfish Falls and wildflowers is best in the spring (March-June). Note: To reach the trail head, visitors must travel for a few miles on a dirt road. High clearance, four-wheel drive vehicles recommended.



Pet Friendly Notes

Dogs are welcome on trail.


Canyon Keepers hosts electronic versions of the American River Canyon Hikes. Codfish Falls is described in the guide below; have fun:-)

Bill Mash (Foothill Hikers), 8/25/2010

Great swimming hole by Ponderosa Bridge, nice moderate family-friendly trail, seasonal waterfall and incredible wildflowers, and Placer Land Trust working to protect protect access to all of it - good stuff!

Jeff Darlington, 5/24/2013

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