Codfish Falls may be more cascade than true falls, but lying deep within the North Fork American River canyon and the Auburn State Recreation Area (ASRA), this makes an especially pleasant hike. Even better, when the wildflowers are as abundant as they were this April 30th. Yet, the best of the season for both wildflowers and a photogenic flow of water over the falls is about over for this year.
One of the most beautiful parts of Mother Nature's grand design is that both the thundering chortle of the falls and the vibrant blossoms of intricate sculptures of individual flowers plus the patches of blooms spreading across the hillsides will return next year. Counting on the skills of at least three cardiologists, I'm planning on it too.
The Codfish Falls Trail is one of our easiest strolls but at least one spot requires scrambling over a rocky ledge not far below the trailhead at the north end of the Ponderosa Way Bridge. The trail is not signed but can be easily found as it drops by the sandy beach that will again be super popular once the water and air temperatures slip into a summer-time mode.