Boulder Creek Falls

Sequoia National Forest / near Ponderosa / Tulare County, California, USA

Rating: 1.5     Difficulty: 1
Boulder Creek Falls
Boulder Creek Falls is an interesting roadside waterfall that we missed the first time around when headed towards Ponderosa from Porterville (maybe because we were driving in the dark).

However, on a follow-up trip three years later in 2005, my parents noticed it as we made the drive in broad daylight. So seeing this waterfall was pretty straightforward as it cascaded vigorously besides the road before going underneath it. When we found a pullout and walked closer to the falls, we saw that the falls continued tumbling below the road before eventually joining the Middle Fork of the Tule River.

Although I happened to have a tripod with me so I could experiment with long exposure photographs, this waterfall was merely a brief stop and I'd imagine only waterfall enthusiasts would bother stopping for it or spend as much time as we did.

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Boulder Creek Falls was close to Ponderosa at the Great Western Divide, which itself was also close to Dome Rock, which yielded this view of the Needles and other formations not long after sunriseBoulder Creek Falls was close to Ponderosa at the Great Western Divide, which itself was also close to Dome Rock, which yielded this view of the Needles and other formations not long after sunrise
Walking along Hwy 190 towards Boulder Creek FallsWalking along Hwy 190 towards the falls

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The falls is right off Hwy 190 between Springville and Ponderosa. More specifically, it's a short distance east of the community of Cedar Slope, which itself is between Camp Nelson to the west and Quaking Aspen to the east.

You can pull over at one of the shoulders nearby the falls so you can view the falls without blocking traffic. Just be sure to stay clear of the road as vehicles can travel quite fast on this highway, especially with the blind mountain turns.

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