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.
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.
For context, Springville is about 16 miles (30 minutes drive) east of Porterville. Porterville is about 50 miles (an hour drive) north of Bakersfield and 161 miles (2.5 hours drive) north of Los Angeles. Ponderosa is 46 miles (about 90 minutes drive) north of Kernville, which itself is about 52 miles east (an hour drive) of Bakersfield.
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