Sunday, June 20, 2010
Chamberlain Creek Falls - Jackson State Forest
My friend Adventure Wannabe was showing me a waterfall guide book the other day. In the book I noticed a waterfall not far from my house. I moved for work about two years ago and I don’t know all the hidden spots like I did where I use to live, so I decided to go check it out.
Chamberlain Creek Falls, located in the Jackson State Forest, half way between Willits and Fort Bragg off of Hwy 20 in Mendocino County. First off if you are looking for an impressive waterfall this is not it. This trip is more about the sum of the journey rather than one remarkable piece. The drive on Hwy 20 you leave civilization behind and wind through the forest. On some turns you can look out and see nothing but unspoiled hills and valleys covered with pine and redwood trees. Once inside Jackson State Forest you will turn onto Road 200 headed north. It’s a dirt road that is well maintained and is passable in any vehicle. In about one mile the road will fork and you will turn Left. Continue on for 3.5 miles and look for a wooden rail on the Left side of the road. Park here for a short hike (about 600’) to the falls or continue on for another 0.3 miles to where the road forks again for a longer hike to the falls (about 1 mile).
Below is a video of the area. It was difficult to capture the beauty of this area because of the varying light levels with the sun streaking through the trees and the way the waterfall is tucked away in a canyon corner, so I guess you will just have to check it out for yourself.
View Chamberlain Creek Waterfall in a larger map