One of the best parts about writing this blog is hearing from readers who are just as big of hiking nerds as we are. We have learned considerable amounts of great information from people who take the time to email or leave comments discussing different trails and routes. After our post on the hike to Kitchen Creek Falls from Boulder Oaks Campground last year, we got an email from a reader who basically said, “That looks great, but wouldn’t it be easier to start at Kitchen Creek Road and go south on the PCT?” A quick look at the topo map confirmed that yes indeed, the southbound route would be a mile shorter and have less elevation gain, so another hike was added to our to-hike list!
A warm May weekend provided the perfect day to go chase a waterfall, so we made our way up Kitchen Creek Road and easily found the PCT trailhead and turnout on the side of the road. The trailhead was marked by a PCT blaze mounted on a metal post.
Finally, at just past the 1.5 mile point, we spotted a subtle use trail branching off on the right. Just past this point, there is a PCT trail marker and the trail bends sharply to the left, so if you reach that point you’ve gone too far.
Take I-8 east to the Cameron Station/Kitchen Creek Road exit and turn left onto Kitchen Creek Road. Follow Kitchen Creek Road for approximately 2.5 miles to a wide turnout on the left where you can park. map
|Total Distance:||3.6 miles|
|Total Ascent:||620 feet|
|Dog Friendly?:||Leashed dogs allowed|
|Bike Friendly?:||Bikes not allowed|