Zim Zim Falls - Hiking
Recently made accessible to the public, the day hike to Zim Zim Falls offers solitude and untouched California habitats.
The trail follows Zim Zim Creek four miles into a valley beneath Blue Ridge to the falls. Steps are retraced back out to complete the approximate eight mile hike.
Destination Distance From Downtown
Elevation gain is minimal along the eight miles of Zim Zim, however, the trail is quite steep leading to the lower section of the falls. Additionally, the environmental challenges inherent to the arid valley take their toll. We recommend Zim Zim Falls for the practiced and determined outdoor enthusiast.
Time To Complete
Creek crossings take consideration and time. Also, it is slow-going down the steep trail to the falls. We spent a little over a half hour drinking in the serenity of the falls. If you are the determined type, or in the mind to run, you could shave off some time.
Late winter and early spring are prime times to explore Zim Zim. It becomes brittle and inhospitable in summer months making it a sublime climate for rattlesnakes and insects. Due to the sun exposure, we recommend getting to the trailhead early in the day.
The Zim Zim Falls trail is great for dogs with several creek crossings allowing them to cool down and get hydrated. However, long-haired dogs will collect plenty of stickers and burs on their travels. Our short-haired trail dogs came home with a few ticks and fox tails. Also, due to rattlesnakes and the tall grasses, we wouldn't recommend allowing dogs to lead on the trail.
There are no fees to park or hike at Zim Zim Falls. Signs posted give indication that camping is permitted year round.