Tokopah Valley Trail to Tokopah Falls

Around January, my friend, Abby, and I decided that we wanted to go hiking together one day. It wasn’t until in February that we finally decided to make it happen. We picked out the Tokopah Valley Trail through the AllTrails website. It was rated an easy hike with a total of 3.7 miles and a total elevation of 567 feet.

I was excited for this hike because I finally got to meet Abby’s husband, Jordan, and she finally got to meet Chris! We’ve shared several stories so it’s nice to finally put a voice and face to a name. Before we drove up to the mountains, we stopped by Exeter for breakfast at The Whistle Stop Cafe. Chris and I shared a plate of their corned beef and hash, and boy oh boy, it does not disappoint.

We drove separately but when we got inside the park, Abby & Jordan hopped into our car because they didn’t have any snow chains and apparently, there was heavy snowfall in the park recently. After driving up for a good 10 minutes, we finally saw the snow! We pulled over to the side of the road and put on the snow chains … after having some random lady assist us with them.

When we finally arrived at the Lodgepole Visitor Center, it was a winter wonderland. With the exception of the park rangers, there were only a few cars in the lot, most of which belonged to people dining in the marketplace. It was a bit of a walk to get to the trailhead itself but it was both fun and challenging. Challenging because hiking in inches of snow gets you easily tired than hiking on a dirt path.

The hike was really fun! We were accompanied by a creek throughout the entire hike – or what was left of it anyway since most of it was frozen. Sure, we all slipped and nearly fell several times but what’s a good story without little things like that? Chris nearly fell on his face when we were making our way up.

The views on this hike were incredible. We didn’t bump into too many people on the trail, so it almost felt like we had the entire trail to ourselves. It was peaceful to the point that one could easily hear the drop of snow from the tips of the sequoia or the sound of the creek in the distant.

When we got the last stretch of the hike, we trekked over snow-covered rocks to see the waterfall and its beauty. The waterfall may have been replaced with frozen icicles hanging atop a rock, but it was still a beautiful sight to witness. Imagine how much more beautiful the place is in the spring or early summer when the waterfall defrosts? We spent a good 20 minutes by the fall and snacked on some beef jerky.

The hike back to the parking lot was a lot easier and faster. We cleaned up, and drove back down to where Abby & Jordan parked. We did remove the snow chains earlier than we should’ve because we slightly skidded off the road – thankfully we were stopped by a tiny traffic sign that only left a scratch on my car.

I’ve included a little video I made from this hike. It’s not much but it’s something – and don’t forget to subscribe to our Youtube channel!

Tokopah Valley Trail to Tokopah Falls

Distance: 3.7 miles – out & back
Elevation: 567 ft
Trailhead and Parking: Parking is located within the Lodgepole Visitor Area. From there, follow signs for the camping sites and the trailhead begins after you cross the bridge.



  1. March 22, 2018 / 11:58 AM

    This really looks like winter wonderland! I’m totally impressed by those pics and I’m sure that trip was unforgettable.

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

  2. March 22, 2018 / 12:17 PM

    Look at you inspiring others to go hike with you! I love how you get to see snow pretty often! Yum, corned beef and hash sounds delish! The surroundings at Tokopah Valley Trail looks AMAZING! I like that the area wasn’t too crowded!

    Did you know that pinecones are related to the Fibonacci sequence lolol?

    I always feel that the hike back is easier than the initial hike going to the destination. Why??? LOVE how you’re sharing the great outdoors of Cali!!!

  3. March 22, 2018 / 6:42 PM

    That is a HUGE pinecone! this trail looks absolutely beautiful in the snow!

    Vivian | LIVE IN LOVE
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  4. March 22, 2018 / 6:58 PM

    SUCH a fun idea to hike in the snow! I love hiking for the solitude and peacefulness and I think experiencing that with the snow would make it absolutely magical. And that pic of the boys hiking through the trees is so cool!
    Love that you guys always make it outside!

    Susie |

  5. March 23, 2018 / 11:29 AM

    I never knew about snow chains ๐Ÿ˜ฎ // @Chris! Sleeves!!!! // Dang I bet the snow made it a more difficult hike than usual! Even when I’m walking in an urban town/city with snow, I find walking a lot more tiresome haha (we just had a snow storm two days ago) -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  6. March 23, 2018 / 3:10 PM

    So stunning! So much snow! Love reading your blog to see all the different hiking spots in your area.

  7. March 23, 2018 / 3:56 PM

    Wow, this trail looks amazing! I love hiking in snow…it always seems more peaceful! Great photos…you captured the views so beautifully!

  8. March 24, 2018 / 3:27 AM

    The pictures you took are gorgeous! Looks like you had a lovely time! Xx

    Andrea | Trxpical Andrea

  9. March 24, 2018 / 3:37 AM

    This looks incredible, what a gorgeous place!!x

  10. Katherine
    March 26, 2018 / 2:47 AM

    This is absolutely breathtaking! I’m dying over the scenery! You guys have such a pretty area to explore!

    Katherine |

  11. March 26, 2018 / 9:38 AM

    I miss hiking, weโ€™re going on small walks with our girls, 3 and 4 years of age and canโ€™t wait to take them out there to explore

  12. March 27, 2018 / 5:41 AM

    That’s such a nice area and wow, I’ve never seen such big pine cone in my life ๐Ÿ˜€

  13. March 28, 2018 / 4:51 AM

    Wow, you guys have snow chains?! That’s pretty badass! I’m glad you got to enjoy some snow ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. March 28, 2018 / 9:34 PM

    I would love to try hiking in the snow. These views are absolutely beautiful too!

  15. March 30, 2018 / 4:18 AM

    The frozen falls looks magnificent! Nice to see your adventures especially snowy ones like this since we don’t get snow in Sydney. Wishing you a great Easter Eena!

  16. March 30, 2018 / 4:50 AM

    Looks like you had an awesome time! Love love LOVE your photos, you make snow look beautiful! It truly looks so magical. Meanwhile in the UK when it snows, it’s not magical at all LOL. Loved the YouTube video too – really made me feel like I was there ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I love how you went on a cute couple trail THATS JUST GOALLLSSS!!!

  17. March 30, 2018 / 6:18 PM

    I love how often you go hiking! I wish I did that. I guess I’ll read the books and you do the hiking haha! We’ll live vicariously through each other ๐Ÿ˜‰ Love the video!

  18. March 31, 2018 / 4:04 AM

    Impressive photos! So nice when thereโ€™s snow and sunshine at the same time.


  19. Emily
    April 1, 2018 / 12:45 AM

    I find hikes difficult at the best of times – so I can’t imagine doing one in the snow! What a lovely day to spend with friends though and you got some gorgeous photos!

    Musings & More

  20. April 2, 2018 / 1:01 AM

    This walk looks beautfiul and I love the fun style of all of your photos! Looks like a wonderful place to be in the snow!

    heather xoxo

  21. April 2, 2018 / 2:06 AM

    Oh man, this looks absolutely stunning. You can’t really hike in Holland, but damnit.. seeing these kind of pictures and reading your stories about the cabis, the park rangers… I don’t know, it makes me want to get out there ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. April 2, 2018 / 10:22 AM

    I love your pictures! You’re making me want to go someplace snowy, it’s so rainy here in Vancouver at the moment ๐Ÿ™

  23. April 9, 2018 / 9:50 AM

    Wow – absolutely loving all these photos! They’re so beautiful and the location looks like such a calming place! I love it ๐Ÿ™‚

    Layla x

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