Spring has arrived, which means it's a great time to visit dozens of Northern California waterfalls.
As the snow in the Sierra melts, the runoff will increase water levels and river flows across Northern California.
Waterfall photographer Leon Turnbull gave his top six picks of Northern California waterfalls to visit during late spring.
You can catch this 590-foot waterfall cascade down the mountain alongside Highway 50 on your way to South Lake Tahoe.
"The first time we came was late in the year, and we thought the waterfall was great. We came back in the spring, and we were amazed. I had to up my ranking from eight to nine. Wow," Turnbull said.
Visitors can stop and see the waterfall by parking at the trailhead at Twin Bridges. Note that there is a parking fee.
"There are usually a lot of cars parked here on weekends, so there might be quite a few people here. This is a very popular destination," Turnbull said.
CRYSTAL BASIN FALLS:
In the Desolation Wilderness near Wrights Lake, you can stumble upon a 40-foot "high segmented" waterfall dropping into an incredible pool, or better known as the Enchanted Pools.
SUSIE LAKE FALLS:
"Susie Lake Falls is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the Lake Tahoe area," Turnbull said.
This 150-foot waterfall goes from the outlet stream of Susie Lake all the way down to Grass Lake in El Dorado County.
"I wonder just how many people each year hike right by Susie Lake without even realizing there is an incredible waterfall just below the lake?" Turnbull said.
You can see the waterfall from Susie Lake. However, it is a steep and difficult trek, Turnbull said. He suggests watching the waterfall from Grass Lake.
TWIN LAKE FALLS:
Another waterfall to look out for in the Desolation Wilderness is the Twin Lake Falls. The 214-foot-high waterfall drops into Twin Lakes.
It's a 2.5-mile hike from Wrights Lake to Twin Lake Falls.
"This is a gorgeous hike to a gorgeous destination," Turnbull said.
UPPER TRUCKEE RIVER FALLS:
This 64-foot high waterfall along the Upper Truckee River isn't as popular to visitors but won't disappoint, Turnbull suggests.
"This one upstream is not as well-known, and bypassed by most, yet is a much more interesting waterfall," Turnbull said.
There is a lower waterfall on the Upper Truckee, which is a more popular waterfall and very easy to get to.
In Mariposa County, the trail to Grouse Falls overlook is an easy, pleasant hike through the forest. Once there, you can see the 504-foot waterfall from a steep cliff into a deep canyon.
"The canyons in this area of the Sierra are stunningly beautiful and difficult to get into as well," Turnbull said. "At the overlook, you are looking at the huge waterfall from a half-mile away, across a large canyon. Even from this distance, the waterfall is amazingly spectacular."
Grouse Creek joins up with the South Branch Grouse Creek, where there is another waterfall. Water rushes downstream, where it joins up with the North Fork of the American River.Read Full Article
However, Grouse Creek is greatly reduced in volume once all the snow is melted.
"Spring is definitely the best time to visit Grouse Falls," Turnbull said.