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East Snow Mountain Falls
   Placer County, California, United States

This waterfall has been confirmed by the World Waterfall Database, has been mapped and its height has been approximated but exact measurements have not yet been confirmed.
East Snow Mountain Falls is a seasonal, multi-stepped ribbon type waterfall which drops over 2,000 feet off of the east side of East Snow Mountain in the heart of the Royal Gorge of the American River. The falls drain from a very small area and will flow with force while there is snow melting, but by the end of July are usually just a trickle, if not dry.
Seasonal Discharge
This waterfall occurs along a stream that is known to vary greatly in volume and as a result may not flow consistently year round or may dry out completely during certain periods.


  • East Snow Mountain Falls is the Unofficial name of this waterfall

Our thoughts

Based on height alone this seems to be the second tallest waterfall in California, but the volume of water involved is small enough that it should not be thought of as a significant waterfall at all (though to be fair it may be comparable to some of the lesser waterfalls in Yosemite Valley.

East Snow Mountain Falls is shown in the center. Additional nearby waterfalls (if any) can be found in the list below.

Additional Nearby Waterfalls

Name of Waterfall Distance
Little Curtain Falls 0.74 mi / 1.19 km
Petroglyph Falls 0.82 mi / 1.32 km
Wabena Falls 1.19 mi / 1.91 km
Palisade Falls 1.56 mi / 2.5 km
Palisade Creek Falls 1.75 mi / 2.81 km
Wabena Creek Falls 1.91 mi / 3.06 km
Heath Falls 2.52 mi / 4.03 km
Big Granite Creek Falls 2.9 mi / 4.64 km
East Wildcat Canyon Falls 2.94 mi / 4.7 km
Wildcat Canyon Falls 2.95 mi / 4.72 km


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