Step up and jump
Hatchet Creek Falls is not only a gorgeous waterfall, but a perfect place to cool down in the summer and swim in a deep pool below the falls. For adrenaline seekers there are a couple spots to cliff jump from height around the falls, and for those not quite ready for that there is a large tree trunk with steps carved out that can be climbed and jumped off of from whatever height is comfortable. The spot is fairly well known, but does not have nearly as many visitors as McCloud Falls.
Watch for poison oak and be careful walking/climbing slippery surfaces. Always check water depth and obstacles if jumping from heights.
The hike itself is extremely short and begins at the end of the parking turnoff. There appear to be two paths fro the parking area and I recommend taking the path on the right. This path follows under some overgrown brush and shortly reaches the creek. You can now follow the path hugging the right side of the creek, you may have to step in the water at some points. There may be an alternative path to the right of the creek, but I was told the creek path is easiest. You will hear the falls immediately and see them very soon after beginning to follow the creek.
Check out the Official Route and Triplog.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.