Looking for a short day hike up a pretty canyon that terminates in a nice waterfall? Allow me to recommend an easy 3 mile walk up Potrero John Canyon.
The trail through PJ Canyon follows the creek up a narrow slot bordered by tall pines and taller cliffs. Large and colorful sandstone formations box in the early portion of this route. The path meanders upstream, weaving through a forest of maple, sycamore, and ancient oaks interspersed with an occasional pine tree. In less than a mile the canyon opens up into a small valley, brushy and open. Continuing further one eventually encounters a nice campsite under a great big oak, on the right (SE) side of the creek. This shady spot is PJ Camp. Another mile up the creek from there one encounters a couple nice waterfalls. The walk from PJ Camp to the falls can be rocky and a bit overgrown in places, but it is very straight forward. If one is given the option to stay to the left of the creek, then that's the best way to go. PJ is a pretty canyon and a mellow walk, what's not to like? Ruthie liked it and so will you.