Frequently Asked Questions
Why is this site no longer free?I realize very well that everyone wants freebies. But please consider this: It takes a lot of time and effort and money for me to maintain this website as a "free" service to everyone. I provide a lot of information on this site, I update my site constantly, continually adding new waterfalls to my growing list of over 600 waterfalls that I have now visited. I need some compensation to offset these costs in order to keep the web site up and running; otherwise, this site would have to be shutdown. $20 per year is really not very much money at all. Hopefully, you will agree and contribute a small fee to help maintain this website and help keep it going into the future.
What is included in a Basic Subscription?A basic subscription is only $20 / year. It will include ALL the information on my site: Photos, location, height, access, distance, elevation, season, difficulty, latitude/longitude, waterfall form, stream name, alternate names, detailed directions, detailed description of the waterfall, nearby waterfalls, user comments, and Google map location and trail routes, including GPX/KML downloadable maps. It includes ALL waterfalls that I have personally visited (about 600 waterfalls), plus my ENTIRE database of California waterfalls (about 1400 confirmed waterfalls). This is FAR MORE than you will find from any other source, on-line or in print. With a basic subscription you will have access to all these waterfalls, and all the information I have about them, including latitude/longitude co-ordinates, approximate height, and links to photos that exist elsewhere on the internet (if any). If you would like to see the list of all the waterfalls included in the basic subscription, you can do so from my regional maps pages:
All of USA and Canada
How do I create a new account?To create a new account, go to the Create Account page, and enter all fields on the form. You will need to enter a userid, password, your email, and your complete name. After creating your account, you can pay for your subscription with secure Paypal by selecting the subscription option on the same page.
How do I renew my subscription?You can renew your subscription by going to the Renew Account page, select the desired option and use secure Paypal to complete your transaction.
How do I log in to my account?On the Login page, you enter your userid and password to login to your account. You can stay logged in permanently by the selecting the "stay logged in" option. Otherwise, you are automatically logged out when your browser is closed. If you have forgotten your userid or password, then click the appropriate link on this page. Cookies must be enabled on your computer.
How do I update information on my account?On the Account Update page, you can change your userid, password, email, and your name. You must be first logged in, in order to see this page.
Can I get a refund once I have paid for a subscription?No. All subscription payments are final.
Why shouldn't I just buy one of the existing CA Waterfall Books?Well, certainly some of those books may have excellent value, but they only include waterfalls that are easy to drive or hike to. They are not complete listings, and in certain cases, they contain much erroneous information as some of the authors have not even visited the waterfalls they write about. My website includes a ton more information, and many more waterfalls than are listed in those books. If you purchase my Premium subscription, you will receive a listing of practically ALL waterfalls in California, not just a few (as are listed in those books).
Can I obtain an electronic copy of the waterfall database in Access, Excel or some other format?Yes, for an additional cost.
How many waterfalls are included in the Basic subscription?The breakdown by state is as follows. Please take note of this if you are considering purchasing a subscription to this site: Alberta - 5
Alaska - 12
Arizona - 6
British Columbia - 64
California - 1392
Hawaii - 69
Idaho - 7
Montana - 7
Nevada - 1
New York - 7
Ontario - 8
Oregon - 121
Washington - 21
Wyoming - 19
Note: I currently am only charging for BC, California, Hawaii, and Oregon. All other states will remain free until I visit more waterfalls in those states.
How can I help?I would like to reward my viewers for helping me locate new waterfalls that I may not have listed in my database. I want my database to be completely complete. So here is how you can earn yourself a free subscription to my site. 1. First, you must purchase a Basic subscription for 1 year.
2. Check the database for your new waterfall to see if I have it listed already. If not, then tell me about it.
3. It must be a California waterfall only.
4. It must be on a "named" stream (on USGS Topo maps).
5. It must be at least 20 ft. high.
6. It must not be man-made.
7. It must have significant flow seasonally. Meaning, in either the winter or spring months, it must have significant flow throughout the season. In other words, if it flows only after very heavy rain for 2 days out of the year, then that should not be considered.
8. In general, multiple falls on the same stream will be considered one single waterfall, unless they are separated by a distance of more than 0.5 miles.
9. You must be able to provide me with precise co-ordinates. Preferably, latitude/longitude co-ordinates. If you don't know that, then you must provide explicit detailed directions and location. I must be able to pinpoint the exact co-ordinates of the waterfall to include it in my database.
10. You must be able to provide a photo of the waterfall. A link to another person's photo of the waterfall on the internet will suffice, as long as it is clearly indicated that it is the same waterfall.
If you tell me about enough new waterfalls that I decide to include on my website (10 or more), then I will reward you with a free lifetime subscription to my website.