Chasing Waterfalls in UpState CA Visit 6 Waterfalls In a Day

With over 50 falls in the area, there's no better place then UpState CA for waterfall chasers! We've put together a day trip that will take you to see six (yes six!!) of our favorite waterfalls in the region below.

Hedge Creek Falls

Your first stop is Hedge Creek Falls in Dunsmuir. This picturesque waterfall is an easy hike, and there's a small cave located behind the waterfall, allowing visitors to walk behind the cascading water.

McCloud Falls

The next stop is McCloud River Falls - which offers three waterfalls for the price of one! There are several access points, and if someone wants to opt out of the hike they can drive to each one. I highly recommend doing the hiking loop as it will take you along the McCloud River and through the forest to each of the three falls - Lower Falls, Middle Falls, and Upper Falls - each unique. It is only about a 1-mile hike from the Lower Falls to Upper Falls, and is really easy.

McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park

After McCloud Falls it's on to McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park. The 129-foot Burney Falls is more magnificent in person than in the photos, and it flows from underground springs at a rate of 100 million gallons per day - ALL YEAR LONG. The hike down to the falls is short and easy with a paved path. If you wish to hike around the falls, there is a 1.5-mile loop that takes you on part of the famed Pacific Crest Trail and up to the top of the falls across the creek.

Lion Slide Falls

Your last stop is Lion Slide Falls. Hit CA Highway 299-E toward Burney. In about 40 miles you’ll get to a road called Big Bend. Take a left and drive about 1.5 miles until you see the pull off for the falls on the right side of the road just before the bridge over Hatchet Creek. The hike up to the falls is short, with moderate difficulty, and is worth the stop.

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