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Falls Loop Trail

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Falls Loop Trail is an easy, well-maintained loop trail nestled within McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park.


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Map Key

1.0

Miles

1.6

KM

Loop

2,924' 891 m

High

2,771' 845 m

Low

177' 54 m

Up

165' 50 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

Family Friendly It's located within a state park, so it's well maintained and clean. The hike itself is easy-moderate!

Description

Falls Loop Trail is one of the most comprehensive, well-maintained, and shortest trails in Shasta County. The trailhead doubles as an overlook and starts only a couple hundred feet from the parking lot. As you start your 1-mile hike, you'll cross over a sweet footbridge that takes you over Burney Creek (the water here feeds into the falls) and eventually down into the valley. It's pretty self-explanatory, given that there's only one way to go, but you'll notice signposts marking the Pacific Crest Trail that sits only a few hundred feet away.

As you make your way down, remember that the loop will take you in a clockwise direction back up to the trailhead. Notice the drastic drop in temperature (especially in the summer) as you get closer to the base. Parts of the trail are shaded, thanks to the covering provided by the trees. Once there, you'll stand in wonder of the majestic 129 foot Burney Falls with many vantage points.

Finishing the loop requires you to hike back up with an elevation gain of about 200 feet. There are a couple switchbacks, each featuring a functioning water fountain to cool you off.

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Shared By:

wilson chun with improvements by Tilman Giese

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Burney Falls
Jul 28, 2017 near Burney, CA
Burney Falls
Jun 25, 2020 near Burney, CA
Rainbow seen hiking along Falls Loop Trail
Jul 28, 2017 near Burney, CA
Burney Falls through the trees.
Jun 25, 2020 near Burney, CA

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