Near the City of Oroville this man-made lake was formed by the tallest earth-filled dam (770 feet above the stream bed of the Feather River) in the country. The lake offers a wide variety of outdoor activities including camping, picnicking, horseback riding, hiking, sail and power boating, water-skiing, fishing, swimming, boat-in camping, floating campsites and horse camping. Lake Oroville Visitor Center has a museum, exhibits, videos and a store. The view from the 47-foot tower, with two high-powered telescopes, is a spectacular panoramic view of the lake, Sierra Nevadas, valley, foothills, and the Sutter Buttes mountain range (smallest in the world). The area includes the Feather River Fish Hatchery, built by the Department of Water Resources to replace lost spawning areas for salmon and steelhead. Displays on the State Water Project and the areas natural and cultural history are featured at the visitors center.
The falls were well worth the hike but there are some things to keep in mind. It is not the season for this trail so there were lots of overgrown bushes and fallen trees right on the trail. Had to go off trail to go around these obstacles. Also due to all the rain, part of the trail has turned into a little stream, so your feet will definitely get wet. TONS of poison oak, so wear protective clothing and be mindful. Also when I was going to make the loop around there trail was not well marked (at this time of year/ or for me at least) so I turned around and went back the way I came. I took the 3.5 mile section. A LOT OF STEEP UPHILL, SO keep that in mind. Not sure how the other side is. All in all, it was a good hike but I'll probably go back between March and November like is recommended. :)
Started with the 3.5 mile section and came back on the 4.5 mile section.
3.5 mile section is mainly alot down hill with an increase in elevation around the 2.5 mile mark.
The 4.5 mile section is a more gradual increase in elevation back to the parking lot.
Only complaint was the garbage that we saw off the sides of the trails.
If you pack it in, pack it back out !!!!