Feather Falls Loop Trail is a 8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Oroville, CA that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
The trail leads you to the sixth tallest year-round waterfall in the USA. This version takes the upper trail to the falls and back to the trail head via the upper trail. Though longer than an alternative route to the falls, this is the easiest way to the waterfall. During the springtime this is often the only trail to the waterfall because of flooding on the lower trail. The trail head is located near Feather Falls, California. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes a half day. We hiked is in April. It was a beautiful time to hike. It was a very green time of year and there were plenty of wildflowers along the trail and a very full waterfall at trail's end. The water from the falls crashed with a loud roar onto the rocks and riverbed below.
Not , a good time when it starts raining .. But , well worth it ..
Awesome views. Bring plenty of water. The end was a little steep. Great hike!
Bring bug spray, excellent hike, falls are beautiful, defiantly a moderate hike, the "loop" consists of following either trail, go to the overlook, then back to the tree with the bench, then go your opposite direction ( yeah we missed that part) the steps up from the overlook take you to the top of the falls, but then come back down the same direction, in shape, went thru 66 oz of water..... Start early it gets hot ..... 8/27/16....
This was a good hike. We took a trail along the stream that eventually took us to the lower Falls and then when we went to the Upper Falls. Make sure you get there early in the morning because there's not a lot of shade and it can get really hot.
Love it ! Beautiful waterfall and very scenic :) hike was hard on the way back due to steep slopes.
always a fun hike. There's water in the falls which is nice. Definitely go beyond the overlook to the river, the water is not too cold. We dipped in it for several minutes and it helped keep us cool on the way back. I've done the 4.5 in and 3.3 out several times (it's more of a workout), but this time did 3.3 in and 4.5 out and still moderate but not as exhausting. Take plenty of water, and bug spray. The plus was no rattlers this time (yes they do exist in this area), but we did see a lovely black and yellow long snake- so keep your eyes open on the trail.
Decent hike, moderate. For a challenge not only hike counter clockwise but go to top of falls. Counter clockwise gives you switch back climb on last leg of hike.
We hiked this trail the first weekend in June and It was the first time I hiked it. Just at the info. suggests, it is moderately trafficked trail difficulty is also moderate. It was great weather for this hike, but make sure to take plenty of water! I suggest taking bug spray since I was bit almost every time I stopped on the trail. Since we started late (11:30 am) on the trail we started the loop by going right, since we didn't want to run into a lot of people on the trail and it worked for us. We only ran into a few groups on this side of the trail. The views were amazing and hanging out by the waterfall to cool off there was worth the hike! We rested for about 30 mins at the waterfall before deciding to head back out on the other trail to complete the loop. We ran into fewer people on our way out and saw millions of ladybugs! It was great! We also brought our two dogs with us on this hike. They loved being out on this trail. Just be aware of ticks on this trail. After getting home, we found a tick on each dog.
Have done this hike with my teen age boys many times. taking my Daughter for the first time today.
This was a beautiful hike, the falls were amazing. This was a difficult hike for us on the way back. We are new to hiking and fluffy, had a difficult time walking back up to the top. Still a great experience all the hikers we crossed were very nice and supportive once they found out this was our first hike. We made a goal to go back and make it to the top of the falls (didn't quite get there on this trip). Bring bug repellant the mosquitos are bad especially, if you stop to rest they just swarm you. All in all a great experience and we will be back!
Took my younger siblings and it was not a good idea. Two were crying, it was just too much for them. Even for myself it was tough. I would do it again though. Also bring lots of repellent, mosquitos are out for blood! My wife's back is covered in bites even though we sprayed before staring the hike.
Took this hike using the longer more gradual trail down to the falls and back which was good for our mixed level hikers. The trail is clean and wide with almost no difficult areas to navigate. The falls are beauuuuuutiful and the path worth the extra miles. This was a long but not difficult climb, would like to try the shorter more difficult trail at some point.
Awesome trail! Did the 4.5 up then 3.3 back. If you're looking for a workout, do the 3.3 back. All uphill! The falls itself is awesome, great view.
Great hike. I had read an article that suggested to hike the 4.5 mile hike to the falls and the 3.3 mile hike back so that it would be one less mile coming back up the hill. After taking this route I would not recommend it. The 3.3 miles back up is very steep and there's really not much to see on that trail. If you want to do the entire loop I recommend taking the 3.3 to the falls and the 4.5 back because even though it's longer on the way back it's a gradual climb and there's so much more to see on this trail. If we were to go again we would just hike the 4.5 both ways. This trail also has a beautiful smaller waterfall and a bridge about 2 miles in which is a great place to rest on your way back up the hill. Lots of overgrown areas after the 2 mile marker and lots of insects! Feather Falls itself is absolutely beautiful:)