Looking for a great trail in McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, California? AllTrails has 5 great hiking trails, forest trails, dogs no trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 3 easy trails in McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park ranging from 1 to 3.4 miles and from 2,739 to 2,936 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!



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McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park is northeast of Redding in the Cascade Range and Modoc Plateau natural region, with forest and five miles of streamside and lake shoreline, including a portion of Lake Britton. The park's centerpiece is the 129-foot Burney Falls, which is not the highest or largest waterfall in the state, but possibly the most beautiful. Additional water comes from springs, joining to create a mist-filled basin. Burney Creek originates from the park's underground springs and flows to Lake Britton, getting larger along the way to the majestic falls. The park's landscape was created by volcanic activity as well as erosion from weather and streams. This volcanic region is surrounded by mountain peaks and is covered by black volcanic rock, or basalt. Created over a million years ago, the layered, porous basalt retains rainwater and snow melt, which forms a large underground reservoir. Within the park, the water emerges as springs at and above Burney Falls, where it flows at 100 million gallons every day. Burney Falls was named after pioneer settler Samuel Burney who lived in the area in the 1850s. The McArthurs were pioneer settlers who arrived in the late 1800s. Descendants were responsible for saving the waterfall and nearby land from development. They bought the property and gave it to the state as a gift in the 1920s. Temperatures range from average lows of 20 degrees in winter to 80 degrees or more during the drier summer months. Between November and March, rainfall averages nearly 28 inches, with December and January being the wettest. The Day Use Annual Pass is accepted at this park. Hours: sunrise to sunset

easoly one of the most beautiful waterfalls I have seen

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25 days ago

Super easy walk thank goodness because my eyes were never on the trail. Breathtaking beauty.

Attempted to complete this trail but the PCT part of the loop is closed; had to cut the hike short. Not sure if the park always closes this every winter.

Also, be careful when descending during a cold winter day. We didn't realize that the paved path exposed to the mist coming from the falls is covered with black ice, until my husband slipped. Unfortunately, there were no signs indicating that the path might be icy (or did we miss it?). One wrong step, you'll end up falling to the rocky bottom.

easy trails beautiful fall

One of my favorites! Nice easy trail to awesome waterfalls!

Burney Falls is amazing, the trails around it decent. There is a parking lot on Lake Road which is a five minute walk up a paved slope, so the falls are easily accessible, though there are a few stairs. We parked at the parking lot off of Clark Creek Road which gave us a ten minute hike through some of the surrounding forest before reaching the lake road parking lot and down to the base of the falls. The hiking around the surrounding area is decent- but you’re really here for the falls. Since it is on the more accessible end of Oregon waterfalls, expect to see a lot of people.

Must see trail for NorCal.

Great trail!

7 months ago

Excellent hike easy some of the path is paved. The park was beyond very busy and they had a line of cars out on 89 just to get in. We took Clark Creek road from 89 and found a dirt parking lot that was less than full and provided easy access to the trail. You can walk in about 1000 feet and the trail splits go either direction to access the park.

Easy hike, pretty falls

This is a great little day hangout. The falls are so beautiful and you can hear and see them the moment you arrive. There’s an opportunity to “hike” around the falls. Very short, but worth the stroll. Multiple trails, including PCT, if you’re looking for something more lengthy/difficult. Very touristy, lots of people, but a must see!

Very nice scenery one of the best Falls in California.

was BEAUTIFUL hiking

Amazing waterfall.

My wife and I decided to walk this trail since we were at Burney Falls which is where the Rim Trail begins. The trail starts out walking along a campground road and then before long turns into the trail. You can here the roar of Burney Creek from the Rim Trail and occasionally see Burney Creek which is probably 200 feet down. The trail winds through a forest with plenty of shade and ends at Burney Lake campground. We truly enjoyed the hike and should have taken more pictures.

We enjoyed this short hike and it is an easy loop for those looking for an outing and a bit of exercise. Beautiful falls to enjoy close to the parking lot.

great short and easy hike with amazing views

Easy hike even with kids. Don’t let the steep downhill walk discourage you from going to the bottom of the Falls. Beautiful views and breathtaking photo opportunities. The Falls loop is easy enough for small children but keel them close as you climb the steep hill on the other side of the Falls. Several spots are straight down. Several resting spots along the way for those who wish to rest. Great hike for the experience hiker or just someone wishing to view nature.

7 months ago

Gorgeous waterfall and an easy hike around the loop. Walk the creek and look for trout, watch people fishing at the falls, see the falls from below and above. Pay $8 entrance fee/car. Worth it to see the falls. We went early in morning (10a) before parking lot filled up. By the time we left (11a) lots of people were just showing up.

Nice hike

on Burney Falls Loop Trail

8 months ago

2018/05/26 - just hiked to the bottom and back

One of the most beautiful waterfalls I have ever seen! Short hike down to the base, but still fun. You are so close to the falls the spray from them leaves you a bit damp. Feels great on a hot day!

beautiful hike the falls are awesome

Easy hike to a beautiful waterfall. The loop trail let’s you see the waterfall from all sides!

The hike itself isn't noteworthy, short and generally lacking views. But the areas of the trail that weave past Burney Falls are wonderful. If you're looking for a true "hike," this probably isn't a great trail for you. But if you want an easy stroll around the perimeter of the waterfall, this is an easy way to stretch the legs. (Hiked in September 2017)

Super easy and well maintained, great for families. The loop is a nice walk and the grounds are beautiful !

Awesome waterfall!

easy short hike not the most diverse

Easy hike
Good views

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