Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Plumas National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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bugs
3 days ago

Easy and well taken care of trail. It’s not as steep as I thought it would be either. The waterfall is beautiful from the large overlook platform. Yes, there are annoying bugs, but they don’t bite. I was using a buff to prevent from inhaling the bugs, then found the perfect pine branch to use as a fly swatter halfway through that saved my sanity.

Nice hike but no kidding about the bugs

Bring a couple quarts of water from Cold Spring because it’s a long way in between sources. November sundown comes early and a cool breeze blows. Beautiful view at this camp site. Should sleep well tonight. Not used to the altitude. Lassen peak is visible from here.

Kiddo (16) and I whooped this one today. Lower was closed for maintenance and clearly posted- thank you hiking gods.... very enjoyable. Lookout was well worth it. Had a nice lunch up there in the sun. I’d say this was an easy hike but the length and a couple short grinds bump it up the moderate I guess. Would love to go back in the spring to see the falls in all her glory. Have fun.

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14 days ago

3/4 of trail fairly easy last 1/4 rocky but not bad. 11/3 and it was gorgeous. Fun quick hike

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bugs
19 days ago

Did this about a month ago! OH... SO SO pretty!

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rocky
29 days ago

Wonderful trail Moderate to hard level for unprepared hikers The waterfall was stunning! I visited in Spring, coming back there this November for the ladybug season

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1 month ago

Short easy hike with great views. I good hike for children as there isnt really any sheer drop offs.

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1 month ago

It’s actually the Spanish Traverse/Ridge Trail. And the map on All Trails is off in some places.

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1 month ago

It takes at least 20 minutes to drive from the Hwy to the trailhead, but it is a very easy hike with a well kept paved trail all the way up to the waterfall. It’s ideal for all ages and even pets too. The falls are so beautiful if you go in the spring time or early summer when the river is full.

Stunning country. Large rock steps hard on my knees but a nice trail

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closed
private property
1 month ago

Do not attempt this hike - consistent with Julian Silber's experience we could not approach the trailhead due to private acquisition of the land surrounding the trailhead, posting of no trespassing signs, and presence of a cattle gate across the dirt road that would have led to the trailhead. Google maps tried to take us to the trailhead via the north; I attempted the long way around (via Rockefeller Road), to approach from the south, but that also did not work (you have to traverse tribal lands, which the residents don't like, and even so it apparently just takes you to the same closed trailhead). It surprises me, as well as the native american local that spotted us trying to approach from the south, that something like curtain falls can be effectively closed to the public simply by purchase of private property. I don't know what the laws are here but I am curious if the forestry service personnel assigned to the area are aware of this.

I fckn love this trail

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bugs
1 month ago

long trail. the left side is out so you must take the right trail, which I would recommend anyway. 10 miles round trip. took us about 5 hours. SO MANY BUGS. I took off a star due to bugs. bug spray did not cut it. bring head protection from bugs. at the end you can view the falls from the top or bottom. there's also a swing near the top

Went left at the fork all the way down to the lake, but couldn’t find the loop so we ended going out and back. Next time we will go right at the fork and hopefully have an easier time finding the trail. Really scenic views of numerous lakes, wildflowers, and old mining equipment.

Caught sunset and the full moon coming up. Awesome overlook.

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bugs
closed
2 months ago

Lower trail was closed. Upper trail hot sunny rocky poison oak and bugs galore. Not for the out of shape or beginner like myself. Took me about 8 hours roundtrip. Lots of ups and downs. I did not find an observation deck at the falls. Once I got to the fall the rest of the trail was rocky stepping over big boulders and it is narrow having to hold on to handrail that is at very edge of cliff. But beautiful all the way around. You need plenty of water and bug guard. Bugs fly in your eyes, nose and mouth the entire hike.

Nice trail that is well defined and passes many beautiful lakes. Not too strenuous.

It’s a beautiful hike. It’s shaded. Well maintained. You rewarded with beautiful water fall at the end. Bring a lot of water and bug spray.

LOTS OF BUGS. I ended up jogging most of the trail to avoid the constant attack by the little gnats, flys, and mosquitos that rule this trail. Gorgeous waterfall at the end with not a crazy elevation gain spread out over 9 miles out and back.

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bugs
2 months ago

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bugs
over grown
rocky
2 months ago

Beautiful view of the falls, good hike, maintained trail, but BUGS BUGS BUGS. It was insane how many nats were hovering around my girlfriend and I, almost turned around but toughed it out for the beautiful falls. Just be ready for bug paradise! Took one star off because of the bugs.

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bugs
2 months ago

Agree go the lower trail come back the upper trail bring lots of water! Bring more than you think you need.

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2 months ago

Favorite hike to do while being in Quincy. There are multiple trails within this trail. Im surprised Alltrails doesn't show them all. trails are well groomed, awesome views. This trail connects all the way to the old highway road trails which has picnic tables and a cool wood swing. Dog Friendly.

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