Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

This was a nice quick one. It has a great view of the waterfall which we caught in the late afternoon with the sun behind the falls. It is gorgeous at that time. There are great views of the valley driving up to it from the north side.

hiking
15 days ago

Decent hike, not quite what it was hyped as. Wouldn’t necessarily classify as easy - the western part of the loop of the lake is “unmaintained” as a sign on a log points out. The elevation was real too! Nevertheless, if looking for a quick moderate hike with a nice lake view, this is a good option!

These are NOT the directions to the Indian Falls. that trail head is about a mile north, beyond the turnoff for the town. there is a large parking area and short designated trail to the falls. These directions are to a trail, to the left of a private drive. it is not clear if this is on private land. if you go for a mile along trail, parallel to river, you will reach an old ruined bridge and a beach. pretty cool but no falls there. no clue on the story of the bridge. looks like Olympic (now the private drive) crossed the river long ago. now on verge of total collapse.

21 days ago

Awesome hike! You gotta drive on a gravel road for awhile to get there. The begging of the hike had a lot of overgrown brush. There’s also a few fallen trees you gotta climb over or under. Saw two different types of snakes. There was absolutely nobody else on the trail the whole time we were there. Although it’s not a long hike it does take longer then usual to finish. I think it took more than 2 hours to get down. It’s quite a reward when you get down to the river. Spent a little bit of time down there jumping on rocks and going in the cold river. Took a water filter with us so we could just drink the river water. There’s nothing better than hiking something challenging with a nice reward.

Perfection. One of my favorites. Gets a bit crowd in summer though. Parking extremely difficult! Beware of naked sunbathers! They are out when sun is shining.

hiking
23 days ago

Short easy hike to a cool swim spot

hiking
24 days ago

Beautiful hike. Definitely hike the ridge above the Lake. Frost side of the mountain trail is still snowed in as of 4/26/18.

I love these Falls! Beware though there is still a lot of snow...we parked a mile away from start of trail. Not by choice. Walked a mile in snow to trail head. I still very much enjoyed it! A few “trucks” got stuck trying to go further to trail. If you are up for the work out, go for it! We went on 4/14/18

1 month ago

Very short, paved trail to the falls, which are more of a cascade. Very pleasant, mostly shaded hike for those looking for a beautiful quick hike with lovely views of both the falls and the gorge below. Great for wheelchairs and scooters, though the last several yards to the viewing areas are not accessible. Our first time there was April of 2017, when the falls were roaring after a winter of massive snowfall, so I guess we’re spoiled now! Enjoy!

Powerful. The directions did not take us to the exact location. One more road away. SO many wild flowers.

camping
2 months ago

Great place

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful little lake at the bend of the loop, beautiful views all around

Great hike! A few snow areas that are iced over and you need have the right foot gear with you. A few trails are under a few inches of water, but you can maneuver around most of them.

hiking
4 months ago

Very short hike along a paved path but we had the place to ourselves and there was enough good snow on the ground for a good old snowball fight.

All trails direction sends you up the main road past the Frazier Falls turnoff sign. that road is blocked. we doubled back and took the brown Frazier Falls sign turnoff. that road is a bit icy in places. driveable though.

plenty of picnic tables and benches.

4 months ago

there's a big rock for someone's house a bit to the right of the parking area. there is also a wood barrier with a "private property" sign attached to it blocking the help road. look to the left and you'll see a trail. there's a 3 foot burm (hump) at the start of the trail. Just follow it down to the river. frost covered rock and a little moss covered area are interesting.

I'm not rating the trail as it is more a foot path, rating the springs. once you get past/used to the smell this is a relaxing place. invigorating to dip in the river then jump back in the springs. also had some great conversation with the people we shared the springs with. 8 total on a sunny brisk day. few went natural but they asked if anyone minded and were respectful. fun time and kids absolutely loved it

5 months ago

Great trail for all levels and ages! Easy hike with a beautiful view, a bit windy windy at this time of year

This trail is beautiful. However, as of Nov 25, 2017, we found several patches of the trail under snow. This made it hard to follow the trail. But this trail is breathtaking.

Agree, this is an EASY rating. It’s a short hike on a decent path with a nice photo opportunity at the end of it. A good one for those who are physically less able. Be forewarned it can get more windy / cool than is felt at the car park.

i think anywhere out here in this area is gorgeous, all trails worth it! we encountered quite a bit of snow Nov 25,2017 post holing occasionally but it's still worth it!

There's no water flowing but it's a. Ice hike. Quick and easy.

Got a light dusting of snow this morning. Trail was still easy to navigate. Stunning views. Hard to beat.

nature trips
7 months ago

This place is under new ownership as Feather River Hot Springs. you are supposed to reserve your time at least 2 hours ahead by text or calling and it is $5 cash in an iron ranger.
We arrived at around 9 am on a Friday and it was busy. we didn't know it had new ownership and we had no cell service so we just paid and went it. it was awesome. It is far less than .6 miles. maybe .2

hiking
7 months ago

What a great day. Doing this one again for sure. Maybe hiking boots next time.

Great trail. No major inclines or declines with good variety of scenery. Completed in late september with some snow on the ground with a group 25 people ages ranging from 6-70 year old hikers without any problems.

Great trail. Amazing sights and wonderful lakes!

nature trips
8 months ago

Awesome hot springs! Came on Wednesday afternoon/evening and had the hot springs to myself. Beautiful location with the nice cool river you can jump in and cool off.

There are 3 tubs. A big one, a more bathtub sized one, and then a natural variation that has a bunch of rocks holding the water in place (I liked this natural one the best although it has the least amount of water).

The hot springs are actually hot and I'd estimate the first tub is around 100-102° with each tub getting progressively cooler as the water makes it way to them.

Also, realize this is a natural hot spring so the water has lots of minerals and smells of sulfur. The big first tank has the clearest water, but there is still sediment within it.

Will definitely come back!

hiking
9 months ago

We took a variation of the All Trails Gray Eagle Creek/Waterfalls hike and turned it into a loop including Smith Creek and Smith Lake. This ended up being a fairly strenuous hike, at least more so than we had counted on. After starting on the Gray Eagle Creek trail we took the cut off that goes over to the Smith Creek trail. This trail goes up and over a ridge with a few nice views on the way. Then we walked toward Smith Lake on the Smith Creek trail - upstream and uphill all the way through forested area. The Creek is pretty as it tumbles down with several small cascading falls but it would have been prettier if we had seen them walking downhill. We side tripped to Smith Lake then came back and crossed the bridge and went down the Smith Lake trail to the parking area not far from Gray Eagle lodge, picked up the Gray Eagle Creek trail to head back to where we started. Great views of the area from the top of the Smith Lake trail. If I were to do it again I'd make it a point to point by taking the Smith Lake trail up to the lake and the Smith Creek trail all the way to Mohawk/Plumas Pines.

Wonderful hike! Beautiful views at every turn. Great for 2 active Border Collies with lots of water to drink and swim in.

Beautiful scenery and lakes to swim in. Good for kids and dogs.

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