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We both took the hike in and out...took us 5 hours and 52 minutes.

hiking
3 days ago

hiked and also went around pond

Did this hike last weekend with some friends. As people have mentioned there is a ton of poison oak, but 95% isn't directly in your path, more along the edges. Some areas it was hanging over mixed with other plants and hard to see right in your face. We went the upper trail in to the lookout, then up above the falls. I hiked back on the upper and my buds hiked back on the lower. We used radios to keep in touch. I was right at 9.73 miles on the GPS. They were about 9.3 from the lower trail return. Having enough water is a big issue on this trail. You are going to really burn through it. I am 6'3 220lbs and I drank 3.1 liters with just a few sips left from my pack. I think next time I will definitely take a water purifying straw or pump just in case. I was really rationing on the return hike. Our time out and back was 5 hours 10 minutes. We stopped for about 1 hour 25 minutes total for photos, rest, lunch, etc. We passed a lot of people who were going much slower. On the trail age ranges were little kids to mid 70's. We saw a lot of groups struggling. I'd say the trail is "moderate" in intensity. I would suggest getting there early (at least 9 or 10 in the morning) and making it an all day adventure and not rushing. You also don't want to be coming back in the dark. The falls were beautiful. Lake Oroville looked full. Most of the streams were flowing. Hike is mostly in the shade. Some areas are very narrow and overgrown. We used a GPS to help us gauge how far we had traveled and how far we had to go overall on the return. I highly suggest a GPS. We also carry a satellite InReach communicator, first aid kit, beef jerky and energy/power bars, trail mix, flashlight, extra batteries, phone (although there was never a signal with Verizon or ATT), stop bleeding clot pad, extra socks, shirt, long pants, bug spray, sun screen, etc. You can never be too prepared. We packed a lunch to carry and a lunch left in the cooler in the car. Also had lots of water/drinks in the cooler for the end. You'll thank yourself later. Look out is beautiful. Same as I remembered it from 30 years ago when I was a kid. Georgeous photo ops and all along the trail. Just an amazing hike. I hope you enjoy it.

Perfect trail for two old people!! The falls were spectacular! And we got to take the dog

hiking
5 days ago

Really enjoyed being able to take the dogs! Great short one, the fall was making its own rainbow

5 days ago

Beautiful views. Stay on the trail at the top there are rattlesnakes. Nice river to splash around in after the hike. My five year old was able to complete the whole 4.1 miles.

walking
5 days ago

Beautiful paved trail easy to walk or jog. The water was flowing and the sight was breathtaking! Quick walk to the falls. There was one spot on the trail that flooded but rocks to the side acted as stepping stones. The dogs loved it as well. Bathroom facilities at trailhead.

A great hike! Definitely a bit exhausting but the view of the waterfall is incredible! Right around the point where you descend to the view point, there’s a turnoff which actually will take you to the top of the waterfall. It’s definitely not an easy route as there is a bit of climbing over rocks. Plus, it’s quite dangerous getting to the top of the waterfall, but overall, the view you get from the top is breathtaking! You gotta go back once you reach the top of the falls though as I’m pretty sure it turns into private property. Tough on the legs, but super worth it!

Highly recommend doing this hike before it gets too hot and the falls dry up. Went counterclockwise on the loop. First half of the trail was quite easy walking and mostly shaded. Some poison oak but easily avoidable. The hike up to the lookut was a little more effort especially since it was more exposed but totally worth it. There is a trail that goes up above the falls (take a left as you're coming up from the lookout) but I wouldn't recommend this for inexperienced climbers. The trail to the top of the falls is pretty overgrown and there are many off-shoot trails that take you down to the water. As exhilarating as it is, the rock is quite slick so take extra caution. Took the lower trail on the way back and early into it there was a tree blown down, took me a few minutes to figure out a path through it. While the lower is shorter, it is a little bit more overgrown, but worth it. As of now there's still swarms of Ladybugs in Frey creek, quite the sight. The climb from Frey creek back to the trailhead is mostly uphill and pretty exhausting after 8 miles, but doable. This time of year 3 liters of water was just enough for me but I was getting a little concerned towards the end. Especially as the days heat up, I recommend lots of water and lots of simple carbs to help refuel.

hiking
6 days ago

Beautiful scenery. It was a lovely afternoon trail. Gorgeous river. Different terrain throughout the hike. The bridge is a nice addition.

on Live Oak Trail

hiking
rocky
8 days ago

hiking
snow
9 days ago

My 15 year old son and I were looking for a quick, easy hike while on vacation in nearby Clio. With there still being a ton of snow here (1st week of June 2019) we figured the falls would be running pretty good. We got to the trailhead and saw three other cars. The trail is paved asphalt with plenty of rest stops along the way. It was 15 mins to the top, and we weren't disappointed. Spent 30 mins at the top then headed back. It was like Disneyland parking lot at the trailhead, so we were glad to get out of there when we did. Super easy hike anyone should be able to make. There's a pair of restrooms at the trailhead. Super well kept trail!

hiking
bugs
rocky
13 days ago

Went on Memorial Day. Weather was nice and cool. My iPhone said it was 7.8 miles, including trail to the falls. Watch for poison oak!

on Frazier Falls Trail

hiking
18 days ago

Hiked to falls yesterday. Snow still covers part of road to falls. Parked 1 mile from trailhead and walked the remainder of the road without difficulty. Falls are beautiful as expected.

Still my favorite day hike. The trail is very well maintained and well marked. There can be some slight confusion at the Granite Gap “T” due to the sign having the arrows pointing in weird directions (go strait, don’t go left unless you wanna check out Gold Lake which is also super cool). Moderate incline from Silver Lake to Granite Gap.... Granite Gap is gross, very steep granite staircase (literally a staircase in some places), but thankfully is only about a mile-ish long. Once you’re past that though it’s easy going on the PCT. Can’t beat the view from Spanish Peak, you can see Lassen if it’s a clear day. Pretty windy at the summit but that’s to be expected. Been in the area multiple times, never have seen any mountain lions or heard them, definitely have seen bear scat though, and it was fresh!

Excellent day hike! Interesting environment and moderately shaded. For a more challenging hike I’d recommend going clockwise (left is more steep but slightly shorter, while the right is about 1 mile longer but much more gradual and maintained). Left loop had some slight washouts, nothing major. Nice variety of vegetation and the information placards are very interesting, awesome historical area! Falls were really goin! Great time of year to visit and beat the bugs (as it gets warmer there are bugs, and a lot of them). There definitely is poison oak (I noticed more on the left side than the right). The decent to the viewing platform is a bit steep, but definitely doable.

hiking
19 days ago

Really a 3 star hike but will give it four Stars do to the solitude factor. First half of trail is flat in a heavily wooded pine forest second half is steep on a Rocky Hill side. As stated in other reviews park at the end of the road and then hike up the dirt road on the right side of the road up to the trail head. Also don’t forget to make your left turn up to the hill as stated before by following the trail map on all trails app. Overall a nice little quick hike.

hiking
rocky
19 days ago

hiking
over grown
19 days ago

A great hike on a cool cloudy day. Trail is a bit over grown and there’s a lot of poison oak. Had to duck under a few branches. But nothing terrible and still totally worth it.

hiked in March..beautiful hike...no words! aside from a fall on my bum! ha the falls were worth the many switchbacks and every mile there and back.. lots of pretty ferns too..

hiking
bugs
over grown
19 days ago

Feather Falls is gushing right now, it was impressive. We went counter clockwise which I think was easier on the knees. It was about 10 miles and it took us 5 and 1/2 hours with lots of stops and lunch. There's a ton of bugs so definitely bring bug spray and it's pretty overgrown right now so you're gonna brush by a lot of plants but other than that the trail is great. The coolest part is being able to hike up to the edge of feather falls. You have to do some bouldering to get to edge but nothing your average person couldn't handle if you don't mind heights. There's also some lady bugs clustered together on the way up the lower portion.

hiking
21 days ago

Finished it in 3hrs. Overgrown vegetation and raining. Overall it was amazing !

I brought my 8 and 10 year old up here this weekend. It was a long, windy road up to the area - but totally worth it. The landscape was gorgeous and was fun for kids to explore.

Beautiful waterfall. Took us about 5.5hrs to do the loop plus the overlook and over to the source of the waterfall, stopping for photos and snacks. The hike back was tiring, at an incline. 50/50 shade. Bring bug repellent.

Did this trail a months ago. Great hike for spring.

hiking
muddy
snow
1 month ago

Lots of snow still, but my 5 year old made it! We hiked the road, as the Frazier Creek trail was completely under snow still. The waterfall is BEAUTIFUL with all the melt water running. Worth every minute of hike!

hiking
1 month ago

We loved this “trail!” Clear path through the wooded area and then open rocks to explore. Easy to get lost since all the rocks look the same. Dogs loved rock jumping. Super windy! (4/6/2019)

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