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

In far Northern California lies one of the best kept secrets the Shasta Cascade region! This region, covering 20% of California, has a unique experience to fulfill just about anyones interests. From glistening lakes and world-class rivers to scenic drives and backcountry roads, the Shasta Cascade provides something for everyone to discover and enjoy. Your vacation in our region can provide great recreation, adventure or pure relaxation the perfect escape from the fast pace of city life. Come and enjoy the uncrowded, unspoiled wide open spaces where you will have the chance to Explore, Reflect, Refresh, Discover and Bond. Start planning your vacation now by exploring the website, calling 1-800-326-6944, or download the online Visitors Guide below.

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3 months ago

Not much hiking but plenty of relaxing. Good vibes (and not many people on a sunny November day). Will be back in the summer to swim.

hiking
3 months ago

WOW, WOW WOW!!! Short but sweet.

hiking
4 months ago

Great short walk to get down to the falls. Little hidden gem tucked away in the middle of Northern California forest. Very shaded beautiful little swimming area in the creek below the falls before it journeys on down to the Pit River arm of Shasta Lake.
Off the beaten path to get to trail head, but worth the drive if you want to pack a lunch and enjoy a quiet scenic drive to a secluded little trail to Potem Falls.

4 months ago

Loved it!!!

Very easy hike to a swimming hole and beautiful waterfalls. Seems secluded which was great because of less folks. You have to drive a dirt road going here so be careful.

best swimming spot around ❤

hiking
7 months ago

Amazing

hiking
7 months ago

Easy trail with a beautiful waterfall and swimming hole at the bottom. Only con is that there is a lot of litter!

Good place

beautiful place to go.

It's a must to visit!
Love this place.

This is one of my favorite spots! Super short hike, but the falls fill your heart! :) The water is pretty cold. Fun to walk down the creek a bit. Love this one!!!

hiking
7 months ago

This is amazing. True slice of paradise. We be back again. Went on a weekday and no one was there.

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7 months ago

absolutely beautiful. hike was nice and easy. had the whole family with. the trail is narrow.

hiking
8 months ago

Very short hike to AMAZING swimming hole under roaring waterfall. Plan to return during hotter months for a dip!

Like a little paradise tucked away!! Tons of butterflies when I went too!

hiking
10 months ago

AMAZING falls at this time of year (April) in the rain. Not much of a “hike” which is a bummer. But if you take the path on the right it’s pretty fun climb down to the falls, very steep and dangerous, especially in the mud. Lots of poison oak tho. Easy switchback trail to the left.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Easy hike down to a beautiful waterfall and swimming hole. Lots of dust on the dirt road getting there, but so worth it.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

#tenlegstosunset Dogs loved it but wanted more! Nice long drive to what was once I'm sure a local secret spot! Super short easy hike and gorgeous water worth exploring next time. I plan to combo this with any other hikes out this area - or better yet, bring friends! Went late in the day to avoid heat but the water was so cool and the hike so short, next time I must come when it's hot to swim and use tree swing!
Beware Bambi and friends on the road coming in - lots of em! And the blue posts are the only sign of the trail head.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

easy hike and a rad place

Monday, July 17, 2017

Great waterfall, I went on a Sunday and it got pretty crowded. Hiked with my kids (6 and 4) and my mom (70). We had a blast. The path is narrow and steep but fine if you go slow.

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Thursday, July 06, 2017

Beautiful Falls! It has a very private feel to it. Water is chilly but felt great on a hot summer day. Dog and kid friendly.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

This is one of the most beautiful falls. The hike was super easy and I packed in my little one. The long part was the drive off the 299. It turns into a single lane dirt road. Watch your Google maps or you may miss it.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Super easy hike. Huge waterfall.

I like hitting Potem, Hatchet and Burney Falls all in the same day.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Beautiful and easy to get to! Water is freezing year round!

Monday, April 17, 2017

my favorite!!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Short hike to a beautiful waterfall.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

beauty is everywhere and abounding in this place, that is for sure

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Awesome spot to hang out and swim! not much of a hike because its just a zig-zag trail to the falls going down the side of the hill. you have to drive here unless you live nearby. too much traffic in the summer. used to be a local hang out that has been posted too many times so there is a lot of outsiders visiting; meaning dont be upset that the locals are upset with you!

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Very short but sweet hike. The water fall is so beautiful. It is very hard to see the trail head from the road so be careful not to pass it!!

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