Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Shasta-Trinity 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.

hiking
11 days ago

Such a beautiful trail. Closed for winter starting Monday, Nov 4, 2019.

hiking
12 days ago

Pretty easy trail. And the waterfall is really pretty. Wasn’t crowded but then again it is November. Weather was just right. Could probably do this hike solo as it looked really safe, during the right time of day of course.

I thought this trail was pretty easy. Takes about 15 minutes each way. The waterfall is nice and worth the hike. Just follow the trail on this app and you’ll be on your way. You’ll have to make a left going down when you hit a fork in the road. Look for the stone arrow on the ground which will point the way.

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rocky
14 days ago

Very difficult to find. When it says you’ve arrived, park in the big open space on the left and walk back to the road you were driving on and head up. The hike is straight up a hill but has lots of loose rocks which make coming down slippery. To get to the falls you have to scramble down a steep slope which is also slippery. I would not call this easy. Not super hard but but getting to the falls was a bit precarious. Take your third left to the falls. The second left to the pond was worth it as well but even steeper of a scramble down to it.

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over grown
14 days ago

Great trail! Beautiful views. we walked clock wise. Last part of trail is a little steep. Park at Packers Bay by trailhead sign. Trail comes out to road, head down to parking lot for a loop. Could use some brush work.

Grey butte and South Gate trail leading to Mount Shasta’s close up view was moderate and comparably easy, but still need to be well fit for climbing to the top of hills. The opposite side of the trail was HELL. I don’t recommend taking it as it’s off trail and you can get easily lost! Very steep and must climb many picks including red sand and rocky hills, it’s very dangerous. Don’t take this loop trail!!!

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rocky
23 days ago

Dog Hikers: This trail is not for you. This is an extremely hard trail for dogs feet (from the rocks). The drive in was great, blacktop all the way to the trailhead. The trail was beautiful and had incredible views of Shasta and Castle CrAigs. You have to vear off to get to the first lake, I passed it without knowing on my way down. From the first lake to the second lake the decent is steep and is the worst kind of rocks (loose and softball size). It is a great hike, I would recommend it! Maybe stop at the first lake.

hiking
24 days ago

I think the trail has changed. we followed the markers and it was different than the all trails map. beautiful hike easy down last a babbling Brook in the meadow. a workout of sorts back up. highly recommend.

Neat little trail. I started at upper falls and went to lower and back. Most of climbing is between middle and upper falls. The cool thing is for anyone who can’t hike much you can drive and park within a few hundred feet of lower, middle and upper falls. Beautiful hike.

Gorgeous trail from FS40N45 to porcupine lake. Views are beautiful.

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rocky
27 days ago

Gorgeous trail just don’t follow the directions that they give you, you need to go to the Gumboot trailhead which is not where these directions take you, they take you to the Gumboot camping area

Day Hiked 10-13-19. Moderately steep climb from start to finish. Trail is easy to follow up to Big Bear Lake. To find Wee Bear and Little Bear, backtrack down from Big Bear and angle off to the right (as you’re descending) to find a few cairns that mark the “trail” up to Wee Bear/Little Bear. As mentioned before, there are multiple established cairn routes- best to pick one and continue climbing towards Wee Bear Lake. From Little Bear Lake, there’s a loosely marked scramble trail from the northwest side of the lake that ascends up to a ridge. Beautiful views of the valley. A few fall colors along the trail this weekend

As previously mentioned, STAY ON THE TRAIL, to include dogs and children. They are trying to rehabilitate this alpine meadow that is hardy in that it can deal with extreme winter, but fragile in that it can’t handle being trampled by hordes of people and animals. I think this AllTrails map is incorrect and reflects paths that no longer exist due to the rehab project... adapt by following the signs and staying on trail.

Very good trail, partly in the woods and part on the shore of the lake. Last part is on the road. Beautiful contrast between the dark green of the trees, the red of the soil and the light green of the water.

Always a gorgeous hike! The first half mile is usually quite muddy, but the remainder of the trail is generally smooth sailing. The summit can be very windy even on warm summer days. Excellent views of Shasta. Can be crowded on weekends.

The short stroll to the falls is quite easy, though can be muddy. Falls can be crowded on the weekend. There are remnants of a historic spring resort along the path.

It was a little hard to find the trail head. The falls are spectacular and so worth the trek.

This trail was such a wonderful surprise. We took it from Lower Falls all the way to Upper Falls and back again. Aside from the gorgeous waterfalls, the trail is well maintained and offers tremendous beauty wherever you are on it. It pretty much follows the McCloud River. We really liked that we were able to take our dog; so many trails don’t allow dogs. Really wonderful hike!

Lower and middle falls are quite spectacular. The hike is just okay.

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blowdown
1 month ago

Nice easy walk for hiking newbies to a really beautiful, quiet place. we encountered only 2 other people in 2 hours. saw numerous fire rings and "campsites". Would like to know if camping is legal along the trail.

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rocky
1 month ago

We Started at Gum boot trail head. Our goal was to hike to Lake Helen. It is clearly marked and easy to follow. You are on the PCT trail for most of the time. It was a perfect day, some snow and frozen ground but not enough to worry about . There were no bugs. We only met a few others out enjoying the beautiful day. So many great views and viewpoints.

Beautiful views the whole way up

Pretty much as others had reviewed. Easy/moderate it you are in decent shape. We went to upper deadfall lake and back. Weather got bad and the wind rolled in, so we turned back. This weekend was the first touch of fall up in Weed. . We ran into another hiker that said it had been a white out earlier that morning.

if you use the Google map from this to get there you will be on a random long hike but pretty you have to use the Google Maps faery Falls parking lot to access the falls easily its very beautiful and well worth it super easy as well

nice trail to beautiful waterfalls..

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