Explore the most popular kid friendly trails in Siskiyou 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.

Great hike. Path a little confusing at times but worth it. Beautiful views of river and falls. Would wear hiking boots instead of sneakers next time.

8 days ago

Took Kid 2 on this trail. 11 year old had no trouble and it was a nice short walk. We took took our time and talked about we saw, so it was about 25 minutes. This is easily a 10 minutes walk in and out.
It is a bit soft and a bit muddy in places right now. Totally passable with no problem, though.
Knee warning, it is all uphill on the way in so those looking for a short walk with bad knees should pass.

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17 days ago

Snow covered some of the trail but it was a beautiful hike. We were the only two the whole time so it was nice to have the solitude. Some trees are across the path also but easy to climb over or under. It was a great hike.

I hiked this trail with my kids recently and in our opinion, it wasn't the most interesting trail in the area. We much prefer the Little Falls Loop and the Boardwalk Interpretive trail. If you want to see more of the boardwalk and the Jeffrey pine trails, here is a link to our YouTube video in which we document our hikes. :) https://youtu.be/lPJ7wtx5iG0

Husband and I stumbled upon this trail and it was fantastic can’t wait to go again!

Passed this one many times on the way to Oregon Trail 1106 and 1107. Was on the way there again today and decided to stop and do this one instead. Nice hike with a little up and down but pretty simple. The dogs enjoyed it with no one else around. A lot of deer and elk sign. I thought I heard an elk bugle but I don't know if it'e the right time of the year for them to be doing that or not...

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3 months ago

Great trail. Just a bit muddy in the winter months but very beautiful.

took my two year old. it was a fun hike but definitely not more than 2 miles.

Such an interesting landscape. Short hike, but lots to look at and listen to. Took a few tries to find it, now can't stay away.

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7 months ago

Beautiful hike. Opposite of most because to get to the falls you are climbing down and to get back to the trail head you climb up. It is steep, I found myself struggling a bit at the end as I was climbing uphill. The views were definitely worth it though! Great waterfall and if you are feeling more adventurous you can wander to the second or even third tier of the falls. Its a difficult climb to get to the very top, so if it is rainy/wet or you are just not super confident I would stick with the first or second tier. I did this hike with friends and our combined 3 dogs (2 shiatsu's and a Siberian husky) and they all handled it like a champ.

on Elk Creek Falls Trail

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7 months ago

Short and sweet hike! This was one of our stops along the way to the hanging rock hike. The forest is beautiful and you get to the waterfall in no time on this one. It's quite easy to go off the beaten path at the end to explore the waterfall closer too.

I would recommend this hike in the Spring or early Summer. The water was pretty low when we went (August) and the falls were nearly non-existent. It was also hot and smokey from the forest fires, so that didn't really help with the experience. The trail is rocky and narrow at times, but still easily passable and not difficult. It's a pretty hike and I'll have another go later on. Maybe even in the winter.

Very nice little hike. It took quite a while to drive up to the trail head (about 45 minutes from HWY 199), but the views are stunning and the landscape is interesting. The actual hike is easy and short. The plant life is interesting with a lot of plants and trees that were new to me. And even though it was August, there were still wildflowers blooming and ripe Huckleberries and Thimbleberries. The trees that remain from the Biscuit Fire are a bit eerie, but also beautiful. I personally loved the silver trunks against the black burnt bark. At the lake, it was very quiet and still. And a lot cooler than the valley floor. I don't know that I would go to camp as it seems to be pretty popular and there were other people there the whole time we were. But all in all a beautiful place and worth a visit.

Seemed much shorter and not as steep as I thought from description. We only registered 40ft elevation change. Maybe the described elevation was to the big tree. We only went to the falls. They were beautiful!

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10 months ago

Did another trail close by and noticed signage for this. Info on trail says it is one of the largest Myrtle trees in the world and is possibly 400 years old. Very short little uphill trail.

Nice little (short) hike off the main road. Hike up the adjacent trail to look at the big cedar first, then look at the falls on the way back down

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Beautiful waterfall! it has an upper and lower we scrambled to the upper and was not disappointed!

Beautiful falls! Short but steep hike. Trail gets a bit washed out near the bottom but it's still worth it to crawl out closer to the water.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Steep, but worth it for the falls at the bottom.

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Monday, April 03, 2017

Says it's at a rating of easy kid friendly I was packing my 22 month old in a pack it was a little sketchy in places very wet muddy but a beautiful hike on a Sunday in first part of April the water flow was very impressive beautiful hike

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Monday, April 03, 2017

Beautiful setting extremely easy hike

Monday, March 13, 2017

Are Jeffery Pine Loop and Little Falls Trail combined in your mileage tabulation? I either lost Jeffery trail or they are combined. Confusing.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

great

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Went after a heavy rainfall in December and the falls were a raging, thunderous torrent. Very impressive.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

such a beautiful place

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

park is closed and appears that the trails are no longer maintained. the big pine is still standing but is dead. It is Beautiful.

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Saturday, September 03, 2016

Not much lake left, took forever to get there on the oneway gravel road.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

fun. big pine campground is closed still as of this post

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Rocky!! This was a great hike but I must say it was too rocky and the path too narrow or steep or overgrown at times. The trails could be more clearly marked too. (After reading the other posts, I need to make a correction...the trail to Little Falls is what I'm describing lol just wanted to be clear!)
It was a great challenge for me and my two dogs. Might do it again with a walking stick and a buddy!

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