Burney Falls Loop Trail

EASY 130 reviews

Burney Falls Loop Trail is a 1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Burney, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
1.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
157 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

washed out

no dogs

Short nature trail building to a crescendo at the foot of one of California's most spectacular waterfalls. Without question Burney Falls is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the state. The 129ft waterfall thrills visitors to McArthur Burney Falls Memorial State Park all year round, even when the California summer has dried up every other waterfall around. Located in the Cascade mountains, forty miles north of Lassen Volcanic National Park the falls are given their longevity by the release of meltwater from porous volcanic rock from the surrounding mountains. Two large streams cascade from the top of the falls and are accompanied by curtains of water fed from underground streams, creating a unique and grand appearance to the waterfall. The one mile journey loops around the falls in a clockwise direction, beginning with an overlook from above the waterfall and descending into the valley towards the foot of the attraction. With the falls hidden from view for much of the trail, visitors can focus on the interpretive signs on the nature trail and enjoy the shade that the park's greenery provides. The crescendo of the trail reaches its peak at the bottom of Burney Falls where you can experience the force nature from up close. The return journey is along a short set of switchbacks which afford even more views of the falls. Note: $8 Fee

24 days ago

beautiful hike the falls are awesome

hiking
27 days ago

Easy hike to a beautiful waterfall. The loop trail let’s you see the waterfall from all sides!

1 month ago

Super easy and well maintained, great for families. The loop is a nice walk and the grounds are beautiful !

1 month ago

Awesome waterfall!

1 month ago

easy short hike not the most diverse

1 month ago

Easy hike
Good views

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike

hiking
2 months ago

It was a great waterfall and view hiked the whole loop, very easy

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike! The falls are stellar. I went in late September but hope to return another time in the fall when the leaves have changed!

hiking
4 months ago

It wasn’t too cold until we got close to the falls because of the mist. Definitely can’t wait to go again in the summer!

hiking
5 months ago

Lovely loop around the falls. Went in mid October. Cold and sunny. Perfect walking weather.

hiking
7 months ago

This is one of the hikes, you would be wanting to do time and again. This hike caters more to the falls than the hike. Some where I wonder that the mention of this falls as the 8th wonder is appropriate. The flow of water in the falls is captivating.

7 months ago

absolutely beautiful

hiking
7 months ago

great views!

hiking
7 months ago

7 months ago

Best waterfall I have ever seen in person!

hiking
8 months ago

One of the most beautiful falls I have seen. The loop trail is short. It is possible to hike through to lake Britton, keeping in mind that parts of the trail may be closed due to erosion. Swimming is not possible in sapphire pond; it is possible at the lake.

hiking
8 months ago

the waterfall speaks for itself

hiking
8 months ago

Yes #1 Falls Hike however not much of an actual hike - more of a destination. Easy to find but parking was a mess because it was really busy. Did the short loop.

hiking
8 months ago

Easy with the kiddos (we had 8 kids with us from ages 2 up to 18) they all loved the loop! There's just a couple places we needed to hold hands since the trail narrows along some of the steeper climbs.

hiking
9 months ago

Easy trail. Paved most of the time. Beautiful waterfall with easy access. Crossing the creek on the two foot bridges makes it easy and fun for small kids. Worth the short hike, don't pass up this one.

9 months ago

A great place to spend the day.

9 months ago

A bit overcrowded but impressive. Bring your fishing pole and make sure to grab an ice cream cone. They are delicious and not ridiculously over priced.

9 months ago

This was by far one of the best places I have ever visited. The waterfall is so amazing. It only cost $8.00 to enter the camp site, after that it is so beautiful. It's not a hike at all, just a walk down and walk back up. A must see place. Two thumbs up!

10 months ago

This trail is in a state park. You have to pay an entrance fee and then deal with swarms of people. The trail is heavily used and goes around the waterfall. The waterfall is beautiful. Just know that it is very busy.

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike with the kids!

hiking
10 months ago

Amazing waterfall, you don't even really have to hike to see the waterfall as it's right out of the parking lot. However, the trail afterwards is very nice and mostly level walking that handrails a beautiful lake.

10 months ago

Very easy hike to the waterfall. We parked on the side of the road that didn't require entrance fee. Waterfall itself was just breathtaking. Very rare to have waterfalls that look like Burney Falls in California.

hiking
11 months ago

Amazing view of the falls! My friend and I were able to get close enough to be attacked by the mist coming from the falls. Very easy hike and would definitely recommend checking out the trail, which consisted of two bridges as well.

hiking
11 months ago

The falls themselves are impressive, but you don't have to do the trail to get to them. It's a short trail, but if you're going to have a look at the falls from the base, might as well do the trail too.

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