Burney Falls Loop Trail is a 1 mile heavily 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

camping

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

partially paved

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

washed out

fee

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: $10 Fee

hiking
1 day ago

Beautiful easy trail. Gorgeous views of the waterfall and river running by the trail. The long trail was close as 5/26/20

really easy trail! Our 71 year old grandmother was able to walk it no problem. The waterfalls are amazing from the very beginning and just more incredible the closer you get. we definitely want to come back and try it in the winter. The trail ends right at the parking lot so we're able to have a picnic lunch. the trailer able to handle a lot of people without feeling crowded. they're very well maintained and wide enough for 2 people.

3 days ago

Parking is OPEN! There was a looooonng line to get in when i was leaving. Glad I got there early. No line at 9am on Saturday on Memorial Weekend. And an absolutley fantasic and easlily accessible and hikable trail. Half of it is paved with railing.

hiking
12 days ago

Parking is closed due to covid. Don’t know if it was allowed, but we found some parking off 89 about half a mile down from the entrance of the park. There were a few people parked there, so I just followed the crowd. From there, we just walked past the parking barriers at the entrance of the park and went our merry way. Rainy today but the waterfall was gorgeous

hiking
13 days ago

Really nice trail. Shaded all the way. Waterfall is beautiful and the water is cool & refreshing. Perfect for those hot summer days. Went here last August 2019.

14 days ago

i read online the parking lot is close , where can we park instead?

hiking
15 days ago

It was beautiful. Love the waterfall

hiking
1 month ago

really easy hike - family friendly!

hiking
1 month ago

Most beautiful waterfall by far! Did this hike last month. Waterfall is breathtaking!

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

Beautiful beyond words. There was a rainbow forming from the falls!

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful waterfalls, well maintained and easily accessible. Lots of parking and restrooms

hiking
3 months ago

My families happy place! If you take your kids, the rangers at the park have a trash pickup program for the kids. Fill the bag and they get a prize!

hiking
snow
4 months ago

Went when there was snow but the loop trail was still very easy to get through. The first couple of switchbacks down to the falls were a bit icy but the railing really helped. Once you get down, prepare to take in one of Northern California's most beautiful waterfalls. Because of the light sprinkle in rain, we had the whole thing to ourselves and it was definitely something magical. I totally recommend going anytime of the year.

hiking
6 months ago

Gorgeous views after the waterfall. Pretty easy the whole way. One small part of the way back that will get your heart pumping. Toward the end you come out to a wide open space, go left to reach the parking lot.

hiking
6 months ago

Great hiking location with beautiful photo ops!

hiking
6 months ago

Too many people

hiking
6 months ago

Really easy hike. And the views are so rewarding! There is a $10 entrance fee, so please bring cash.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful trail that is pretty easy if you are used to hiking even just a little. Other hikers said it was stroller accessible. We did it with our jogging stroller, but I would not recommend doing that. For people with toddlers, carrying them is easier here

hiking
7 months ago

stunning waterfall! A must see

hiking
7 months ago

Really enjoyed this easy one-mile loop trail. Burney Falls are magnificent!

hiking
7 months ago

very pretty! have never took so few steps to see such a beautiful waterfall...legs feeling deprived.

hiking
7 months ago

Casual hike with beautiful waterfall. Went during the week and missed the crowds.

easy pleasant walk. waterfalls look best at mid day due to the sunlight

hiking
8 months ago

easy trail took 4yr old no problem

hiking
8 months ago

Absolutely breathtaking falls! Very very over crowded though. I recommend getting there early to get ahead of the craziness. I went around 8:30 and there was only a few people. By the time I left around 10:00 it was started to get crowded. Definitely worth it though.

hiking
8 months ago

Wow! Amazing.

hiking
8 months ago

Awesome! Cool and overly traveled but with the walk!

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful fall

hiking
8 months ago

Dogs are not allowed on the trail. They can only go to the look out point facing the falls. Pretty bummed about that since I drove 4 hours to get there. The falls are pretty though so I will just double check info on the website next time.

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