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.

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Fee: $10 per car for entry. 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.

- Contact: Park rangers are available at (530) 335-2777. - McArthur Burney Falls - Official Website http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=455

- Seasons: Open all year, though the region has a long winter season so plan accordingly. - Nearby: Lassen Volcanic National Park is close by and Burney falls is a great way to add even more variety to a Lassen visit. - Nearby: Subway Caves is an unmissable short hike located on state route 89 between Burney Falls and Lassen.

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Marlon Antone
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Super easy hike and one of the best waterfalls I have ever seen. A must visit if you’re in Lassen or Burney.

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Melinda Luber
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gorgeous falls! Easy loop. Very well traveled, level. also accepting credit cards for $10 entrance fee.

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Jackie Olson
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Beautiful!

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John Pearson
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Excellent!!

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maria cabrera
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Leslie Hall
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Lots of water in the falls! Beautiful! (fyi, virtually no one wore masks while hiking the loop, only in the more congested areas of the park)

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Daniel D
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Perfect little walking trail around the falls. Definitely a magnificent waterfall, with great colors and vantage points.

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R D
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Fantastic views

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Jana Hornsby
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Arrive early or parking will be difficult and backed up getting in gate. Easy trail with railing and concrete most of the way down to the base of the falls. Dogs allowed at park but not on trail. Nice picnic area close to cars.

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Dawn Clayton
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Stunning!!!!

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Mark K
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falls are stunning. path is quite manageable, paved and then dirt. pct stretch was really nice, we had it all to ourselves

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Bing Lee
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A very easy family friendly trail with picturesque views

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Neiha Khokhar
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Absolutely astonishing. No words to express the beauty!! I suggest going there early so it’s not so crowded at the falls otherwise it’s amazing.

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Olivia Hale (hale.on.a.trail)
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$10/car entry fee. Begin the loop in the direction going away from falls if you want to avoid uphill hiking- not difficult even if done the opposite way. Falls were absolutely GORGEOUS!!

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Kathryn wangsadirdja
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Very impressive falls, short trail but very interesting.

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Varun Tewari
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Easy, fun trail with a nice waterfall and beautiful creek.

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Kristalynne Anderson
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Easy trail for all levels, beautiful falls!!!

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Erika Gonzalez
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Nice easy short hike .

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Sandra Torres
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Easy & Beautiful!

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Karla Meza
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Waterfalls was breathtaking. Loop around the trail is easy for beginners. I like the signs that are posted along the trail. There is a $10 fee to park.

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Bryan Healy
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Barbara Ma
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A nice drive from Redding, it’s one of the most grandiose falls. It’s really beautiful!

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Adi L
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The views are absolutely breath taking. So worth it. Try to go early as the crowd gets to be overwhelming.

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Laura Di Tomaso
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Short & sweet.

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Joe Keffer
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Crowded, but the waterfalls are beautiful (summer 2020)

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Luis Noriega
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