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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.

Length 1.0 mi Elevation gain 157 ft 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
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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. Note: $10 Fee

- 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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Beth Williams
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FishingFeeGreat!

We got here around 8:30 on a Friday morning and there was only one other car in the parking lot. By the time we left at 10:30 there were around 10 or so cars. Very clean area with nice bathrooms and a general store. Campground was closed. Hike around the falls was easy and we were practically the only ones on the trail! Fishing is also allowed so bring your pole!

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Edward Huy
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Tim Everhart
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Jonathan Colmenares
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Spectacular views all around. Well worth the trip.

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Shannon Trayle
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Nature tripsFee

I love this trail for its simplicity...it’s a short stroll down a (crowded) path to see a truly stunning set of waterfalls. Sit and enjoy the clear blue water while you let the white noise of the roar of the falls coax you into a relaxed state. Much to explore in the area...highly recommend!

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Shreya Deodhar
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WalkingGreat!

Awesome falls. Also the loop is easy and scenic. Loved standing by the river. Did not wait by the falls for too long, as there were too many people not doing social distancing.

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Michelle Manriquez
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HikingGreat!

Easy trail. Gorgeous waterfall!

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Megan Lee
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Polly Khieu
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Beautiful trails, waterfalls and the river are amazingly soothing.

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Kathy Villanueva
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Came on a Saturday around noon. Knowing everyone had the same idea to come during Labor Day weekend. Please advise if you notice traffic 2 miles out or even a mile, that means people are trying to get into the lot. Luckily we were smart amongst others is to park on the side of the road and walk to the park. It took most people to get in an hour if you felt like waiting. Anyhoot short beautiful hike. Mother nature's creation at its best. As you approach the falls the temperature drops with the cooler. You have a choice to take a dip or put your feet in the water. Just being there was serene. If you're looking for a waterfall 4hrs away from the Bay, definitely worth it.

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Jarrod St. Germain
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Amazing waterfall!

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Amanda Mamo
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Arrived at 7am today on a Saturday ( memorial day weekend) and there were quite a few cars already. It was self register until staff arrived at 8. I left just after 8 and the parking lots were full! Burney falls is surreal and even more impressive in person. There were lots of ppl not wearing masks.

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thomas tuchsherer
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Too many people

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Alicia Aleardi
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Eugene Hogan
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Denny Manning
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HikingGreat!

OMG! Absolutely beautiful waterfall! I love how you can hear the waterfall gushing from the parking lot. As you are walking down the waterfall begins to peek in between the trees. It was such a wonderful surprise at the end of such a short hike. The most strenuous part of it was only going back up the stairs. Highly recommend going in the morning for peace of mind to enjoy and to avoid the crowds while maintain social distancing.

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Edip Borluca
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Stunning waterfall! Quick easy hike.

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The Hiking Hiker
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Beautiful falls. Short walk from parking lot. Water was cold. We jumped in and got the heck out. It was cold sitting on the rocks because of overspray from waterfalls. Gorgeous. We got there at 11am on Monday and it wasn’t too crowded. Got busy by 2-3pm.

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Sylvia Yen
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Zach Sensenbach
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This was so beautiful! You see the Dallas right at the very start so the pay off isn’t there but there are still a couple of beautiful bridges for photo opps. Overall an easy hike with great sights!

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Freddy Quintana
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Waterfall itself was beautiful! Heavy crowds at 4 pm when we visited. For sure an IG model dream shot :)

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chelsea her
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Got to the park around 8. Hike was pretty easy and durable especially for kids. Plenty of great photo ops! definitely would recommend bringing a sharpie to write along the bridges!

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Kelsey Crowther
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Short and easy hike. This waterfall was the most amazing I’ve ever seen! Definitely lots of people but once you actually get down to the base of the falls, there is room to scramble around and find your own spot!

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Veronica Zerbe
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so beautiful! it's pretty smokey up by the parking and what not right now with all the fires but once you go down a little and get closer to the water, you can't even tell. And the falls are gorgeous! pictures do not do this place justice. it is absolutely worth the visit, smokey or not.

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Penny Davis
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Went on Friday Morning and got there around 10 am there were a few people but it was calm and the waterfall its self is absolutely beautiful! However don't be fooled into thinking you can swim. while there are no restriction the pool is 22ft deep and 42 degrees ( close to hypothermic temperatures) with a STRONG current. getting to it is very easy it'd paved and railed. By 1pm it was CROWDED (for COVID) with loud kids who definitely disrupted the peace of the scene and ash was beginning to fall from the sky due to fires. there is a general store for anything you may need it's pretty well stock with snacks and essentials. more amazing than the photos! just GET THERE EARLY! it opens at dawn.

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