Burney Falls Loop Trail

EASY 158 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

20 days ago

Great trail!

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent hike easy some of the path is paved. The park was beyond very busy and they had a line of cars out on 89 just to get in. We took Clark Creek road from 89 and found a dirt parking lot that was less than full and provided easy access to the trail. You can walk in about 1000 feet and the trail splits go either direction to access the park.

1 month ago

Easy hike, pretty falls

1 month ago

Very nice scenery one of the best Falls in California.

1 month ago

was BEAUTIFUL hiking

1 month ago

Amazing waterfall.

hiking
1 month ago

We enjoyed this short hike and it is an easy loop for those looking for an outing and a bit of exercise. Beautiful falls to enjoy close to the parking lot.

1 month ago

great short and easy hike with amazing views

hiking
2 months ago

Easy hike even with kids. Don’t let the steep downhill walk discourage you from going to the bottom of the Falls. Beautiful views and breathtaking photo opportunities. The Falls loop is easy enough for small children but keel them close as you climb the steep hill on the other side of the Falls. Several spots are straight down. Several resting spots along the way for those who wish to rest. Great hike for the experience hiker or just someone wishing to view nature.

walking
2 months ago

Gorgeous waterfall and an easy hike around the loop. Walk the creek and look for trout, watch people fishing at the falls, see the falls from below and above. Pay $8 entrance fee/car. Worth it to see the falls. We went early in morning (10a) before parking lot filled up. By the time we left (11a) lots of people were just showing up.

2 months ago

Nice hike

2 months ago

2018/05/26 - just hiked to the bottom and back

hiking
2 months ago

One of the most beautiful waterfalls I have ever seen! Short hike down to the base, but still fun. You are so close to the falls the spray from them leaves you a bit damp. Feels great on a hot day!

3 months ago

beautiful hike the falls are awesome

hiking
3 months ago

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

3 months ago

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

4 months ago

Awesome waterfall!

4 months ago

easy short hike not the most diverse

4 months ago

Easy hike
Good views

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike

hiking
5 months ago

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

hiking
6 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
7 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
8 months ago

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

hiking
9 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.

10 months ago

absolutely beautiful

hiking
10 months ago

great views!

hiking
10 months ago

10 months ago

Best waterfall I have ever seen in person!

hiking
11 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.

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