Feather Falls Loop Trail

MODERATE 195 reviews

Feather Falls Loop Trail is a 8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Oroville, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2440 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bridge out

bugs

rocky

The trail leads you to the sixth tallest year-round waterfall in the USA. This version takes the upper trail to the falls and back to the trail head via the upper trail. Though longer than an alternative route to the falls, this is the easiest way to the waterfall. During the springtime this is often the only trail to the waterfall because of flooding on the lower trail. The trail head is located near Feather Falls, California. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes a half day. We hiked is in April. It was a beautiful time to hike. It was a very green time of year and there were plenty of wildflowers along the trail and a very full waterfall at trail's end. The water from the falls crashed with a loud roar onto the rocks and riverbed below.

3 days ago

Maybe my favorite hike ever! We went on a misty morning in April. Dogwoods in bloom. Moss everywhere. Newts crossing the path so frequently that you really need to watch out not to step on one. Absolutely gorgeous canopy and trail. A great shady hike into a magical forest. We went lower trail in, hooked left up to feather falls and then upper trail out. Pretty steep climb coming out, Make sure to bring enough water. We'll be going again in the fall and likely once every spring at least. Can't recommend this trail enough!

hiking
6 days ago

Mother's Day hike yesterday, weather was perfect, not hot, still green with flowers and lots of water. Went short in and long out, it was not easy but worth it

hiking
6 days ago

Enjoyed the hike with my family & our dog! The lower trail does have a few washed out spots so be careful in those areas.

hiking
7 days ago

backpacking
7 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

WOW JUST WOW! First off I want to thank Steve and Chris for hiking and recording our event this morning. We started at 7:30AM and we were done by 11:00AM for a total of 9 miles. The main waterfall was a very beautiful site to see. We took the 4 1/2 mile route and it was very challenging coming back the other way. After the fall it was pretty much an up hill hike, so be prepare for a nice 2 1/2 up climb going back the parking area. There are about four awesome water area and you can even camp out there. Be aware of all the poison oak, it's everywhere. Overall this was one of my top 3 hikes. Do enjoy and be safe. God bless!

hiking
8 days ago

hiking
9 days ago

backpacking
9 days ago

Love this hike! Beautiful scenery and being a loop hike makes it that much more enjoyable.

10 days ago

Moderate to hard hike with lots of hills. Bring lots of mosquito repellant! Amazing and beautiful!

hiking
10 days ago

Remember...what goes down most certainly comes back up at the end. Save your energy if you do the whole loop.

hiking
14 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

♥️beauty all around

hiking
19 days ago

Beautiful hike, I had the trail and the waterfalls for myself in the morning, since I started early. I camped at the trail head: nice basic campground. The return hike around noon was much more crowded. With the exceptional rainfalls we had this year, every creek and fall was "at full capacity", and the nature was in full bloom. Beware of the newts that cross the trail: there was so many of them that you had to be careful not to step on them, especially in the cool, humid morning...

20 days ago

Have done this a couple times, most recent 2 weeks ago, lower trail eroded badly in spots, waterfall is gushing, beautiful.

20 days ago

Great hike! We took the 3.3 mile section to the Falls and can back the 4.5 mile side.

hiking
21 days ago

Amazing Took the left side (steep) in and other way out. Extra mile to go to the top of the falls and back. Well worth it!

22 days ago

It was a great day lots and lots of hikers of all ages on the trail