Gray Eagle Waterfalls

EASY 4 reviews
#8 of 20 trails in

Gray Eagle Waterfalls is a 6.9 mile out and back trail located near Clio, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until June.

DISTANCE
6.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1151 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

hiking
2 months ago

We took a variation of the All Trails Gray Eagle Creek/Waterfalls hike and turned it into a loop including Smith Creek and Smith Lake. This ended up being a fairly strenuous hike, at least more so than we had counted on. After starting on the Gray Eagle Creek trail we took the cut off that goes over to the Smith Creek trail. This trail goes up and over a ridge with a few nice views on the way. Then we walked toward Smith Lake on the Smith Creek trail - upstream and uphill all the way through forested area. The Creek is pretty as it tumbles down with several small cascading falls but it would have been prettier if we had seen them walking downhill. We side tripped to Smith Lake then came back and crossed the bridge and went down the Smith Lake trail to the parking area not far from Gray Eagle lodge, picked up the Gray Eagle Creek trail to head back to where we started. Great views of the area from the top of the Smith Lake trail. If I were to do it again I'd make it a point to point by taking the Smith Lake trail up to the lake and the Smith Creek trail all the way to Mohawk/Plumas Pines.

5 months ago

hiking
Friday, July 01, 2016

A beautiful hike with a gradual grade over an occasionally rocky path. This is NOT a wheelchair accessible trail. Good trail for hiking boots because of the terrain and the occasional creek crossings. Highly recommended!

hiking
Friday, July 01, 2016

Great trail. Despite how it's labeled it's definitely NOT wheelchair accessible. Steady grade but never exceedingly steep. Path is dirt or small rocks with occasional large rock sections (almost creek bed like). Hiking boots are recommended due to the rocky sections and a few small creek bed crossings. In and out of the sun but mostly you're walking in full sun. This trail has several offshoot options - you can go up to Long Lake or up to Smith Lake and make a loop trail out of it with the Smith Creek trail. We went toward Long lake then retraced our path back to the trailhead.