McCloud Waterfall Trail

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McCloud Waterfall Trail is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mccloud, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.5 miles
354 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly




nature trips


trail running




wild flowers


2 months ago

Beautiful trail from lower to upper falls. Most of the trail is fairly easy, hardest part is from middle falls to upper falls, fairly step switchbacks. Not overly difficult but be prepared with water and a hat during the warmer summer months. All in all though the views are pretty and the trails are mostly flat and easy to walk.

3 months ago

I am new on all trail app. Only I got in was for the GPS exact location but it doesn’t show GPS location, but asking for pay app for a download map. I will go for other app.

nature trips
3 months ago

I love it
planning to go back

3 months ago

loved middle creek falls!

4 months ago

Really beautiful hike.

4 months ago

Easy and beautiful!

4 months ago

Quick easy hike. Perfect for the whole family. Beautiful waterfalls!

4 months ago

Beautiful. Your walking through the campground on an asphalt trail for a good portion. Then you hit middle falls and your reminded why you go hiking. I was trying out a new loaded backpack and it was a good length to get my first idea of what the pack would feel like. Upper falls is a great place to just sit and feel the power of the river just before it plummets. Trail is wide and popular.

5 months ago

Great hike. Start at the lower falls and work your way up. Watch for lizards and squirrels. Middle falls is the most spectacular in my opinion - the water is still pretty cold, but you can go for a swim there.

6 months ago

Great hike. Did this two days ago with my dog after a snow storm the night before.

6 months ago

Beautiful and awe inspiring! The waterfalls were really flowing with all the melted snow. It also lightly snowed during our hike which created a storybook magical scene. The trail was pretty well kept as well so you could focus on the beauty around you. 10/10 would visit again

6 months ago

Snow has the road to Falls rather challenging to say the least. Lots of deep snow ... no clearance. hard ... need a 4x4 and good tires!

9 months ago

Beautiful and easy hike! The Middle Falls were definitely the show stopper. Would recommend to anyone looking for an easy day with amazing views.

10 months ago

Easy walk/hike with amazing views. Suitable to bring children, and or older relatives visiting. Clean restrooms on several locations along the trail. The trails are wide, and partly paved. It's sometimes crowded, especially during summer. I've done the hike many times. The waterfalls are magical. Not a very challenging hike.

Saturday, September 09, 2017

The rock, seeing all three falls and the pretty McCloud river makes this a wonderful hike - enjoyed the beauty.

Saturday, September 09, 2017

The rock, seeing all three falls and the pretty McCloud river make this a wonderful hike - enjoyed the beauty.

Monday, September 04, 2017

Middle Falls makes it worth the other shortcomings. Easy to find - parked in lower falls area. Nice falls but nothing to get excited. The hike has 2 downsides - first 1/2 miles is on asphalt and for well over half the hike you are working NEAR the river but cant see it so pretty boring. When you get to the Middle Falls really amazing. You then can go up to the rim and walk down to the upper falls which is ok. Walk back on a fairly boring hike ......but Middle falls is really special

Sunday, July 30, 2017

easy walk between the falls. start with the lower falls and make your way up! at the large middle falls you can swim in the cold water

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Amazing. Middle falls are awesome.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Great, easy trail.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

A walk through beautiful forest with 3 waterfalls with distinct character. The middle falls one is especially impressive. A great hike!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Short hike with 3 waterfalls! Beautiful... but can be crowded.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Great trail. Easy for children. Only one short climb.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

I recommend starting at Lower Falls and then hiking up to Upper Falls (and then back to return to your car).
The hike from Lower to Middle Falls is easy, mostly flat, and often paved. It runs along the river and through a nice campground. There's decent fishing at Lower Falls.
Middle Falls is the most scenic of the three and we'll worth the trek from either direction.
The hike from Middle Falls to Upper Falls is nearly straight uphill with switchbacks and stairs in one spot. It's very doable and scenic.
There are picnic tables and overlook points at Upper Falls. You could park at Upper Falls and hike down.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Nice and relaxing hike! These falls are a beautiful and rare sight to see.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Well-maintained, easy to follow hike along the river to lower, middle, and upper McCloud Falls.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

What an amazing view(s)!! Check out all the falls...camping right on trail! I will be back!

Sunday, January 01, 2017

One of the prettiest waterfalls in Northern California ❤

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Nice easy hike...just one hill of switchbacks at middle falls. My favorite is the upper falls, wow. Beautiful pool with great rocks to sit on...and jump off of. Freezing water of course, but worth a quick dip!!

Friday, August 05, 2016

Awesome waterfalls.

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