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 best used from April until August.

3.5 miles
324 feet
Out & Back

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly



nature trips


trail running




wild flowers


no dogs

3 days 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.

1 month 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.

4 months ago

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

4 months ago

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

4 months ago

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

5 months ago

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

7 months ago

Amazing. Middle falls are awesome.

7 months ago

Great, easy trail.

7 months ago

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

7 months ago

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

8 months ago

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

8 months ago

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.

8 months ago

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

9 months ago

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

11 months ago

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.

Monday, July 18, 2016

great views, easy hike.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Nice easy hike from lower to middle falls. There's no entrance fee for the day use, but come early as the parking lot fills up. You can bring lunch to eat at the picnic tables & bring your swim suit for the swimming hole.

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