Explore the most popular hiking trails near Mccloud with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

4 days ago

Hiking along a river, beautiful rainy day

It was pretty hard.

Enjoyed this trail yesterday, 11/11/18. Completed lower to upper falls. Easy hike. Weather was chilly but no freezes or snow yet. Falls were still abundant.

Easy and fun!

My group and i camped around 9,600 ft. There’s a wonderful area that blocks the wind which made for fairly comfortable sleeping conditions. That being said, from a few hundred feet before that and on, it becomes 2 steps forward and 1 step back. The closer you get to the summit flat, it’s much more of a climb/scramble than a hike. This was the first mountain i climbed but was so incredible. No greater feeling than getting to the summit!!

I can second others that the sandbars are too much for a 2 wheel drive vehicle or one with low clearance. As an alternative for those who have sedans, you can park 1.5 miles from the trailhead (where Google maps terminate the road) where the first arrow sign says "Clear Creek Trailhead." I camped there as well.

As for the trail, it gets very difficult past the campsite, requiring a lot of perseverance to summit the mountain. Be prepared to have your feet slide back down half way for every step up. I did it in a day setting out at 6 am. If you are dayhiking it, make sure to pack a good windbreaker, warm synthetic layers, 2+L water, a water purifier, and food.

Watch for black bears at the creek. Camp high at around 9600ft. There are good wind protected flat sandy soft spots along the rocky spine. Even in September there is snow along the way that can a good source of water. If melting snow, I recommend jetboil to melt and finish with steripen. You will have 2L within minutes. The pitch isn't that steep until the headwall above Mushroom Rock. If snow is present, consider using microspikes for both ascending and descending as crampons take too long to take off and on and don't work as well for mixed rock, scree, boulders, and ice. The most challenging section is definitely the 500ft-600ft headwall at 13k.

4 months ago

Trying to reach the summit here is like climbing the waterfall upstream. Took us 17 hours (round-trip) without reaching the summit.

5 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.

Wow! Cannot recommend this enough for people. The view at the summit is so worth it. The trail is well defined for most of it but the rocky/sandy terrain makes for difficult climbing. Definitely wear a helmet and don’t climb alone, rock falls aren’t uncommon. I did it in two days (hiked about three miles to base camp the first day, then woke up at midnight and started hiking to reach the summit around 6AM). Sun protection is so important for this and make sure you bundle up - even though there’s not much snow on this trail, it is freezing once you near the summit, especially if you’re hiking at night. If you’re not experienced with hiking or climbing then I also recommend getting a guide for this. This hike is totally worth the effort and the views are so rewarding. Unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.

Difficult but fun! Wear a helmet! Lots of rocks!

5 months ago

This was an amazing trail, the views of Shasta were spectacular even through the smoke. Not being super fit and living at sea level made it a bit rough at times but very doable. We hung out at the creek and ate before heading back down and back at the trailhead we even got to free a bear that locked itself in the bathroom LOL! Keep that door shut!

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.

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6 months ago

I love it
planning to go back

loved middle creek falls!

Quick and short hike down the switchbacks to the river. Beautiful waterfall and easy to cool off in the river pools.

7 months ago

Really beautiful hike.

Easy and beautiful!

when parking at the middle falls it's less than a 5 min walk to the gorgeous overlook view of the falls. The footpath to the left leads to upper falls, an easy 10-15 min walk. The path to the right is a switchback path leading down to the bottom of the middle falls, you can continue down that trail to the lower falls but we didn't go there this time.

7 months ago

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

8 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.

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.

9 months ago

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

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

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!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

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

Friday, January 12, 2018

Very much enjoyed the easy hike to get there. Very tranquil in the winter time with no one else on the trail, can’t wait to go back in the summer

Sunday, November 26, 2017

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.

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