Summary: The hike to Kings Creek Falls is quite possibly the prettiest hike in Lassen Park. It follows Kings Creek, which is very pretty and scenic. Along the way,
notice the Kings Creek Cascades, a long series of rushing waterfalls.
Kings Creek Falls itself is very charming, about 50 ft. high.
The hike to the falls is very easy, but not so easy on the way back up. The trail goes beside the Cascades, which drop 130 ft. in a short distance. It is a bit steep. Alternately, you could take the horse trail back up, bypassing
the Cascades. This is a bit longer and a bit less steep, though still moderate.
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Trailhead: Along Hwy #89, 12 miles inside the south entrance to Lassen Park (or 17 miles from the north entrance). If you are coming from the south entrance, the trailhead is at the 3rd crossing of Kings Creek. There is a long parking area along the roadside at the trailhead. (Lat:40.45968 Lon:-121.4414)
Trail Guides for Kings Creek Falls - Lassen Natl Park:
by Ann Marie Brown (Foghorn Outdoors)
75 Hikes in California Lassen Park and Mt Shasta Regions
by John Soares (The Mountaineers)
100 Classic Hikes in Northern California
by John Soares and Marc Soares (The Mountaineers)
Best Seasons: Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Lassen Volcanic National Park, (530) 595-4444
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Leon Turnbull, who has posted 17 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
Trail Reviews Submit your own review
Reviewed by fritz on 9/2/2008
We loved this hike! Easy enough to do with kids, our youngest is age 4 and he did it no problem. Would recommend the horse trail on the way back. Beautiful falls!
Reviewed by ryan bell on 5/19/2006
my name is Ryan and i like this hike
Reviewed by rab on 5/17/2006
the place to get away from all you're troubles, 5 stars.
Reviewed by Marc K on 11/18/2005
Took this hike in October just before the ranger station shut down for the season. Very enjoyable hike. Be prepared for the steep descent at the falls as you will have to hike back up to get out. I only wish I had more time to spend here.
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