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Feather Falls

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Moderately steep trail leading to 6th highest waterfall in US
Near:Oroville, CA
Distance:8.25 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:1674 ft
Hike Time:4.5 hours
Trail Condition:Well maintained trail

Summary: Nice hike worth repeating. There are two trails; one is 4.5 miles but not nearly as steep as the shorter, 3.3 mile trail. Everyone suggests taking the longer trail in and the shorter trail out, so I will too. By doing so you'll cross two sections of the Frey Creek Falls. There's plenty of water on the trail, but as always be sure you treat it first. The waterfall itself is killer, one of the best waterfalls outside of Yosemite. If you take the spur trail above the falls, you can actually step out and look over the edge. There are some campsites along this trail if you wish to go backpacking. Two spots on the trail you can see Bald Rock Dome (see Dome Trail - Curtain Falls hike).
Trailhead: Oro-Quincy Highway east out of Oroville. Turn right on Forbestown Road. Left on Lumpkin Road. Left at Feather Falls sign, all the way to end to trailhead. (Lat:39.61375 Lon:-121.26631)
Trail Guides for Feather Falls:
100 Classic Hikes in Northern California
by John R. Soares & Marc J. Soares (The Mountaineers)

Waterfalls West - Feather Falls
by Leon Turnbull  (

Foghorn Outdoors California Hiking
by Tom Stienstra & Ann Marie Brown (Foghorn Outdoors)

Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes,
Ranger Contact: Plumas National Forest, (530) 534-6500
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Greg Chance, who has posted  8 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by Barry on 3/25/2014
Definitely don't want to go in summer. Water flow would be less and canyon heat would be unpleasant. Went in spring 2014 arriving at parking about 8:30 am to a chill but it quickly became warmer with both time and decent into canyon. There are 3 creeks where water can be accessed along shorter trail (use filter). In the future I will arrive just after sunrise and take the longer (sunnier, flatter) route in the morning and the shorter (shady, steeper) route in the after to enjoy a couple respites in the shade on the return.

Reviewed by ЯФТУ on 4/2/2013

Reviewed by Stephanie on 10/28/2012
LOVED this hike! I've hiked it twice and plan to go again soon! It was beautiful! Great exercise! It has a great observatory deck to see the falls. You can also hike further to the top of the falls which was amazing but dangerous. I wouldn't take kids under 10 on this hike and would not take any kids or dogs to the top of the falls. There are bridges, streams, small waterfalls along the way. Beautiful scenery! Bring your camera! Go! Have FUN!

Reviewed by laddie on 8/26/2012
did the hike today long in and short out.. yes the bottom is supposedly out but the tree is clear and the bridge is broke in half but is very stable or like above trees down that you can cross. if you hike long in and short out it is mostly down hill. last mile 1/2 are up but not bad. but the fall is amazing. will do again.

Reviewed by a on 8/7/2012

Reviewed by sp on 5/26/2012
Enjoyed the hike very much. Went with my daughter and twin 10-year old granddaughters. We all had a great time. The lower trail (3.3) is closed until December 31, 2012 because the bridge is out so we had to hike the upper (4.5) trail. It took us almost 4 1/2 hours taking time to eat lunch on the overlook.

Reviewed by noregret on 4/11/2012
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Reviewed by SY on 12/4/2011
It's an awesome hike. I did it in the middle of summer. It wasn't to hot and pretty shady. If you don't hike often I definitely recommend taking the shorter route in then the longer route out. Or take the long route both ways. I made the mistake of taking long in and short out. I nearly died but the falls are worth the trip. Definitely bring bug spray if you are prone to mosquito bites.

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