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McCloud River Waterfalls

Easy/Intermediate
 4.5 (2) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Three amazing waterfalls, a campground, swimming hole, and the sounds of a roaring creek make this hike a real treat!


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4.1

Miles

6.5

KM

Out and Back

3,503' 1,068 m

High

3,239' 987 m

Low

302' 92 m

Up

302' 92 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

15%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Waterfall

Family Friendly Picnic tables, swimming, easy access, a campground nearby, and bathrooms make this a good option for a family outing.

Overview

There are three fantastic waterfalls on this short, easy hike along the McCloud River. The trail is partially paved, but mostly singletrack. There are parking places near both ends of the hike and an overlook near each waterfall, so it's possible to do the hike in any direction. The Middle and Lower Falls have swimming holes, which feel wonderful on a hot day. The trail continues past the Upper Falls for quite a few more miles if you want to hike further.

Description

Starting from the lower parking area, follow the trail along the banks of the McCloud River through scenic forest. Eventually, the trail will begin to climb in earnest as it passes the Lower, Middle, and Upper Falls and affords you fantastic views of the water.

Flora & Fauna

Ferns and forest abound on this hike.

Contacts

Shared By:

Dawn Westrum

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  4.5 from 2 votes

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Middle Falls McCloud River.
Jul 16, 2017 near McCloud, CA
Middle Falls
Jun 23, 2020 near McCloud, CA
Lower Falls McCloud River
Jul 16, 2017 near McCloud, CA
Upper Falls McCloud River
Jul 16, 2017 near McCloud, CA
Roaring Middle Falls
Jun 23, 2020 near McCloud, CA
Middle Falls from the overlook
Jun 23, 2020 near McCloud, CA

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