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McArthur Burney Falls State Park Loop

Short nature trail building to a crescendo at the foot of one of California's most spectacular waterfalls.

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Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1 miles
Duration: Less than 1 hour
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Overview :  Without question Burney Falls is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the state. The 129ft waterfall thrills visitors to McArthur... more »

Tips:  • Seasons: Open all year, though the region has a long winter season so plan accordingly.
• Contact: Park rangers are available at ... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Trailhead & Viewpoint

Enter the park via the main entrance, just off state route 89 and six miles north of the 89/299 junction.

Our route begins at the not-to-be-missed Burney Falls overlook just to the West of the main parking lot. From here you can marvel at the size and unusual features of the waterfall, which framed by trees, makes for a perfect picture-postcard... More

2. Junction

The single track trail breaks off from the road at this point, heading towards the bridge which transports you across Burney Creek where you'll likely find fishermen in search of their prey.

3. PCT Junction

Bear right at this junction, heading in the opposite direction from the Pacific Crest Trail.

We recommend taking the time to read the interpretive signs on this short nature trail, which provides interesting insights into the local flora.

4. Hidden Overlook

Although you've definitely been able to hear it, you haven't seen the waterfall since you started this hike. This hidden overlook provides an obstructed view of the falls and a promise of even better views to come.

5. Rainbow Bridge

Once the trail reaches the bottom of the valley, navigate towards the rainbow bridge and head over Burney Creek. From here, turn right and follow the stream south towards the foot of Burney Falls.

Called the "eighth wonder of the world" by former President Teddy Roosevelt, you can find your own superlatives as you conclude your upstream walk to Burney Falls.

Fed by the copious amounts of water from the snow covered mountains, the stream at the top of the falls crashes 129 vertical feet into the blue pools in front of you. Underground... More