Burney Falls

Burney, California

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An entire rock face spills water at Burney Falls, with the creek pouring over the top and seepage from an underground reservoir seething through cracks in the volcanic matrix. Burney Falls never fails. The massive spill—more than 100 million gallons per day—is perennial: Whatever snow falls in winter feeds both the creek and spring-fed reservoir that fuel Burney, whether it is enough to bury nearby Lassen Peak in 40-foot drifts or the feeble quantities that California may see in a drought season. The falls are the centerpiece of a premier park and recreational area in the north-central part of the state, in the southernmost reaches of the Cascade Range. Lake Britton, opening just down-stream, and the recreational opportunities of the Pit River add to the region’s allure.
Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

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Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

by Tracy Salcedo-Chourré (Falcon Guides)

An entire rock face spills water at Burney Falls, with the creek pouring over the top and seepage from an underground reservoir seething through cracks in the volcanic matrix. Burney Falls never fails. The massive spill—more than 100 million gallons per day—is perennial: Whatever snow falls in winter feeds both the creek and spring-fed reservoir that fuel Burney, whether it is enough to bury nearby Lassen Peak in 40-foot drifts or the feeble quantities that California may see in a drought season.

The falls are the centerpiece of a premier park and recreational area in the north-central part of the state, in the southernmost reaches of the Cascade Range. Lake Britton, opening just down-stream, and the recreational opportunities of the Pit River add to the region’s allure.

© 2015 Tracy Salcedo-Chourré/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Burney
Distance: 1.3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2-3 hours
Season: Year-round
Features: Waterfalls
Local Contacts: McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, 24898 CA 89, Burney, CA 96013; (530) 335-2777; www.parks.ca.gov
Local Maps: USGS Burney Falls CA; map in the park brochure (also available on the park website)
Driving Directions: Directions to Burney Falls

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