Feather Falls

Oroville, California

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Fine trails lead down to a spectacular overlook of Feather Falls and the Middle Fork Feather River canyon. This is a great trail to a great waterfall. It’s as simple and as perfect as that. The Feather Falls National Scenic Trail is straightforward, nicely maintained, and eminently pleasant, though it can be a chore in hot weather. It passes through a forest of mixed evergreens—oaks, pines, firs, and the occasional incense cedar and madrone—to an overlook on a rock promontory: Look one direction onto Feather Falls, a mighty horsetail plunging more than 600 feet down a vertical rock face, and then swing around and gaze in the other direction down the Middle Fork Feather River canyon, steep-walled, remote, and ringing with the thunder of the river and falls.
Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

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Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

by Tracy Salcedo-Chourré (Falcon Guides)

Fine trails lead down to a spectacular overlook of Feather Falls and the Middle Fork Feather River canyon.

This is a great trail to a great waterfall. It’s as simple and as perfect as that. The Feather Falls National Scenic Trail is straightforward, nicely maintained, and eminently pleasant, though it can be a chore in hot weather. It passes through a forest of mixed evergreens—oaks, pines, firs, and the occasional incense cedar and madrone—to an overlook on a rock promontory: Look one direction onto Feather Falls, a mighty horsetail plunging more than 600 feet down a vertical rock face, and then swing around and gaze in the other direction down the Middle Fork Feather River canyon, steep-walled, remote, and ringing with the thunder of the river and falls.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Oroville
Distance: 8.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 8-10 hours
Season: Year-round
Features: Waterfalls
Local Contacts: Plumas National Forest, Feather River Ranger District, 875 Mitchell Ave., Oroville, CA 95965; (530) 534-6500; www.fs.usda.gov/plumas/
Local Maps: USGS Forbestown CA and Brush Creek CA; US Forest Service map and brochure available online at www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/ FSE_DOCUMENTS/fsm9_034836.pdf
Driving Directions: Directions to Feather Falls

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