Frazier Falls

Blairsden, California 96103

Frazier Falls

Frazier Falls Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"An easy, paved path leads through groves of mixed conifers and rock gardens to stunning Frazier Falls. Frazier Creek drops about 2,000 feet from Gold Lake, high in the Lakes Basin Recreation Area, to the Feather River as it flows out of Graeagle, and about 200 feet of that drop is in the form of a dramatic waterfall.

The trail leading to the Frazier Falls overlook gives no hint of the chasm ahead, or the cleft in the mountainside that the
creek flies through as a flume of whitewater.The stair-step backdrop to the falls is only apparent when the water flow is lower, in late season. But it’s there, carved by the same glacial forces that sculpted the rest of this spectacular stretch of the northern Sierra."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Afoot & Afield: Tahoe-Reno: 201 Spectacular Outings in the Lake Tahoe Region (Wilderness Press)
Mike White
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"Once the access road sheds its snow and Frazier Creek is running at full force, scads of sightseers flock to Frazier Falls on the weekends, with good reason, as a short, nearly flat and wheelchair-accessible half-mile trail leads to an excellent view of the thundering falls. The paved trail is suitable for young and old alike, but make sure you keep an eye on children who may want to leave the safety of the trail, especially where a well-worn path leads to slippery rocks above the falls. During the height of the season, plan a visit to the area on a weekday in order to escape the crowds." Read more
Hiking Northern California (Falcon Guides)
Bubba Suess
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"The hike to Frazier Falls is an easy walk through pleasant forest and rugged rocks that leads to an overlook above one of the tallest waterfalls in the northern Sierra Nevada. Frazier Falls is one of the highlights of the Lakes Basin Recreation Area. Interestingly, it is one of the few trails in the basin that does not lead to a lake. Instead, the short hike gives waterfall lovers a chance to enjoy the cataract crashing 175 feet off a sheer cliff composed of metamorphic rock. It is one of the taller waterfalls in the northern Sierra Nevada. Even better, it is one of the most easily accessible waterfalls in the area." Read more

Frazier Falls Reviews

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Very short, paved and easy trail. Handicap accessible too. The waterfall was flowing very strong and was very beautiful. The views are worth the time.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Trail Type
Skill Level
1-1.5 hours
Plumas National Forest, Beckwourth Ranger District, 23 Mohawk Rd., PO Box 7, Blairsden, CA 96103; (530) 836-2575;
Local Contacts
USGS Gold Lake CA; Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fsm9_034853.pdf
Local Maps

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Dec 2018