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Pacific Crest Trail: Northern California
by Jeffrey P. Schaffer (Wilderness Press)
If you’ve just finished hiking Section N, you’ll know where to find the Pacific Crest Trail. If you’re just starting your hike north in Section O, then head over to the McArthur–Burney Falls Memorial State Park’s entrance station. The main road goes past a nearby store to a large parking lot and the start of the Burney Falls Nature Trail. You branch left at the entrance station and go down to a small parking area just west of the station. The nature trail ends here, and on it you immediately cross a bridge. Before you can say “McArthur– Burney Falls Memorial State Park,” you reach a junction and climb a few yards west over to an intersection with the broad Pacific Crest Trail. A westbound trail from here goes 140 yards over to a small parking area on Clark Creek Road. If you’re driving northwest along this road, look for this parking area 1.8 miles after you leave Highway 89.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Redding, California
by Montana Hodges (Falcon Guides)
Edging the eastern bulge of the Cascade Range is this prizeworthy state park, home to the grandest of all waterfall hikes. Once deemed a wonder of the world by President Theodore Roosevelt, the positively picturesque Burney Falls humbles every visitor to set foot on its breezy loop trail. The short route is accessible year-round and swarms with visitors in the popular summer season. Whether the mecca is bustling with activity or abandoned in the icy wind, it is impossible not to be enchanted by the falls.
Day & Section Hikes Pacific Crest Trail: Northern California
by Wendy Lautner (Wilderness Press)
This easy but scenic hike is a great leg stretcher early in the hiking season, when many of the Pacific Crest Trail’s other sections are under snow. At just under 3,000 feet for the entire length of the hike, this area comes alive in springtime with birdsong and blossoms. The falls are a wonder to behold as well.
Hike America: Northern California
by Dan Brett (The Globe Pequot Press)
Leave the majority of tourists behind at Burney Falls—famous as one the most beautiful falls in California—and continue hiking down through ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, and incense cedar to the shores of Lake Britton. Along the way, the trail passes a chalk bluff formed of diatomaceous earth. The crumbly substance grinds down into a powder that is effective at combating garden pests. Terrain: Mostly dirt path, with some gravel and paved walkway, through pine forests and riparian vegetation, and along chalky bluffs.
Lassen Volcanic National Park
by Mike White (Wilderness Press)
This fine loop hits most of the highlights of McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park: the watery drama of Burney Falls, the beauty of Lake Britton, the shady riparian habitat along Burney Creek, and the more arid environment along the rim of the creek’s canyon.
101 Hikes in Northern California: Exploring Mountains, Valleys, and Seashore
by Matt Heid (Wilderness Press)
Picture a volcanic cliff 129 feet high. Over its lip, twin waterfalls cascade into an iridescent pool. Springs gush from its face, showering lush vegetation with spray while birds dart through rainbow refractions of light. This is Burney Falls.
100 Classic Hikes in Northern California
by John R. Soares & Marc J. Soares (The Mountaineers Books)
This state park offers an easy family hike year-round. Burney Falls is breathtaking, and everyone enjoys Burney Creek’s lush coolness and the soothing sound of wind through the pine and fir. Hot day? Spend a few minutes immersed in the chill mist created by the thunder of Burney Falls pounding an ice-blue pool.
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.
This is a beautiful paved trail, very easy to follow with outstanding views of the burney falls. Even though dogs are allowed in the park, they are not allowed on this 1.2 mile loop.
If you ever get within 100 miles of Burney California make an effort to see Burney Falls. Follow the trail to the base of the falls with the other tourists then continue on to Lake Britton on a well maintained trail to cool your heals in the refreshing waters. An easy hike and very scenic but if you are looking forward to getting away from crowds dont look for that here. There is a spur trail to the Pacific Crest Trail from the top of the upper falls loop that is so short you might as well go and take a picture of the sign that tells you its over 1,200 miles to either Canada or Mexico from that spot.
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