Burney Creek Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"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."
--Jeffrey P. Schaffer, Pacific Crest Trail: Northern California (Wilderness Press).
"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."
--Montana Hodges, Best Easy Day Hikes: Redding, California (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Wendy Lautner, Day & Section Hikes Pacific Crest Trail: Northern California (Wilderness 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."
--Dan Brett, Hike America: Northern California (The Globe Pequot 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."
--Mike White, Lassen Volcanic National Park (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."
--Matt Heid, 101 Hikes in Northern California: Exploring Mountains, Valleys, and Seashore (Wilderness Press).
"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."
--John R. Soares & Marc J. Soares, 100 Classic Hikes in Northern California (The Mountaineers Books).
"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."
--Tracy Salcedo-Chourré, Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California (Falcon Guides).
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