Kings Creek Falls

Mineral, California 96061

Kings Creek Falls

Kings Creek Falls Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"After tumbling down a steepening gorge, Kings Creek streaks over a vertical cliff and plummets into a hidden creek bed. The premier waterfall in a spectacular, often overlooked national park, Kings Creek Falls is a cooling interlude amid a fury of volcanism. Lassen Peak looms overhead and out of sight, but on the narrow ledge above the waterfall, with a thin wire railing guarding the daring vantage point, it’s water, not fire, that invigorates the senses.

A hike to the fall begins with a pleasant meander along the edge of the Lower Meadow, with a gentler incarnation of Kings Creek winding through it. A brief hitch through red firs leads to a trail fork near the east edge of the meadow. Go left
(northeast) on the signed trail to Kings Creek Falls; the right (southeast) trail leads to Sifford Lake."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Lassen Volcanic National Park (Wilderness Press)
Mike White
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"It’s exhilarating to visit Kings Creek Falls when the creek is swollen with snowmelt, as a riotous display of whitewater careens hell-bent down a narrow and steep chasm of rock, and the thunderous waterfall drops 50 feet in full force. The trail places hikers in prime locations for viewing the watery splendor, right alongside the cascades and at the brink of the falls—parents with small children will need to keep an eye on their progeny at all times. A short overlook trail o?ers additional views of the cascades, as well as more distant vistas. The trail descends all the way from the trailhead to the falls and, although the path is short, the section along the cascades is quite steep. Improvements to the falls overlook completed in 2015 greatly enhance the visitor experience."
Lassen Volcanic National Park (Wilderness Press)
Mike White
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"This trip is the long way to picturesque Kings Creek Falls, but you won’t have to contend with the crowds on this route, at least until you reach the falls. The other benefit to this route is that the steep climbing is done during the first half of the journey, which makes the return all downhill—exactly opposite of the more popular, 1.2-mile trail from the Kings Creek Trailhead. A 2.25-mile extension provides an opportunity to see Kings Creek Cascades and Lower Kings Creek Meadow, and to reach the Sifford Lakes trail junction, from which you could extend the trip even farther to visit the Sifford Lakes."

Kings Creek Falls Trip Reports

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Do the horse trail going in and the "steps" trail going out. It's a bit strenuous humping up the short, steep fetch of the "steps" but it's MUCH better to do it going up than clambering down. Going up you can pay much more attention to --and enjoy -- the dramatic cascades on your left. If you were going down you'd be concentrating mostly on where to put your feet.
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Trail Information

Mineral
Nearby City
3
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
4-6 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Waterfalls
Features
Lassen Volcanic National Park, PO Box 100, Mineral, CA 96063; (530) 5954480; www.nps.gov/lavo
Local Contacts
USGS Reading Peak CA; Lassen Volcanic National Park map
Local Maps