"On the western flanks of the northern Sierra Nevada, Feather Falls Scenic Area protects 15,000 acres of diverse forest and lush scenery. Its highlight is a spectacular overlook of Feather Falls dropping 640 feet down a sheer cliff face.
An unusual range of forest diversity provides a secondary bonus; more than 180 species of flowers, 17 species of trees, 20 shrubs, 11 vines, and 10 ferns have all been identified along this hike." Read more
"This hike offers a smorgasbord of natural delights. You’ll walk through tall stands of incense cedar and ponderosa pine, along streams shaded by bigleaf maple and dogwood, and past a multitude of spring and early summer wildflowers to Feather Falls, where the clear waters of Fall River drop 640 feet into a granitic gorge. Feather Falls’ 640-foot drop makes it the sixth highest waterfall in the United States." Read more
"On some hikes the journey is as much a highlight as the destination. This is not one of those hikes. Although the trail is relatively undistinguishable with a run-of-the mill mix of deciduous and coniferous woodland, it’s easy on your dog’s paws. And what dog doesn’t love to have his senses flooded with new smells? He won’t be impressed by the waterfall or one of the best waterfall- viewing decks in the country, but you will. The Feather Falls National Recreation Trail gives you the opportunity to enjoy this stunning 620-foot waterfall from a unique perspective, thanks to a daring deck design with the added bonus of sharing the experience with your dog." Read more
"The road to the falls is narrow, steep, and winding and the hike is long, but the payoff for this journey is huge. As you and your dog rest at the falls’ dramatic vista point, you’ll be awestruck at the images and sounds of huge sheets of white water cascading off the sheer cliff face." Read more
"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." Read more
"Feather Falls is one of the great waterfalls of California. The loop hike to the falls features lush foothill forests, large creeks, and views of the Middle Fork of the Feather River’s deep canyon crowned by Bald Rock Dome. The highlight is awesome Feather Falls, thundering hundreds of feet down a sheer cliff. The foothills of the Sierra Nevada are generally not known for spectacle and grandeur, descriptives usually saved for the range’s magnificent high country. Feather Falls may be the most spectacular destination in all of the foothills. Indeed, it is one of the few waterfalls in California, or anywhere else in the United States, that can stand shoulder to shoulder with the waterfalls of Yosemite. Plunging 410 feet down a vertical cliff, it is an incredible and humbling sight. Yet for all their beauty, the falls are only part of the charm of this excellent hike in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Peaceful forests surround crashing creeks and part sporadically to produce great views of the Feather River, its deep canyon, and prominent Bald Rock Dome." Read more