Burney Falls Northern California: Hiking to the Waterfall

Burney Falls Northern California: Hiking to the Waterfall


Hi guys I’m Amber and today we’re going
to be exploring Burney Falls. Burney Falls is located about 60 miles
northeast of Redding right outside the small town of Burney California. We just
got to Burney California and we’re gonna head up to Burney Falls. As we headed
into Burney we stopped at this painting on the side
of a building right as you enter town. After you get to Burney California you
will keep driving through town until you get to California 89. Then you will
turn left. Continue down California 89 for about five miles until you see the
McArthur Burney Falls State Park entrance on the left. As you pull into
the park you will stop at a pay station where you can pay to park. When we went it was $10 for day parking. Also dogs are allowed in the park but not on the trail that goes down to the falls. So you might want to leave your dog at home. Keep
going straight after the pay station and you will see a parking lot on the left.
There’s also additional parking if you go down the road to the left of the
parking lot. Make sure you try and get there early because the park fills up
fast in the summer. They will even close down parking temporarily if it gets too
full. The trailhead is right next to the parking area. So right here at the front
if you go to the right down here it will take you right down to Burney Falls and
if you go over here to the left it takes you to a little lookout area but then
you can also go around and go to the falls so either way you go is fine.
We started by first checking out the lookout point to the left it was a
perfect spot for photos and a great view of Burney Falls. The hike down to the
base is more of a paved pathway with sections of stairs and railing almost
all the way down. It is a very easy walk down and it’s
just 0.3 miles so only takes a couple of minutes. I even
spotted a cute little squirrel on the way down the trail. The trail down is really nice
and has lots of plaques with information about Burney Falls. After the sitting
area you can start to see the waterfall through the trees. The waterfall itself
is 129 feet and comes from underground springs above the Falls, formed by
ancient lava flow then the water flows out into nearby at Lake Britton. Ok guys we made it to Burney Falls and its nice and cool down here. There is a little bit of a breeze from the falls and mist. I was so surprise about how blue the water was. There was another little
seating spot before the last section of the trail where you can actually walk
down to the Falls. The trail that leads down to the water is a bit steep and
rocky so just make sure that you bring good shoes. Be careful down by the water because the rocks are really slippery. When you are right under the falls you
can feel the mist it was so nice since we went on a hot summer day. Swimming in the falls is discouraged and the water was very cold. It averages about 48 degrees. We talked to a park ranger and he said that the
water is so clear because it flows through underground springs it doesn’t
really get dirty or muddy and comes out of the false pristine and clear. We spent
a few more minutes and enjoyed the Falls and then we hiked back up from the rocks back to the main trail. If you continue to the very end of the trail there is a
nice viewing spot of the Falls and creeks below. This is also the start of
the 1.3 mile loop trail that wraps along the outer edge of the falls. So we made it to the base of Burney Falls and this is the Falls Trail Loop. We don’t have time to walk the loop because we have to get back to town so we are going to heard back up the trail. The Falls were beautiful but really the entirearea of MacArthur Burney Falls State Park was so pretty there were pine trees and shrubs along the trail. On the way
back up we found another little squirrel The walk back up was harder than going
down but overall it was an easy trail. When you get back to the parking area
there are tons of picnic benches for a quick lunch. If you want to stay the
night Burney Falls has an excellent campground with 128 sites, restrooms,
showers and even cabin rentals. There is also a visitor center and a general
store which includes a gift shop and a place to rent lake toys to enjoy lake
Britton which is right below the campground.
Thank you for exploring Burney Falls with us today.

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