For all waterfall lovers in the state of California, McArthur-Burney Falls is a must see. Once described by Teddy Roosevelt as the eighth wonder of the world, this 129 ft waterfall is unlike any other in the Cascade Region.
Distance: 1.3mi or a 2.4mi loop
Difficulty Level: easy
Approximate Time: 30-45 minutes
Pet friendly: no
Crowd levels: High
Best season to go? Any- the waterfall is at high flow year round
What to bring?
1. $8.00: there is a fee to get into the park
2. Camera: you will want to capture what is perhaps the most beautiful waterfall in Northern California
3. Water: as always, stay hydrated, even on short hikes like this one
4. Optional camping gear: there are campsites and cabins in the park, which you may want to stay at for the weekend.
What you will see:
1. As stated above, there are campsites and cabins in the park. You may want to reserve your spot ahead of time as this is a popular destination being just a couple miles from the waterfall; reservations can be made through reserveamerica.com.
2. Vivid hues, this waterfall has pristine water echoing colors of a glacier.
3. Two neat bridges to cross and pose for photos while hiking around the loop.
4. The massive, jaw-dropping McArthur-Burney Falls; I'm not kidding when I say massive, this waterfall was worth the long drive and the $8.00, I promise you won't regret it if you visit.
How to get there?
Heading North on Hwy 89 exiting the small town of Burney, drive just six miles and take a left onto Lake Road. After entering through the payment booth, park anywhere available and follow the ample signs to the loop or head straight down to the falls.