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McCloud Falls (lower, middle, upper)

McCloud Falls (lower, middle, upper)

Three waterfalls have formed where the river has encountered tough, erosion-resistant bands of basalt. Each of these waterfalls has a distinctive personality, adding a great deal of character to an already attractive river. Though the McCloud River itself is beautiful, it is the trio of waterfalls that set the McCloud River Falls Trail apart from other trails in the Mount Shasta area. Other hikes in the region lead to waterfalls but while most provide scenic vistas of tumbling cataracts (certainly a worthy destination) no trail offers the volume of falling water, nor the up-close and intimate exposure to the waterfalls that is had by hiking the McCloud River Falls Trail.

Category: Easy

Distance: 1.5 miles (3 miles roundtrip)

Elevation Gain: 390 feet

Route Type: Out and Back

Directions: From 1-5 N, follow to CA-89 S/Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway in Siskiyou County. Take exit 736. Follow CA-89 S/Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway for 16.5 miles to Fowler Public Camp Rd. Trailhead should be on the left.

Highlights: Gorgeous views of McCloud Falls, easily accessibly for all levels of hiking

Photo Credit: Hike Mt. Shasta – McCloud River Falls Trail (Bubba Suess)


Fowler Public Camp Rd,
McCloud, CA 96057
(530) 926-4511 (Mount Shasta Ranger Station)

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