and others that will take a bit of effort to get to.
Some waterfalls are year round and some are going to be seasonable. It is important to understand the best time for viewing these scenic waterfalls. Generally, you will have good flow during the spring runoff or just after a decent rain.
Some falls are seasonal in that they will be dry during our hot summer months. I'm listing here a couple of falls that I have found to be special, or interesting.
The Graphic above shows McWay Falls at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in Big Sur, CA,. This is an 80 feet fall and is only a half mile walk round trip. This is a year round hike and is considered to be easy. This fall can be found 37 miles south of Carmel, CA, on Hwy one at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Simply follow the Waterfall Overlook Trail. Parking is available.
Everyone knows about Yosemite Park and the many wonderful falls (Yosemite Falls, Bridalveil Fall, Nevada Falls, Ribbon Fall, Horsetail Falls and the Illilouette Fall) that are located there. But what about the rest of Northern California?
Of A Scenic Waterfall
Right at the top of the list would be the Feather Falls. This fall is located in Northern California on the Feather River just northeast of Lake Oroville. This is a year round fall. Early spring can bring spectacular amounts of flow over these whitewater falls.
After dinking around on this hike, I can easily put in over 10 miles of hiking. That is enough for one day. I recommend this hike only because of the beauty in the walk and the dynamic action of the waterfalls.
Hiking this trail in the early spring will also showcase the spring blooming season. The new growth that occurs every spring is, in itself, worth the hike through this virgin forest.
It works like this... the northern path is an old Indian path. It has been there for a long time. The first two miles drops off pretty quick. I'm not sure just how much, but it is enough.
This path also has a tendency to go up an down the hills... so you don't spend a lot of time walking on level ground. It can also become very wet when it is raining or if it has just rained.
The southern path, however, is a "new" path. This has been referred to as the "white man's path" because it wasn't traditionally used by the Native Americans. It is somewhat level, and it has benches.
Like I said, you can reverse out the path direction. It makes it very easy to get to the falls. Just be sure to save enough grunt to get back up that last two miles of hill.
Unfortunately, most full service RV parks or campgrounds are about an hour away. Bidwell Campground, located on Lake Oroville, would be a good example. This is a good site where you are able camp right on Lake Oroville with hook-ups. There is also a shore-side marina with boat rentals. The phone number for this park is (530)538-2200.
To get to the Feather Falls trailhead, depart Oroville on Hwy 162 E.
View Feather Falls in a larger map
The Lake Clementine dam was built in 1938 to control sediment that was a by-product of hydraulic mining. But, with typical government efficiency, two years after it was completed, this type of mining was discontinued by the State of California.
Oh well! It worked out okay because this little lake and dam is now used 100% for recreational purposes. There are good boating and fishing as well as hiking in the area.
This is a very easy waterfall to get to. You can drive right up to it. If you would prefer, you can take the 4 mile round trip hike to this dam.
To get to Clementine Dam, depart Hwy 80 in Auburn at Foresthill Rd.
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The Manzanita Day Use Area Is A Good Place To Sit And Watch The Wind
Another View From The Joshua M. Hardt Memorial Trail... Morning and Evening Are The Best Times To Hike This Trail. The Still Reflections Will Capture Your Attention
You May Want To Bring A Camera... There Are Large Birds Of Prey High In The Ski