Feather Falls

The Feather Falls National Recreation Trail is the most popular trail on the Plumas National Forest, Feather River Ranger District. The trail and trailhead provide wonderful day hiking and camping opportunities within a short drive of nearby urban areas. For more information about the trail, call the Feather River Ranger District office at 530.534.6500 or visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/plumas.

photo: Along the Feather Falls Trail - photo by Leasha Hooker Type: Backcountry
Equestrian Trail
Mountain Bike Trail
Length: 9.00 miles
Loop Trail? Yes
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement), Bicycling (off pavement), Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running, Roller/Inline Skating, Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Agency: Nonprofit
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: In Plumas National Forest, Feather River Ranger District, northeast of Oroville, California.
States: California
Counties: Plumas
Latitude: 39.61433   Longitude: -121.26667

From Highway 70 is Oroville, take the Oroville Dam Blvd. Exit (Highway 162) East, and drive 1.6 miles to Olive Highway/Highway 162. Turn right and drive for 6.5 miles on Highway 162. Turn right on Forbestown Road and drive 6 miles. Turn left on Lumpkin Road and drive 10.8 miles. Turn left at the sign for the Feather Falls Trail and drive 1.6 miles to the trailhead.

Description

Don’t leave your camera behind! Feather Falls National Recreation Trail offers incredible views of Bald Rock Dome, Bald Rock Canyon, and the 640-foot Feather Falls.

There are two options to reach the overlook at Feather Falls.

At 1/3 mile past the trailhead, the trail diverges. For the more experienced hiker, take the steep 3.3 mile path to the west, which features about two miles of uphill grade.

The gently sloping 4.5 mile path to the east is ideal for the inexperienced hiker.

The two trails converge approximately 1/2 mile before reaching the Feather Falls observation deck.

Allow a minimum of four to five hours to hike the nine-mile loop. Take plenty of water. Restrooms and non-potable water are available at the trailhead near the parking area, but bring drinking water or a water purifier for the hike. Safety fences near Feather Falls are there for your protection; do not climb over them. The trail is located in a remote area; bring a first aid kit. Poison oak, ticks, bears, and other wildlife are common in the area; be aware and be prepared.

Additional Details

Width: 24 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: None
Average Grade: 12%
Elevation Low Point: 1,600
Elevation High Point: 2,500
Year Designated: 1978

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Mary Sullivan
Public Service Staff Officer
Plumas National Forest
Plumas National Forest
Feather River Ranger District
875 Mitchell Avenue
Oroville , CA 95965
(530) 534-6500
mcsullivan@fs.fed.us
https://www.fs.usda.gov/plumas

Trail Management:
Michelle Ahearn
Assistant Resource Officer
Plumas National Forest
Plumas National Forest
Feather River Ranger District
875 Mitchell Avenue
Oroville , CA 95965
(530) 534-6500
mahearn02@fs.fed.us
https://www.fs.usda.gov/plumas

 

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