[Update October 2020: The portions of the Plumas National Forest affected by North Complex Fire, in which Feather Falls is located, will be closed to hiking, hunting, camping, and fishing through 2021 due to ongoing recovery efforts]
Those exploring the various waterfalls in Northern California or Northern California hiking trails should put Feather Falls at the top of their to-visit list.
A Yosemite-style waterfall without the crowds, this 410-foot drop is an impressive display of nature’s grandeur in a dramatic Sierra Nevada setting. Hike 7-9 miles (depending on which trail you choose) through beautiful mountain scenery to reach two dramatic waterfall lookouts. During certain times of year, keep your eyes open for millions of migrating ladybugs at Frey Creek. Hikers can take in the falls from the lookout, or hike to the top for a dramatic view and access to beautiful Fall River that feeds the falls.
One visit to this Butte County favorite will make it clear why it's one of the California's best waterfalls.
Leaving from Oroville at Oro-Dam Blvd. and Highway 70:
- Turn Right at Oro-Quincy Highway (Hwy 162) and drive for 7.3 miles
- Turn Right at Forbestown Rd. and drive for 5.1 miles
- Turn Left at Lumpkin Rd. and drive for 10.5 miles
- Turn Left at 21N35Y; the trailhead will be 1 mile ahead