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McCloud River Waterfalls

Easy

Trail

4.1 mile 6.5 kilometer out and back
97% Runnable
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 302' 92 m
Descent: -302' -92 m
High: 3,503' 1,068 m
Low: 3,239' 987 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 15% (9°)

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Trail shared by Dawn Westrum

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Three amazing waterfalls, a campground, swimming hole, and the sounds of a roaring creek make this run a real treat!

Dawn Westrum

Features River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Waterfall

Overview

There are three fantastic waterfalls on this short, easy run along the McCloud River. The trail is partially paved, but mostly singletrack. There are parking places near both ends of the run and an overlook near each waterfall, so it's possible to do the run in any direction. The Middle and Lower Falls have swimming holes, which feel wonderful on a hot day. The trail continues past the Upper Falls for quite a few more miles if you want to run further.

Runner Notes

This is a very runnable and mostly shaded trail, but it's very popular so you might have to navigate the crowds.

Description

Starting from the lower parking area, follow the trail along the banks of the McCloud River through scenic forest. Eventually, the trail will begin to climb in earnest as it passes the Lower, Middle, and Upper Falls and affords you fantastic views of the water.

Flora & Fauna

Ferns and forest abound on this run.

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Middle Falls McCloud River.
Jul 16, 2017 near McCloud, CA
Upper Falls McCloud River
Jul 16, 2017 near McCloud, CA
Lower Falls McCloud River
Jul 16, 2017 near McCloud, CA

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