McArthur-Burney Falls

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Visited: July 22, 2012 & November 29, 2015

Description: One of the most beautiful waterfalls in Northern California

Length: 150 feet to 1.2 mile loop

Elevation: 200 feet

Duration: 1 hour

Hours: Sunrise to sunset

Difficulty: Easy

Terrain: Maintained dirt trail

Parking: Lot: $8 parking fee

Pets: Dogs are allowed on leash from the overlook at the top of the falls but are NOT ALLOWED near the falls 😥

Best time to go: Anytime

Bring: Camera

McArthur-Burney Falls is an absolutely breath-taking waterfall in Northern California. It’s not hard to see why Teddy Roosevelt called these falls the “eight wonder of the world.” The best thing about Burney Falls is how easily accessible it is! Even though the HikeSnobs prefer an arduous and strenuous trek to the final destination, we were glad to have a short hike after a long weekend of exploring.

After parking in the lot, we headed towards the falls. The beginning of the trail splits into two.


If you make a left, you’ll reach the falls overlook, just 150 feet away. Here you can catch a glimpse of the beautiful falls from above.


We spent some time admiring the falls from a distance but we were ready to see the falls up close. We followed the other 0.3 mile trail to the right that led us to the base of the falls. The closer we got, the louder the waters roared. We were able to catch the views of the falls most of the way down.


We were excited to see the falls up close and personal! They were just as beautiful, if not more, as the photos we have seen. As amazing as all the other waterfalls we have seen on this trip were, Burney Falls was the most grand and majestic.


Holding on to each other for support, we inched our way closer over the slippery rocks. We could feel the light mist of the water on our faces. This is what heaven feels like for HikeSnobs.


There is a trail that takes you around the waterfall but we decided against it. From Linda’s first trip to the falls in 2012, she did the trail and didn’t think it was worth it. We just wanted to enjoy the beauty right in front of our faces.

Despite the cold temperatures, we spent a lot of time at Burney. Being the last waterfall of our Thanksgiving adventure, we didn’t want our trip to end. All good things must come to an end… back to reality we all must go.

@HikeSnobs Tips:

  • Swimming is not recommended but you can do it!

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7 thoughts on “McArthur-Burney Falls

  1. Pingback: Mossbrae Falls
  2. First thing love your blog , sadly the only falls around here is rainfall. Never seems to stop. Also thanks for the like on my blog and look forward reading about your wanderings.
    Happy Hiking take care.



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