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Feather Falls Trail

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.

photo: Along the Feather Falls Trail - photo by Leasha Hooker

Length: 9.00 miles
Loop Trail? Yes
Type: Backcountry, Equestrian Trail, Mountain Bike Trail
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (off pavement)
Equestrian - Riding
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running

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

Driving Directions

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.


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%
Maximum Grade: 20%
Elevation Low Point: 1,600
Elevation High Point: 2,500
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: USFS Trail Details

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
Feather River Ranger District
875 Mitchell Avenue
Oroville, CA 95965
(530) 534-6500
[email protected]

Trail Management:
Michelle Ahearn
Assistant Resource Officer
Plumas National Forest
Feather River Ranger District
875 Mitchell Avenue
Oroville, CA 95965
(530) 534-6500
[email protected]



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