Burney Falls : Northern California

Beautiful Burney Falls exist here in California with about a 4-hour drive from Sacramento. I saw it for the first time during my first adventure this year with @hikeandshoot and @goodinc.  It’s part of the McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park.  This state park is located past Redding in the Cascade Range and Modoc Plateau natural region of California and its a whopping 129-feet according to California Department of Parks and Recreation.  It was pretty awesome to see early in the year!

Burney FallsYou will have to pay for your park use when you arrive unless you have the appropriate pass, but there is a parking area. As far as a crowd, that will always depend on the time of year, time of day, and whether or not they have any events going on.  When we first arrived on the morning of this day, I don’t recall anyone else being there.  Drizzling and cold, it was awesome!!!

There was an obvious paved path from the parking lot.  To the left you can view the falls from a high overlook and to the right you can start the trail down.  I began with the top overlook and took a few slow shutter speed shots before heading down the trail.

The trail down is steep, includes some stairs and some hand rails.  You’ll get some nice views on the way down to the bottom, plus there is another overlook that’s not as high as from the top.  I had no problems hiking down, but I will admit that on the way back I did stop to rest a little.

I didn’t really get any images from below because I wasn’t prepared on how I was going to combat all the water spray onto my lens. I also learned that I should use waterproof mascara or not wear any if I plan on trying to photograph a waterfall with so much water spray, LOL! I hope to get back there later in the year to see the difference in seasons.

While at the Mcarthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, I saw there were cabins available for rent and campground area. You can see the benches in the background behind these two extremely talented creatives @abelinsane and @cyndalmckay.

This would be a great place to bring kids to camp, hike and just enjoy exploring the area.