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9 Breathtaking and Easy To See Waterfalls of Northern California

Being born and raised in Northern parts of CA has come with some awesome perks. I am surrounded with such natural beauty all around. You really can spend countless months exploring landscape. But on the top of my list is waterfalls in Northern California.

Now, let me throw this out there. I’m not some intense experienced hiker. I am just your average girl who wants to see beautiful things and I am willing to do a little work to get there.

As in 3-5 miles of work, not 30 miles of scaling up Mount Shasta while munching on some tree bark so I stay alive. Homegirl is not cut out for that.

There is a good chunk of these falls that I have actually gone too and some I hope to explore soon. If I had to boil it down the two must-sees would be Burney Falls and Mossbrae Falls.

So, let’s take a look at these easy to moderate hikes to waterfalls in beautiful Northern California.

special note* if you would like more information on one or more of these falls. All you have to do is click on the location and it will take you to a page where you can get more details on directions and the hike

Waterfalls in Northern California

Burney Falls
Teddy Roosevelt described said, that Burney Falls as the “eighth wonder of the world.”
Location: 24898 Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway, Burney, CA 96013
Difficulty: Easy
Miles: 1.3 Miles to the base

Waterfalls in Northern California King Creek Falls
King Creek Falls: Photo by Flickr user Bill Ward –

King Creek Falls
Location: Lassen Volcanic National Park
Difficulty: Easy
Miles: 1.1 Miles (check to see if they no longer have the detour. The detour is harder and a bit longer)

Waterfalls of northern california potem falls
Potem Falls: Photo by Flickr user Ruben Garciajr Photography –

Potem Falls
Location: Shasta-Trinity National Forest in the Pit 7 reservoir area of Lake Shasta
Difficulty: Easy
Miles: .25 Miles

Waterfalls in Northern California Boulder Creek Falls
Boulder Creek Falls: Photo by Flickr user David Weekly – 

Boulder Creek Falls
Location: Whiskeytown (Whiskeytown Lake has many waterfalls to explore!)
Difficulty: Moderate
Miles: 1 mile

Waterfalls in Northern California Mossbrae Falls
Mossbrae Falls: Photo by Flickr user Steven Bratman –

Mossbrae Falls
Location: Dunsmuir, Ca
Difficulty: Easy
Miles: 1 Mile

Waterfalls in Northern California McCould Falls
McCloud Falls: Photo by Flickr user London Road–

Middle McCloud Falls
Location: McCloud, Ca 
Difficulty: Easy (lower, and middle) Moderate (upper)
Miles: 3.8 miles round trip (lower, middle and upper falls)

Waterfalls in Northern California Hedge Creek Falls
Hedge Creek Falls- Photo Taken By Me!

Hedge Creek Falls (you can actually walk behind the waterfall)
Location: Dunsmuir, Ca 
Difficulty: Easy
Miles: 0.7 Miles

waterfalls of northern california crystal creek falls
Crystal Creek Falls: Photo by Flickr user rubengarciajrphotography–

Crystal Creek Falls
Difficulty: Easy
Miles: .33 mile

Waterfalls in Northern California - Brandy Creek Falls
Brandy Creek Falls: Photo by Flickr user rubengarciajrphotography–

Brandy Creek Falls
Location: Whiskeytown 
Difficulty: Moderate
Miles: 3 Miles

If you are living in or visiting Northern California area (check out what to see in San Francisco here!). I really would encourage you to take advantage of these incredible waterfalls. Some will take your breath away and you will create awesome memories!

Please share below some waterfalls you would LOVE to see. One of my waterfall bucket lists is Multnomah Falls near Portland Oregon.

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Friday 30th of June 2017

Redding is so AWESOME! Love the falls! but not the homeless problem.

Agness of Fit Travelling

Tuesday 30th of May 2017

These waterfalls are really breathtaking! I would love to visit each one of them! Great post!


Monday 22nd of May 2017

Good job, Melissa!

Melissa Tumino

Thursday 25th of May 2017

Thanks, Ron! I hope you enjoy some waterfalls this year. :)