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Kings Creek Falls

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travelerfromsj wrote a review Oct 2020
San Jose, California1,565 contributions576 helpful votes
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This is a 2.4 mile out and back trail that leads to a pretty waterfall. The only parking for the trailhead is along the side of the road, and it tends to fill up, so try to come early or on a weekday. The closest toilets are at Kings Creek Picnic area, about 1 mile way. The trail starts off flat and easy, but then starts heading sharply downhill; it’s quite slippery in this portion, and a hiking stick definitely comes in handy. Along the way you pass the lovely Kings Creek and some mountain views that were unfortunately hazy when we were there because of the wild fires. The trail ends at a wooden deck overlooking a pretty but not overwhelming waterfall. On the way back we took the stone staircase, a one-way detour that climbs up alongside King’s Creek, just completed and reopened in the last month or so. This is definitely the highlight of this hike. The creek plunging down is more like a series of waterfalls or cascades, and it’s just beautiful, although walking up the staircase next to it was very tiring at altitude, and we needed to take more than a few breaks. Overall this hike is more difficult then Bumpass Hell, but it’s definitely worth it.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Alilu007 wrote a review Sep 2020
Menlo Park, California276 contributions145 helpful votes
This was my favorite hike (over Lassen Peak) because there were a lot of diverse landscapes – forested woods, rocky areas, and open meadows. The rolling hills also made it a bit more interesting, instead of a ton of switchbacks that only went up hill. In addition, the loop nature of the hike is better than just an out-and-back. If you have two groups going at different paces, the fast group can break off to Sifford Lake (which does have water), and then meet back up with the group who is continuing the loop. The map at the trailhead says that this loop takes 5-7 hours, however, we did it in about 3. This being said, it’s not an easy trail, and there are some uphill parts that require a bit of effort. Temper expectations in the summer: Bench Lake was dry, but Sifford Lake had water.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Swelll wrote a review Sep 2020
Melbourne, Australia115 contributions36 helpful votes
Really entertaining hike down to the falls. not too long. easy to turnaround in 60- 90 mins. As you climba back the falls are a lot longer than the photos that just show the bottom. So its a reasonable effort to return back up. make sure you have a snack at the bottom to both enjoy the time there as well as have energy to come back up.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Jeremiah Z wrote a review Jul 2020
Hudson, Wisconsin1,897 contributions104 helpful votes
We really enjoyed hiking to Kings Creek Falls as the falls are quite beautiful. The one-way loop just before you reach the falls allows you to see long-stretching views heading towards the falls and to hike the steep section along the Upper Cascades on your return. We thought the Upper Cascades were just as impressive as the falls were themselves. It almost looked like a natural waterslide (which wouldn't end well at the falls, of course)! It's understandable why this is one of the busiest hikes in Lassen. On a Saturday mid-day we had to park a half mile down the road to reach the trailhead. Definitely a must do if you're visiting the park.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Elizabeth L wrote a review Sep 2019
Lompoc, California34 contributions28 helpful votes
The ranger suggested this hike as moderate. Well, it was certainly not easy. Be prepared for slippery trails going down hill. It’s steep with lots of gravel to lose your footing. The falls are pretty but not as nice as other falls in this area of California., such as Burney Falls. The hike back was by way of steps carved into the rock. Take into consideration altitude sickness, as I found I was totally out of breath a lot. Probably wouldn’t do it again.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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