Hiking Kings Creek Falls Trail

Kings Creek falls

Start: Kings Creek Falls Trailhead
Round Trip Distance: 2.3 miles loop
Round Trip Time: 2 hours
Terrain: Gradual 700 foot descent along Upper Cascades section; steep, narrow stone staircase for one-way, uphill return via Cascades Foot Trail.
Elevation: 7300 feet
Notes: The Cascades Foot Trail is not passable by stock

View or download the Kings Creek Falls Trail Guide (pdf, 3.4MB)


The Trail

This three-mile loop trail provides expansive vistas, a waterfall overlook, and a climb up a creekside staircase. The first half mile passes along Lower Kings Creek Meadow. The loop then begins to the left (clockwise) along the Upper Cascades section, which steadily descends towards Kings Creek Falls. A fenced overlook provides a clear view of the 30-foot falls and is an excellent spot for a picnic. The loop then returns to the trailhead via the Cascades Foot Trail (not passable by stock), which is a steep, narrow stone staircase. Hikers may also return on the Upper Cascades Trail (stock users must use this route). Hiking boots are highly recommended for both routes as the trails are rocky and mud and snow often persists well into summer.

The Scenery

The Kings Creek Falls trail leads to a large roaring waterfall draped in ferns and other green plants which thrive off the mist generated by the falls. Depending on the time of year you hike to the falls you may see Fawn Lilies or Satin-leaf Lupines in full bloom. As you get closer to the falls notice the deep bending of many of the large California Red Firs (see gallery below). Due to its elevation the Kings Creek Falls trail can be covered in 15 feet or more of snow in the winter, the immense weight of this snowpack bends the trees as they grow upwards towards the sun. As this snow melts the abundance of water in the area supports many difference species of plants and animals. The Kings Creek Trail is a great area to catch a glimpse of Lassen's various wildlife such as Clark's Nutcrackers and mule deer.

Last updated: August 7, 2020

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