Feather Falls Trail - Trail, Oroville, California

Feather Falls Trail - Trail, Oroville, California

DESCRIPTION

Single track walking and mtb trail

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 17, 2008]
2xr
Cross Country Rider

Excellent trail that treats you to a wonderful view of the 6th tallest waterfall in the US. Rolling singletrack/doubletrack. Well maintained.

Customer Service

8.5 miles out and back when combined in a complete loop including the Y to the falls. About 1/4 mile into the main trailhead you will hit a split in the trail. The sign reads . Take the 3.5 mile section and enjoy the moderately technical singletrack downhill. At the end this section you'll hit a Y (on section continuing on to hook up with the 4.5 mile section and the other will climb .5 miles up hill to the falls. The falls section is a bit rocky and tough but doable. Check out the falls, refuel, take a nap. On your way out take a left and do the 4.5 mile section out. This section is doubletrack and is a smooth easy climb out.

Be advised that this is a main trail head to the back country. I managed to get stuck behind a caravan of backpackers....The earlier the start the better.

Not a destination trail, but worthy of a visit if you are within 30-40 miles of the location.

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Upper Bidwell, Chico

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RATING
4
VALUE
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4
[Jun 16, 2008]
2xr
Cross Country Rider

Rode this trail this weekend. A pleasant ride all around with some spectacular scenery at the falls. Take note of the amount of hikers in the area, especially backpackers as this trail is access to the Feather Falls Wilderness area. I started the trail at 7:30AM, stopped at the falls overlook at 9:00AM and noticed a parade of 15-20 backpackers coming down the mountain. I then had to temper the best part of the ride back to accomodate the traffic.

Customer Service

Take the 3.5 mile trail downhill to start as this section includes a few rocky outcrops, exposed roots and narrow sections around low hanging branches. At the Y where the .5 mile sign points to the falls enjoy the rocky climb up (might have to dismount as it is very tight with the railing there), this section is very fun coming downhill. Take a break, enjoy the views of the canyon and falls. On the .5 mile trail out, turn left on the 4.5 mile trail sign. This section is a smooth and gradual uphill passing through another pleasant waterfall. This is a doubletrack trail and is an easier climb out. Notice I said easier, not necessarily less strenuous. Get a trail Map here: http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/plumas/recreation/feather_falls/pdf/feather_falls_map.pdf

Similar Products Used:

Upper Bidwell Park, Chico.

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 08, 2004]
Anonymous
Cross Country Rider

There are two trails to the falls. If you are really into rocky, fast, and relatively steep downhill trails, I would recommend that you take the 3.3mile trail. It was fast with very little climbs, but due to time limitations, we decided to take the same shorter trail back out. That was a grueling climb out and would recommend taking the longer, yet less intense route if you arent into climbing much. I havent actually rode the longer trail, but I was told by a local that it was put in for handicapped access, wich must mean it cant be too rough. Taking the shorter route back required a lot of hiking out, which was ok by me, cause I busted my peddle on a wedge of granite. Will return to ride the harder, shorter trail in, and cruz out on the longer run. Will update as soon as its done.

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 20, 2003]
Anonymous

Rode both the lower and upper trails today. Neat ride. It is about 3.5 miles to the actual falls. I could ride most of the trail except for some of the steeper pitches which are loose with decomposed granite, rocky or too steep for me. Probably walked about 0.3 miles of trail. It is about 3.1 miles from the trailhead to the confluence with the upper trail. You continue about 0.4 miles from the confluence to the falls. That continuance is steep and rocky but rideable for good riders. It is definitely rideable from the falls back to the confluence. Took the upper trail back to the trailhead. Guessing about 1200' of elevational gain on a very smooth but, in some places, relatively steep trail. Met many hikers. I always stop for them and show them the right of way. Actually stopping for the hikers was good as it forced me to stop and take a break. Was fun. Getting hot in NorCal. Guess it was about 75F this morning on the trail. Would be hot in the heat of the afternoon. Recommend riding in the morning. There are some south and southwest aspects where the sun really hits the trail. But, there are also many trees that provide very good shade.

Customer Service

There are two routes to the Feather Falls (actual falls that drop 640 feet). The lower trail is more single track, steeper both down and up, has more rocks and roots and more elevation change. The upper trail is newer, more of a smooth ride with few rocks or roots, still has about 1200' change in elevation or climb back to the trailhead and generally considered easier.

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Bald Rock, Bidwell Park, Northstar at Tahoe

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RATING
5
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