Weather has been terrible lately so when summer seemed to finally arrive we were hot to get out. After several calls to Forest Service offices, low elevation snow precluded most of our plans. Yosemite was the logical answer, however we were "dog-sitting" our neighbors black lab and dogs are not allowed on trails in Yosemite. We punted, and did a low elevation (2,000 ft) overnight hike we had planned on doing this winter but washed out bridges closed the area this winter. Feather Falls is actually on Fall Creek, just before it flows into the Feather River above Lake Oroville. It was supposed to "rival Yosemite" so we decided to see if this were true (spectacular falls for sure, but not a rival to Yosemite). It also had a nice big trail access. Since this was the dog's first backpack, we decided to keep it easy. We went in on Friday and came out today. I tried fishing above the falls but there seemed to be no fish. Coming out today the trail was loaded. Due to steep hills, brush and poison oak, camping is very limited to a few established sites above the falls. As we met 20+ boy scouts, we wondered where they all were going to camp! Here are a few photos. PS the dog did great!
very civilized trail
Feather Falls (600 feet tall)
top of falls Feather River in distance
Fall Creek above the falss