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Feather Falls Trail

Average Rating:    (4.33 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 3

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Latitude
39.52046261905615
Longitude
-121.30863189697266
Trail Directions
Go to Oroville, CA via State Route 70. Take State Route 162 east from SR 70 for about 8 miles until you reach Forbestown Road. Take a right on Forbestown Road and continue about 6 miles to Lumpkin Road. Take a left on Lumpkin Road and proceed about 12 miles to just west of the former town of Feather Falls. Take a left on the road marked, "Feather Falls Trailhead." Go two miles to the trailhead and park.
Trail Length
7.8 miles out and back
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Oroville
   


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Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

Review Date
August 17, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: 2xr ,  Cross Country Rider

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

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Upper Bidwell, Chico



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Review Date
October 8, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Jankey ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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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Review Date
May 20, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: FireHawk , from Paradise, CA

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Bald Rock, Bidwell Park, Northstar at Tahoe



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