Hike to Burney Falls

Lake Tahoe Burney Falls Loop Trail

Added by Lisa Bao

Theodore Roosevelt referred to these falls as the “eighth wonder of the world.

Although the falls can be seen right from the parking area, this scenic 1.3 mile loop is a great hike for all levels of hiking ability. Heading out on this trail will take you to the base of this 129 foot tall waterfall. Allegedly, Theodore Roosevelt referred to these falls as the “eighth wonder of the world”.

Looking for an overview of the camping and trail areas, take a look at the park map. From the side bar of the Burney Falls State Park page, you can make cabin or campground reservations if you'd like to make an overnight trip.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Water
  • Trail shoes
  • Camping gear if staying overnight
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Activities:

Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Loop

Distance:

1.3 Miles

Rating:

Features:

Forest
Romantic
Scenic
Waterfall

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about 1 month ago

Burned Falls

Fun easy hike. The water is refreshing in the summer and beautiful in the fall and spring.

about 1 month ago

3 months ago

Extremely spectacular sight!

Perfect hike for all levels or ages, as it's lovely short hike down to the falls! To avoid crowds, head there before or after the summer time (May-September)!

3 months ago

Water was not very clear in December

I have been there around mid-to-late December. The water was not very clear so this might be useful information for those who plan to go there.

5 months ago

6 months ago

Worth Seeing

Such a beautiful falls, and very easy to get to. That's why there are sooooo many people around :)

6 months ago

8 months ago

Breathtaking!

The pictures do not do this fall justice. It is definitely a must-see. The water is also a very pretty blue color. Don't think about swimming in it though; apparently it stays at around 40 degrees F. However, there is swimming in a nearby lake.

8 months ago

11 months ago

Absolutely amazing!

Came here in the midst of California's drought, and let me tell you, you would have no idea we were in the middle of a 4 year drought by looking at the falls! They were flowing in full force! Can't even imagine how beautiful they'll be this summer when all the snow melts! p.s. the falls pictured are definitely Burney Falls, contrary to an earlier review.

11 months ago

over 1 year ago

Stunning - take a plunge into the 42-degree water!

It may be cold but it's well worth the dip! Beautiful spot. Cool fact - it's fed from volcanic springs.

over 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

@Patrick Mueller Both falls have a similar look so I can understand why you might think the image is of McCloud River Middle Falls. It is not. It is Burney Falls. Don't take my word for it though. Flickr is your friend.

over 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

This photo is not from Burney Falls. The one pictured is McCloud Middle Falls near Mt. Shasta

over 1 year ago

Added by Lisa Bao

Photographer based out of San Francisco, CA. Focusing on travel and landscapes, my aim is to inspire others to get outside and connect with their own adventures.

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