Hike to Hollow Falls

Hollow Falls Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by Taylor Hinchcliff

This short and easy hike leads to a fun seasonal waterfall and tons of wildflowers in one of the most picturesque spots in Northern California.

The first step of this fun little hike is to park at the handy parking lot located at 2488 Cherokee Rd., Oroville, CA up on Table Mountain.

Many people park here for the hike to the more well-known Phantom Falls, which is a much longer hike than the one to Hollow Falls. From the lot, look for an easy-to-spot trail beginning near a huge tree right outside the parking area (the tree is easy to spot as it is the only one in the area).  Dogs are ok on this hike, but please keep them leashed to avoid them running after livestock/hikers.

After that, it is a simple matter of following this trail for about a half-mile through cow pastures filled with thousands of wild flowers. You'll likely see a few big bovines roaming around, but they are used to people being in their area and largely avoid the trail.

The trail will take you directly to the top of the falls. If you would like to get to the base of the falls, just look to the left along the cliff edge to find a small trail that zig-zags its way down to the bottom.

The area in the ravine below the falls is also beautiful and lush during the spring/summer months after the seasonal rain when the falls are at their peak. There are tons of great trees there to string up a hammock between and enjoy the sun with the sound of the falls in the background. 

Distance

1 Miles RT

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Chillin, Photography, Hiking

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Picnic Area
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Swimming Hole

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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Spring Time Hike

Such a fun hike to do with family and friends. In the spring, the wildflowers are absolutely beautiful. I recommend wearing hiking boots because the pasture can get extremely muddy due to rain. It’s usually very busy with foot traffic during this time, but well worth it. If you are interested in going to the bottom of the falls, I HIGHLY recommend taking the trail down on your left hand side once you reach the top of the falls. It is much easier and safer than scaling the cliff the entire way down. There is a trail marker on the left hand side of the cliff that is fairly easy to spot. Take a picnic and enjoy the nice weather! Definitely worth your time!

Great little hike

The beginning of the trail was more of a river since it has been raining all week, but the excess water made the waterfall really Impressive. Definitely bring waterproof boots or your feet will be soaked.

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