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McCloud Falls: A Day Trip Exploring Nature’s Beauty

By November 24, 2023December 16th, 2023No Comments
McCloud Falls - Lower Falls

Exploring Nature’s Beauty: A Day Trip to the Three McCloud Falls

Introduction:  Nestled in the picturesque landscapes surrounding the Shasta Lakeshore Retreat are the enchanting three McCloud Falls. A visit to these cascading wonders promises a day of awe-inspiring beauty, tranquility, and the chance to connect with nature. In this blog post, we’ll dive into the details of each waterfall, their proximity to one another, and what to expect during your visit.

McCloud Falls - Directions Map

Lower Falls: A Gentle Beginning:  The journey to the three McCloud Falls begins with the Lower Falls (main photo above), the first in the trio. After less than a one hour beautiful drive from Shasta Lakeshore Retreat, this waterfall serves as a gentle introduction to the natural wonders that await. A short walk from the parking lot, the Lower Falls captivate visitors with a 15-foot drop into a crystal-clear pool. The proximity to the parking area makes it accessible to visitors of all fitness levels.

McCloud Falls - Middle Falls

Middle Falls: The Majestic Cascade:  Continuing upstream, you’ll encounter the Middle Falls, which stands at an impressive 50 feet. A short distance from the Lower Falls, this waterfall provides a more immersive nature experience. The trail to the Middle Falls is around half a mile from the Lower Falls, offering a scenic walk through the surrounding wilderness.

McCloud Falls - Upper Falls

Upper Falls: Nature’s Finale:  The Upper Falls, the crowning jewel of the trio, awaits further upstream. Located a bit over a mile from the Middle Falls, this waterfall is a testament to the raw beauty of nature. The trail to the Upper Falls is approximately 1.5 miles, leading you through the forested terrain and unveiling the breathtaking cascade as you approach.

Swimming Opportunities: Nature’s Infinity Pool? While the Lower Falls provide a refreshing pool at their base, swimming is generally discouraged at the Middle and Upper Falls due to strong currents and potentially dangerous conditions. The focus at these falls is on appreciating their natural beauty from a safe distance. Always check for local regulations and safety guidelines before considering swimming in any natural water feature.

Conclusion:  A visit to the three McCloud Falls from the Shasta Lakeshore Retreat is a day-long, must see, adventure that promises to reconnect you with the serenity of nature. From the gentle Lower Falls to the majestic Middle Falls and the breathtaking Upper Falls, each waterfall offers a unique experience. The journey is not only about witnessing the raw beauty of these cascades but also about embracing the tranquility that comes with immersing yourself in nature’s wonders. So, lace up your hiking boots, grab your camera, and embark on a journey to discover the enchanting Three McCloud Falls.

Additional Note:  If you would like to plan a longer Waterfall adventure, you should include Burney Falls and do the waterfall loop.  More information can be found HERE.

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David & Lori Raun
Shasta Lakeshore Retreat
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