Kings Creek Falls

Lassen Volcanic National Park

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Kings Creek Falls

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  • Kings Creek has many great spots right off of the trail. Go exploring!- Kings Creek Falls
  • There are great views of the wilderness in this area.- Kings Creek Falls
  • The cascades above the falls.- Kings Creek Falls
  • Another viewpoint a few steps off the trail.- Kings Creek Falls
  • Looking down the falls from the top.- Kings Creek Falls
  • The main attraction.- Kings Creek Falls
  • A closer view of the falls.- Kings Creek Falls
  • Standing on top of the falls.- Kings Creek Falls
  • A portion of the cascades along the return hike- Kings Creek Falls
  • Looking out from the upper cascades viewpoint.- Kings Creek Falls
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Multiple waterfalls. Great views. Pristine meadows. Multiple routes.
Cons: 
Rocky trail.
Alerts: 
The Cascades Trail section is closed for renovation through 2017. Hikers must travel to the falls via the Horse Trail.
Region:
Mount Lassen Volcanic Area, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
National Park Pass
Total Distance: 
3.00 mi (4.83 km)
Trailhead Elev.: 
7,300 ft (2,225 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
700 ft (213 m)
Trail Uses:
Hiking
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Dogs allowed: 
No

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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The hike to Kings Creek Falls can be completed along two different trails: the Cascades Trail and the horse loop. The Cascade Trail follows a steep descent through boulders and down rocky steps but offers close views of the cascades. The horse loop is slightly longer and less steep but has great views of the park. Perhaps take one trail down and the other on the way back to make a well rounded trip.

Kings Creek is a beautiful waterway that begins near the base of Lassen Peak. Throughout the year the water of this creek is very cold. In the meadows just above the trailhead the water temperature has been measured at 42 degrees. Many pristine meadows lie along Kings Creek, and these are great locations to spot mule deer and wildflowers. Because of the elevation, this area gets covered in snow in the winter. The impacts of this snow can be seen in the California red firs. Constant pressure from snow bends these trees, sometimes to the point of breaking. Those that do not break under the pressure adapt by growing in unusual formations.

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