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Hatchet Falls / Lion Slide Falls

Mount Shasta + Medicine Lake Area, California

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  • The trail starts off through a tunnel of vegetation.- Hatchet Falls / Lion Slide Falls
  • One of several logs along the path.- Hatchet Falls / Lion Slide Falls
  • The first view of the falls.- Hatchet Falls / Lion Slide Falls
  • A frontal view of the falls.- Hatchet Falls / Lion Slide Falls
  • A makeshift stone dam keeps the water level up.- Hatchet Falls / Lion Slide Falls
  • Climb the log to access jumping locations.- Hatchet Falls / Lion Slide Falls
  • Taking off from the most popular spot.- Hatchet Falls / Lion Slide Falls
  • The area is full of great jumping spots. Get creative!- Hatchet Falls / Lion Slide Falls
  • Another view from the far side.- Hatchet Falls / Lion Slide Falls
  • Exiting the vegetation tunnel.- Hatchet Falls / Lion Slide Falls
  • The path can be a little slick.- Hatchet Falls / Lion Slide Falls
  • The parking lot.- Hatchet Falls / Lion Slide Falls
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Deep swimming holes. Cliffs of varying heights. Waterfall.
Cons: 
Crowded on occaision. Slippery path.
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Region:
Mount Shasta + Medicine Lake Area, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Location type: 
Cliff jumping
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Current Local Weather:
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Hatchet Creek Falls is a popular swimming hole and cliff jumping destination in Shasta County. The falls are split by a fallen tree that has been made into a makeshift staircase, providing easy and fun access to surrounding cliffs. There are many places to jump from of varying height. In winter months the water is near freezing due to snowmelt, but in the summer months the temperature warms a bit and is a perfect escape from the heat.

There are two paths to reach the falls. By far the easiest follows the edge of the creek after exiting the tunnel of vegetation. The more difficult path travels to the right and up the hill.

The source of Hatchet Creek lies between Snow, Green, and Clover Mountains in the Lassen National Forest. From here many smaller spring-fed creeks join Hatchet Creek before the falls. A few miles downstream the creek fills the Pit 7 Reservoir that provides electricity to surrounding areas by means of a hydroelectric dam.

Cliff Jumping Safety

Swimming holes and cliff jumping can be extremely dangerous and unpredictable outdoor activities that pose significant risks regarding personal safety. Changing water levels, unseen rocks, and river bottoms that have shifted with currents and seasonal weather can turn a well-known jumping area into a serious hazard. Prior to engaging in these activities, extensively scout the current conditions, and understand the risks involved with serious injury and the logistical challenges of evacuation from the water so you can make safe decisions.

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