Sandy beach
No
Cliff jumping
Yes
Hike-in Required
No
Sensitive Habitat
No
Please respect the outdoors by practicing Leave No Trace. Learn more about how to apply the principles of Leave No Trace on your next outdoor adventure here.

Located a mile upstream from Lower Falls, Middle Falls is the second in a trio of waterfalls referred to as McCloud Falls, on this tranquil stretch of the Upper McCloud River running to the southeast of Mount Shasta. Larger than both Lower and Upper Falls in drop and breadth, Middle Falls is an incredibly scenic waterfall with a curtain-like appearance that stretches across the rocky edge and the 40-foot drop over which it rolls.

While less popular than Lower Falls, perhaps because it’s slightly less accessible, Middle Falls also holds an inviting pool and swimming hole at the base of the fall. The pool is accessed by walking a quarter-mile path from the parking area and overlook down to the river. A bit of scrambling over basalt boulders and you're ready for a dip. The spring-fed water of the McCloud River is certainly chilly, but it is inviting and refreshing on hot summer days.

Middle Falls may also be accessed by parking at the Lower Falls Trailhead and venturing out on the McCloud River Three Falls Hike. Camping at Fowler’s Campground is also nearby. Please make sure to practice Leave No Trace principles and lend a helping hand by cleaning up any trash you see when visiting the McCloud River area.   

Logistics + Planning

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Near Mount Shasta. Nearby swimming holes disperse crowds. Stunning waterfall.

Cons

None.

Location

Field Guide + Map

Nearby Adventures

Mount Shasta + Medicine Lake Area, California
Mount Shasta + Medicine Lake Area, California
Mount Shasta + Medicine Lake Area, California

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Mount Shasta + Medicine Lake Area, California
California, Mount Shasta + Medicine Lake Area
Mount Shasta + Medicine Lake Area, California

Comments

07/02/2016
Greatest height of cliff jumping here is actually 75 feet to the left of the falls.
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