Thursday, September 6, 2018

Kings Creek Falls Trail ↔ Lassen Volcanic National Park ↔ Autumn Hiking Series

Lassen Volcanic National Park

The sign at the Kings Creek Falls trailhead at Lassen Volcanic National Park doesn't do it justice! And neither do the photos I took! This was one of the most impressive trails we've ever hiked at Lassen and I still can't get over how many "mini" waterfalls were along the path.

There were some pretty amazing scenic overlooks as well...

The falls were beautiful and we got some great video of all that water tumbling over the cliff. There I am on the overlook next to the 30-foot falls.

The way back was even prettier than the way there. I'm not exaggerating when I say that there was a waterfall every few feet on the return trail!

At one point, we were climbing up these steep stone steps in a canyon with water rushing by on one side and rocky cliffs on the other. The water was echoing off the rocks and it sounded like water was all around us.

I'll never forget the thrilling sensation of climbing higher and higher and then looking back at the gorgeous scenery spreading out below...

When you look at Kings Creek running through the meadow, you have no idea how amazing this creek really is...

Juvenile Townsend's Solitaire
(Click here to see video of this cute little bird.) 

Kings Creek Falls Trail is a little over 2 miles round trip. It took us about three hours only because we were in absolutely no hurry and it's tough to zoom through something when all of your senses are overwhelmed!

Although it was a little steep on the return Cascades Foot Trail, I'm a total beginner at hiking and was able to manage it. I guess when you stop every few feet to take photos of a new waterfall, it's easy to catch your breath and continue on comfortably without feeling like you're never going to make it back down the trail!

Here's the link to Lassen's website for this trail where they've got the full breakdown of everything you need to know before taking a go at it yourself.

I highly recommend this trail and hope it doesn't make the other waterfall trails in the park dull by comparison. There are over 150 miles of trails in Lassen and we've only done a few of the easy ones so far. Kings Creek Falls has set the bar pretty high for the rest of them!

I give this trail an awesomeness factor of 5 crowns out of 5. πŸ‘‘πŸ‘‘πŸ‘‘πŸ‘‘πŸ‘‘
Hubby gives this trail 5 slices of Bacon Me Crazy pizza out of 5. πŸ•πŸ•πŸ•πŸ•πŸ•

Hmm, wonder which trail we'll pick next...

Here's the video from our hike:

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