Kings Creek Falls: 40 Foot Waterfall in Lassen National Park

Located right in the middle of Lassen National Park the trail head to Kings Creek Falls is a great place to explore the backcountry of the park with only a small amount of hiking. It follows a creek downhill the whole way to the waterfall so it is easy on the way down but remember it is uphill the whole way back. The reason for this hike is obviously the beautiful Kings Creek Falls, the 40 foot waterfall right at the end.

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Details

  • 5 miles round trip
  • 700 feet of elevation gain
  • No parking lot just spots on the road

As soon as you leave the trailhead you will start your descent to the waterfall. You will immediately realize how beautiful this area is as you reach a massive meadow.

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Continuing on, this hike starts to follow the creek that will eventually become the waterfall and as the water picks up speed it is amazing.

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About a mile in you will reach a split for the steep cascade area of the hike or the horse trail. The horsetail is .3 miles longer but much less steep overall and since the cascade trail was closed it was our only option.

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This trail starts at the top of the hill and follows switchbacks all the way down. It is a nice grade and there are some trees you can use for shade.

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When you reach the bottom you will be at the creek again and will see a couple other small waterfalls as well as the beautiful cascades behind it. You can see the sign for the closed cascade trail.

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About another third of a mile will drop you off at the top Kings Creek Falls. You can’t see the falls from here as you can just see the drop.

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Continuing around on the trail will lead you to the below view. This 40 foot waterfall is so beautiful as it is wide and seems to fall elegantly over the rocks below.

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If you want to do some scrambling though you can make it down to the base of the falls for a view like this.

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I took a lot of pictures down here.

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This waterfall really is amazing and the hike itself fits with the other awesome hikes in Lassen National Park like Bumpass Hell and Mt Lassen. When you finish, hike back the way you came, I recommend taking the horse trail even if the cascades are open as it is an easier hike with a more gradual gain. Check out the rest of the pictures below and be sure to leave me a comment.

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  • Candace Agnew

    Wonderful, this will definitely go into my Bucket List!

    • Thanks for the comment, this area is an amazing place to hang out for sure!

  • Jeff Hester

    Great shots, Josh! Looks like a beautiful falls. I wonder how it must look in June when the water is really running high.

    • Thanks Jeff, I can’t imagine how much better it would be during the spring!

  • St Bernard Lodge

    Really nice pictures. Next time you are in the area think about staying at the St. Bernard Lodge. Snowshoeing with the park rangers is fun in the winter.

    • Thanks for the comment, I will look it up next time I am in the area!