5.5 mile hike to the back-country campground. :) stay for 2 nights! :) Camping is Free.
The trail is listed as East to Moderate, but I would say that the longer trail is Moderate (to strenuous if you are not a and the shorter trail is more strenuous with switchbacks that wind its way out of the gorge. Remember that you will be carrying all your camping gear.
Please be sure you have gear that is rated for backpack camping. You will be carrying all your camping supplies for the weekend 5.5 miles one way.
Gear should include:
*pack-able 3 season tent (it has rained about half the times that I have gone on this trip *during this time of year)
*sturdy hiking boots and good/wool socks
*enough food for 2 lunches, 2 breakfasts and 2 dinners and any desired snacks. If you need help or suggestions let me know.
*a full 2-3 liter Water bladder (camelback, etc)
*Water purification system (no potable water is available at the back-country campsite)
*comfortable clothes for hiking (jeans and cotton outerwear not recommended)
*Rain jacket and fleece (think layers)
*toilet paper and small plastic shovel (there are no toilets at the back-country campsite)
If I am forgetting something please say so in the comment section below, and I will add it.
You can rent backpacks, and tents at both the Roseville and Sacramento REI. Be sure to go ahead of time and get fitted for a backpack so you can reserve one this is suited for you.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO GO BUT,... you don't like the idea of back country camping, there are 5 free (as of earlier this year) campsites for car campers, you can hike out to the falls area for the day. It is a great hike, only one tuff climb toward the end of the hike, but that is not long. :)
~It is tradition for Michael and I to stop for pizza on the way home from any backpack adventure. If anyone wants to join us for that as well. :)~
Beautiful 640-feet high falls (the 6th highest in the United States): A strenuous seven-mile round-trip hike will bring you to a breathtaking view of the falls. Take Olive Highway east to Forbestown Road, then north on Lumpkin Road and follow the signs. The falls can also be viewed by boat from Lake Oroville."
Directions from Oroville: Oro Dam Blvd. to Olive Hwy. turn Right. Olive Hwy. approximately 5 miles to Forbestown Rd., Right. Forbestown Rd. approximately 7 miles to Lumpkin Rd., Left. Lumpkin Rd. approximately 12 miles to Feather Falls trail head turn off, Left. Trailhead Rd. 1.5 miles to Feather Falls Parking Area
More about the trail and area: http://www.gorp.com/parks-guide/feather-falls-national-recreation-trail-outdoor-pp2-guide-cid402292.html
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