Spring Flow over Feather Falls

California's Feather Falls in Spring

California's Feather Falls in Spring

I’m planning a trip this weekend to Plumas County in the Northern Sierra Nevadas to check out the fall colors.  After talking through some of the logistics, I got thinking about nearby sights.  Feather Falls is on the way to Plumas County from Oroville, CA and is one of the taller waterfalls in California at 410 feet tall (previously was thought to be over 600 feet tall but recent measurements have corrected it’s height.  Regardless of it’s new smaller size, it is still worth the nine mile round trip hike out to view the falls.

This photo is from earlier this Spring when the water was flowing fast over the edge of the falls. The amazing thing is how narrow the falls is at the edge in comparison to how much wider it fans out just a short ways down.  The following photo is another view, closer to the top.

Top of Feather Falls in Spring

Top of Feather Falls in Spring

If you click through to the larger version of this photo you’ll notice two hikers at the top of the falls. Comparing their height to the last cascades of the falls before the edge, you can tell how the edge is only about five feet wide and yet channeling a lot of spring run off.

Since this weekend’s trip will be the first family trip with Matthew, I’m not expecting any 9 mile hikes out to Feather Falls.  More likely a driving exploration of the fall foliage.

Prints of these images can be purchased from my Sierra Foothills Landscape gallery.

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