THE BEST PART: Well-shaded, lush, riverside trail that takes users to three falls in quick succession, about 3.5 mi round trip. The less-energetic can view Lower and Upper Falls with just a short walk from the parking lot.

FEE: None

LEASHES: Required, though off-leash dogs are frequently encountered

USER FAVORITE: Park at Lower Falls and walk up to Middle Falls, 2.5 miles round trip. Bring swimwear: the water is cold but you will find the glimmering green of Middle Falls hard to resist on a hot afternoon. Continuing from Middle Falls to Upper Falls is less shaded.

Directions to the Trailhead: Use Highway 89 for 15 miles east of the I-5/89 junction and 5 miles east of McCloud and turn south on Road 40N44. (Look for a Fowlers Camp/McCloud Falls sign.) Go right at .6 mile (a left here takes you to overlooks of Middle Falls and Upper Falls) Continue another .7 mile past the campground and park at the picnic area at the Lower Falls. Follow your ears toward Lower Falls and the beginning of the trail.

http://mountshastatrailassociation.org/trails/mccloud/mccloud-rivers-three-waterfalls/