Most people like to hike to Northern California’s amazing waterfalls in the spring or summer. That’s fair. There’s nothing wrong with a relaxing hike to lounge next to a beautiful cliff cascading with moving water.
But for someone a little more hardcore, hiking to waterfalls in the winter can provide a much different experience.
The wintertime can bring heavy flows to NorCal waterfalls and for just once in your life, I suggest you experience the beauty of the falls gushing from rainwater and covered in snow. In February 2019, we decided to hike the three tiers of McCloud Falls to get a full winter waterfall experience. It had recently snowed in the area and we found a clear day to make the trek. No snowshoes were needed and we had the entire place to ourselves!
Watch the video above to see our experience.