Between Lassen and Mt. Shasta, Burney is a hub for winter recreation. Snowshoe, sled, snowmobile, or x-country ski hundreds of miles of forest roads and trails. For directions and trail information, click here to visit the Fall River Resource Conservation District winter recreation page.
Burney Falls State Park
Fed by mountain springs, the magnificent Burney Falls flows year round. McArthur Burney Falls Memorial State Park has camping, hiking, and boating opportunities. The falls are so lovely that Theodore Roosevelt pronounced them one of the wonders of the world. The short falls loop hike is a must if visiting the Intermountain area. Other hiking adventures can be accessed through the park. Follow the PCT north for views of Lake Britton and Pit 3 Dam. Follow the PCT south for a gradual climb through oak forests to views of Hat Creek.
Lassen National Park
Lassen National Park provides visitors with many of the same volcanic features that make Yellowstone the most popular National Park in America, with less than half the crowds. Endless hiking trails, pristine mountain lakes, and incredible views enchant all who visit.
Lassen National Forest
Lassen National Forest has incredible opportunities for fishing, backpacking, hiking, ATV, and equestrian adventures. Home to multiple developed campgrounds, wilderness areas, and day use areas, you can easily find a place to connect with. Visit or contact the Old Station Visitor Information Center for up to date forest information and hiking trail maps.
Pacific Crest Trail
The Pacific Crest Trail is one of our country's most iconic trails. The trail spans from Mexico, 2,650 miles to Canada. Our InterMountain area is about halfway through the PCT. Visitors interested in a shorter trip on the PCT can backpack through Lassen National Park and Forest towards Mt. Shasta. A great option for a day hike starts at Hat Creek Rim Overlook. Dynamic views of the Southern Cascade range trail through fields of wildflowers in the spring.
Burney area is noted for its mountain biking with hundreds of miles on United States Forest Service roads in Lassen National Forest and Modoc National Forest. Forest Service maps are recommended for all off-road, backwoods bicycling. The most prominent peak is Burney Mountain, reportedly a challenging 24 mile, 4,642-foot climb to the summit. Google map recommends accessing McElroy Road, five miles south of Hat Creek on Highway 89, a Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway leading to Lassen Volcanic National Park.
Bicycle Road Riding
Fall River Valley is the premiere bicycle road riding area in eastern Shasta County. Home of the 23rd Annual Fall River Century, the valley has hundreds of paved miles with varying terrain and minimal traffic. Highway 299 is the 10-mile main thorough-fare crossing the valley from Fall River Mills to Day Road. This primary highway has two to five foot shoulders. A cyclist should remain vigilant as logging trucks and heavy vehicle traffic pass. Numerous side roads branch off Highway 299 offering largely unfettered access to many backroads where drivers cross into the opposite lane to pass at a safe distance.