By Patrick Sheehan, Graphic Designer
For all of you Chico State students who are interested in the great outdoors, Feather Falls is a must see. In just under an hour and a half, you can be far from civilization and deep into the wonders of the Plumas National Forest. Simply hop on Highway 99 South, drive through Oroville, and that puts you on the 162 winding around Lake Oroville.
Then just keep your eyes peeled for Lumpkin Road, which is the gateway to the base of Feather Falls trail.
The view of the towering waterfall is well deserved after a 4.5-mile hike from the
base. In fact, the total round trip from top to bottom is over 8 miles, so be sure to stretch your legs and stay hydrated throughout your journey. The location of the waterfall lies on the middle fork of the Feather River known as the Fall River. The river’s origin begins in the Sierra Nevada and runs 100 miles before flowing into one of the crooked fingers of Lake Oroville.
On the descending voyage through the Plumas National Forest in route of the lake, the
falls reach a 410-foot vertical granite slab where it projects its energy through a narrow passageway. During the late winter months, the water levels reaches its peak
and allows Feather Falls to come alive. The top of the falls is easily accessible and provides the viewer with a breathtaking scene of the deep valley that lies beneath. For those who are not fans of heights, an additional viewpoint was constructed that allows viewers to observe from a comfortable distance.