The Mount Shasta and McCloud area is a great destination for a weekend getaway from the Bay Area. Home to several quaint bed and breakfasts, you will feel like you've stepped back in time at the cozy Victorian-themed McCloud River Inn. We stayed overnight at McCloud River Inn before heading out to explore the McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, just a 40 min drive south on Highway 89.
The star of the state park is its namesake McArthur-Burney waterfall which is a glorious sight to behold. The views from the vista point are amazing, and it only gets better as you walk the 0.4 mile trail down to the base of the falls.
The falls are breathtaking, but what I love most are the hundreds of tiny rivulets of water, flowing through moss and ferns, adding fragile beauty to the main waterfall. The rivulets are so delicate and transient, holding onto the barely-there moss and soil, gently cascading down the sides - it's mesmerizing to watch. You can also choose to hike the 1.2 mile loop trail to the top of the falls.
Make sure to visit this lovely waterfall in McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park on your next visit to McCloud and Mount Shasta!