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Area: 2,625 Acres
Lat: 41.245418
Lon: 122.023065
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Every Kid in a Park. Initiative that gives every U.S. 4th grader and his or her family free access to 2000+ federally managed lands and waters. Educators can also participate.
McCloud River Loop - Site # 133
Spectacular view and hiking trails along McCloud River including three large waterfalls.
RegionalRegional - worth visiting if you are already in the area. They may be located farther from populated areas or with more limited wildlife species.

Background: This 6-mile driving loop passes through chaparral and forests, skirts the McCloud River, and offers views of two spectacular waterfalls and a 50-acre riparian meadow. Ponderosa pines along the river are home to squirrels, chipmunks, many songbirds, even an occasional black bear. Scenic Upper Falls shelters belted kingfishers and nesting American dippers. Mule deer and Cooper's and sharp-shinned hawks can often be spotted at Bigelow Meadow, a blue grouse haven in the spring.

The Habitat: Ponderosa Pine Forest, Chaparral and Riverine Riparian habitats

The Experience: Spectacular views of three waterfalls on the McCloud River.

Wildlife and Where to Find It: Look for migratory and resident songbirds along the McCloud River Trail.

Viewing Tips: High probability of seeing songbirds in spring and fall. Look for birds of prey in spring and summer. Deer common isn summer. Many reptiles and amphibians. Spring wildflowers. Universally accessible facilities at Fowler Camp. DRIVING LOOP IS DIRT; IMPASSABLE IN WET WEATHER.

Nearby Viewing Sites: McArthur Burney Falls State Park
Big Lake/Ahjumawi State Park

Visitor Information: McCloud Chamber of Commerce - (530) 964-3113 - http://www.mccloudchamber.com/recreation.html
Viewing Site Hours of Operation are:
Staff On-site: No
Open: year-round
Year Round: Yes
Seasonal: Limited access during winter months

Road Information:   Paved.  Gravel.  Dirt. 
Road Hazards: Watch for ice and snow in winter months
 Number of Parking Spaces: 0
Parking Fee: No
Proximity to viewing area:Viewing immediate to parking area
 Pull-Through Parking: Yes
Parking Danger: Narrow roads

How to Get There: Take Interstate 5 north of Redding to Highway 89 and turn east. The driving loop begins 5 miles past the town of McCloud at Fowler Campground and returns to Highway 89 about 11 miles east of McCloud.

Contact Information
Managing Agency: USDA Forest Service, McCloud Ranger Station
Agency Site URL: http://www.fs.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsinternet/!ut/p/c4/04_SB8K8xL
Physical Address: 2019 Forest Rd.
McCloud, CA 96057
Mailing Address:
, CA
Manager Phone:(530) 964-2184
Site Phone:530-964-2184
County: Siskiyou
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