Little Backbone Creek
Little Backbone Creek is known as nature’s waterpark for good reason. It’s a 20-minute hike up a creek in a canyon, passing boulders and ponds before arriving to the marquee attraction: a smooth rock waterfall that plunges you into the creek.
Potem Falls is tucked in a deep canyon, with trail access. Swim in the pool at the base of the falls. Bonus: There’s a rope swing!
McCloud River Falls
McCloud River Falls is one of the region’s best waterfall hikes, a three-tier thriller. But the best thrill in summer is the lowest tier, where a 12-foot-wide waterfall flows into a large swimming hole surrounded by boulders for sunbathing.
BONUS: Take your water thrills to new heights with a Jetovator, a watercraft that launches you high into the sky over Lake Shasta! Give it a try. Don’t forget the waterproof camera!