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Hatchet Creek Falls - Lion Slide Falls, CA

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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 0.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,074 feet
Elevation Gain 36 feet
Accumulated Gain 41 feet
Avg Time One Way 10 minutes
Kokopelli Seeds 0.34
Backpack No
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Author lojones5
author avatar Guides 23
Routes 162
Photos 538
Trips 104 map ( 523 miles )
Age 28 Male Gender
Location Redding, CA
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Preferred   Apr, Oct, May, Mar
Seasons   Summer to Autumn
Sun  5:04am - 7:24pm
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by lojones5

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Hatchet Creek Falls is not only a gorgeous waterfall, but a perfect place to cool down in the summer and swim in a deep pool below the falls. For adrenaline seekers there are a couple spots to cliff jump from height around the falls, and for those not quite ready for that there is a large tree trunk with steps carved out that can be climbed and jumped off of from whatever height is comfortable. The spot is fairly well known, but does not have nearly as many visitors as McCloud Falls.

Watch for poison oak and be careful walking/climbing slippery surfaces. Always check water depth and obstacles if jumping from heights.

The hike itself is extremely short and begins at the end of the parking turnoff. There appear to be two paths fro the parking area and I recommend taking the path on the right. This path follows under some overgrown brush and shortly reaches the creek. You can now follow the path hugging the right side of the creek, you may have to step in the water at some points. There may be an alternative path to the right of the creek, but I was told the creek path is easiest. You will hear the falls immediately and see them very soon after beginning to follow the creek.

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Hatchet Creek

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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Redding, take the 299 E for about 30 miles. Turn left on Big Bend Rd--there will be a left turning lane. Follow this paved road for less than a mile to the dirt pull off for parking.
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