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Chico, CA: Phantom Falls Loop

Hike to a cliff-top vantage that overlooks Phantom Falls on this 7.3-mile figure-eight loop just 40 minutes from Chico.

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This 164-foot seasonal cascade (best after big rains, November to May) is a favorite destination of local photographers, who journey off-trail to capture the thin rope of water pouring over a sheer basalt cliff into Coal Canyon. Spot two other cascades (76-foot Ravine and 45-foot Hollows) on a 7.4-mile loop.

-Mapped by Adrien Patané

To Trailhead

Drive southeast on CA 99 S. In 10 miles, continue straight onto CA 149 S. In 4.5 miles, take the ramp onto CA 70 N. In 7 miles, turn right onto Cherokee Rd. Follow it 5.8 miles to the parking area on the right.

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