Lower, Middle, and Upper McCloud Falls each have their own parking lot, pit toilet restrooms, descriptive signage about the area, and overlook spots with stone walls. (Tip: in the off-season, bring toilet paper as there can be limited maintenance of the restrooms.)
Once parked, walk past the restrooms towards the stone wall overlook spot to enjoy a view of the Lower Falls.
From the Middle Falls parking lot, there’s a great overlook spot of the Middle Falls, but before you leave the parking lot you can catch a glimpse of Mount Shasta, McCloud’s 14,179-foot neighbor. Head to the trail to reach the stone wall overlook area.
From this vantage point, you might not realize that there is actually an unmarked trail that you can use to get down to the base of the Middle Falls and the river. It’s a little challenging given the steep grade and four switchbacks. But the trail winds through the trees and is incredibly worth it to view the base of the Middle Falls. It’s my favorite spot to view any of the falls. This part of the McCloud River Trail also leads to the Lower Falls.
To get to the Upper Falls from the Middle Falls parking lot, head back out to McCloud River Loop Road and take a right. Look for the signs to the Upper Falls where you’ll take a right and then another right to get to the Upper Falls parking lot.
Past the restrooms are a nice stone wall overlook and a great view of the Upper Falls through the trees. Don’t miss a view of the rushing river before it spills out to become the Upper Falls. There is a nice picnic area at the Upper Falls too.