Probably, one of the easiest waterfall in this post: close to interstate 5, a short walk from the parking. Falls are sweet and not huge. Pipes from the road spoil the picture. It’s a great place to stop on a long journey to stretch the legs.
Hedge Creek Falls
When I-5 climbs closer to the Shasta, it passes small old town Dunsmuir. The town has sweet charm in it, and we once stayed there overnight – though it wasn’t a pleasant stay, coffee and pastries in the morning tasted terrific.
So Dunsmuir is famous with two falls.
Less than a mile long trail leads to the 30 foot high falls surrounded with basalt columns.
Another thing to consider while here, if the trail is not very slippery try to walk behind the falls, and follow the path near Hedge Creek. It will pass few smaller falls and finally reach observation deck with a view over Sacramento River and Mount Shasta.
One of the “must see” falls in Northern California, has no public access as for now. Town of Dunsmuir right now is working on the creation of official trail.
While the trail is not completed, some hikes along the railway tracks. Personally, I think it’s a bad idea: first, they are crossing private property, second is a danger of trains passing here.
I mention the falls in this list, because it definitely should be in it, and because I hope that the trail will be available soon enough.
Probably, the most beautiful falls in the area. This area is famous with spectacular trails that lead to stunning views, and Faery Falls gets their place in the top of them.
0.7 miles one way, trail passes remains of the historic Ney Springs Resort before reaching Faery Falls. The trail is steep and more strenuous that one could expect but the falls, in the end, are a great treat for an eye.
We hiked during the rain, and the trail was muddy most of the time. But at the same time, water flow was high, and we met only on a party of 4 with their dogs. Most of the time we had falls just for ourselves.
Though not a waterfall still a great place to stop and take a photo
As you will drive to/from Faery Falls, the road will pass Lake Siskiyou, one of the prettiest reservoirs in the state.
Each of the majestic volcanos of Pacific Northwest has its best viewpoint and mt. Shasta’s is a south beach of Lake Siskiyou.
I haunted for the clear sky for two sunsets and two sunrise, three days total, but winter storm covered the peak with heavy clouds. However, right before leaving and driving back to the bay, the sun came out and gave us a glimpse of the beauty (made a note for me to return here in Summer).
McCloud River Falls
The famous and very scenic three falls on the McCloud River is an absolute must when you visit Mt. Shasta area. All three are connected with the trail (easy to moderate), so if you park on Lower or Upper Falls, you will get a fantastic half of the day adventure.
As it happens, the trail could be entirely under snow and ice in winter, which makes it harder but still manageable. In summer, lower falls become a swimming spot for the tourists and local, though I thought the water was too cold to be pleasant.
Lower McCloud Falls
Middle McCloud Falls
Upper McCloud Falls
Burney Falls is the most distant in this list from Mt Shasta, but if you find the time, they would be the best you see on this trip. Always flowing on full, huge and moody, Burney Falls is the must for any who visit NorCal.
There is a short easy to moderate trail around the falls which takes you to the several viewpoints which give you full picture from all possible sides.
Map and links
- Hedge Creek Falls Trail on alltrails.com and hikemtshasta.com
- Faery Falls trail on alltrails.com
- Complete Lake Siskiyou trail on alltrails.com
- McCloud River Waterfalls trail
- Official page of McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, home of Burney Falls
- Burney Falls Loop Trail on alltrails.com
- Summer camping at McArthur-Burney Falls park
- Blog post about McCloud River Falls in Summer
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