Dunsmuir Waterfalls [PRIVATE PROPERTY]

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Dunsmuir Waterfalls [PRIVATE PROPERTY] is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Dunsmuir, California that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until August.

DISTANCE
2.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
321 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

private property

no dogs

This trail is on private property and is closed to the public. There are PRIVATE PROPERTY signs everywhere along the trail.

hiking
2 days ago

Like most waterfalls, trails, and other interesting sites around Mount Shasta, this is not one that is marked or easily found. Once you drive onto Dunsmuir Avenue, keep an eye out for a large concrete Arch that says Shasta Retreat upon it. Drive underneath it, go all the way down the hill, take an immediate right, and park at the bridge. You will get out on foot from here, cross the bridge and bank right. You will follow the train tracks for about three miles, it's roughly 40 minutes one way. You will then find the falls upon the right side of the banks. This is one of the most breathtaking series of waterfalls I've ever encountered. This is so worth it! Camera phone pics do not do it justice. It's huge! Word of caution however: there are multiple areas of the railroad tracks that are thin, narrow, and steep. They're long and narrow enough on both sides to where bad luck is entirely possible. According to locals, the river below is so loud that it can be hard to hear trains coming around the curvy corners. A reputable local told me that often times you cannot hear the train until it's right upon you. She knew one girl that literally fell off of the cliff side trying to avoid being hit. As I did, I would strongly recommend trotting or jogging over these narrow high parts just in case you get stuck in a sticky situation with a train. One of the locals told me it's maybe 80% safe, to take this now illegal hike. They have had fatalities in the past, and apparently it's also an old Indian Trail. Just be careful and trot or jog quickly over the narrow areas.

13 days ago

It was beautiful!!!! I felt like I was in fern gully once we got there. Walking along the train tracks was a little hard on the ankles so wear boots!

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3 months ago

Easy trail but it's all railroad trail rock have a pair of really good hiking boots on.

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4 months ago

Easy hike, we did see a train. It went slow, but was long. Water is very cold. But truly a gorgeous spot!

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4 months ago

A super easy hike.

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