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.

2.9 miles
321 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips



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.

1 month ago

Mossbrae falls is well worth the hike! I’ve visited over a dozen times and the waterfall is consistently beautiful year round. I recommend waking the railroad tracks but make sure you do not park in the Shasta retreat neighborhood. Park up on the main road and walk in. You will be walking along active train tracks, be safe!

3 months ago

Be careful taking dogs, the train told by every so often and scares the dogs! Also the rocks along the railroad track get scalding hot so try and go early in the day if you have dogs to prevent burns.

4 months ago

Easy to get to. Not as far as you think.

6 months ago

The fact that ALL access to this hidden gem goes through private property doesn't seem to bother people, but to those of us with homes in Shasta Retreat and SP Railroad (with their legitimate liability and safety concerns), this has become a major problem since the advent of internet. As gorgeous as these falls are, they are not open to the public, which the All Trails description states in clear, simple terms!

No Parking and "No Access to Mossbrae Falls" signs are posted on certain sections of Dunsmuir Ave, at Shasta Retreat's entrance and inside our neighborhood community. Yet the public repeatedly ignores them and reviewers (like Nouvelle Terre or Natalie Lopez) incorrectly advise parking - illegally! - on our narrow, shoulder-less roads.

If the "shoe-were-on-the-other-foot", I doubt these same visitors would want the general public ignoring clearly posted no trespassing signs that bring a daily, endless flow of parked cars into their family's neighborhood! Thus, the reason for only 1 star.

The City of Dunsmuir has been diligently working on plans to build a safer PUBLIC route extending from the Hedge Creek Falls trail. When that happens, this review will be edited to 5++ stars. Until then, PLEASE respect the privacy of Shasta Retreat residents and honor SP Railroad's "No Trespassing" signs by hiking only trails that are OPEN to the public. Thank you!

7 months ago

Great falls. There’s mossbrae and hedge creek. Both spectacular!

8 months 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.

8 months 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!

11 months ago

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

Friday, August 11, 2017

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

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

A super easy hike.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Great waterfall but go to scarlet way and park on the road. Head down, cross the bridge and turn right. After about 20 minutes of walking on track there will be a big rock that says mossbrae falls!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Amazing waterfalls!!!!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

This place is actually called Mossbrae Falls, not Dunsmuir Falls. Follow the directions others gave. Simply gorgeous!!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Best hike ever. So much to see on the trail. Cool hiking along the railroad tracks with the raging river to the side. The falls are amazing.

Saturday, April 08, 2017


Thursday, April 06, 2017

Gorgeous waterfall! However, there isn't really a "trail" to get to it. You have to walk along the railroad tracks for a while, which is where you need to keep a lookout for trains. To access the starting point, take Dunsmuir Ave off of I-5 and park anywhere near Scarlet Way. Then walk down towards the river to where it turns into Simpson Ave. From there, cross the river and turn right onto the railroad tracks and walk along the tracks for a little less than a mile. The falls will be through the trees to the right just before you reach the railroad bridge that takes you across the river.

Friday, March 10, 2017


Sunday, November 27, 2016

Hiked while it was snowing & a heavy mist around the falls. It left me with my mouth gaping open & then I could hear myself "WOW - OH MY GOD -WOW" Another hiker was there (I did see small shoe prints in the snow while hiking beside the RR track). Denise, from Lubbock, was just as awestruck.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Nice short little trail. Obviously illegal, but as long you don't disturb the locals, no one trips. Constantly be looking for the train though. Lol

Sunday, September 18, 2016

A short walk to an amazing waterfall!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

A trail for everyone, it's a cool place, but it's more of a park walk then a hike. The waterfall is cool and refreshing.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Ok, so the reviews on here seem up and down. This is my experience and it was AMAZING. We parked off I5 by hedge falls. We walked down to hedge falls which is nice and easy. Also fresh spring water available to bottle before you head down. From here we traveled around hedge out the the overlook. From there you will see a trail that takes you down to sac river. Get your feet wet and cross over to the train tracks and hang a right hand turn. Walk about 1/2 mile down and you will see a bridge. You have made it. Look to your right and there is three trails. All take you too the falls. Now sit back and enjoy. Also this route is faster and there is not a single no trespassing sign so in my opinion no laws were broke. Be safe on the track though. The trains are running both directions.

Friday, April 03, 2015

Made it! I found it and it was incredible. There are 'no trespassing' signs everywhere, if you keep walking for two miles along the railway it will appear on your right and its stunning.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Total useless there is no way to get to this place. Must have spent more than hour looking for the trial.... There's a chain-link fence and all kinds of no trespassing signs. Very frustrated!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

We were in Dunsmuir last week and the locals said this trail has been closed due to 2 fatalities on the tracks last year. They said if you get caught you will be fined. Just thought we would pass the info on.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


Saturday, November 05, 2011

Hedge Creek-Hike down to see the falls & continue on behind them for a look down on the Sacramento. Follow back out & on to Mossbrae or "Mossberry" as it is known for the blackberries that line the trail & the moss & ferns that the cover the wall of the falls. Watch out for the entire hike is along the tracks, following the Sacramento River...some places requiring you to stand still as they pass or you lose your footing & plunge into the water;) Once finding the hidden trail right before the train the most peaceful lil beach to relax & enjoy the falls.

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