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

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

hiking
1 month 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.

1 month 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!

4 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

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

5 months ago

A super easy hike.

walking
7 months ago

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!

7 months ago

Amazing waterfalls!!!!

8 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

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.

hiking
9 months ago

Gorgeous

9 months ago

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.

10 months ago

Beautiful!

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

walking
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.

hiking
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!

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