Waterfalls are bountiful in Siskiyou County. These falls are nothing short of
magnificent. Whatever your hiking level, there is something for everyone on this waterfall trail.
2 MILE ROUND-TRIP|LEVEL: EASY
Heading south, down Interstate 5, just outside of the quaint town of Dunsmuir lies one of the more scenic waterfalls in Northern California, Mossbrae Falls. This panoramic 50-foot-high waterfall spans nearly 150-feet-wide, and is fed by springs that cascade down the rocky, moss-covered cliffs into the Sacramento River. Access to the falls is approximately one mile, along the Sacramento River and Pacific Union’s railroad tracks.
Hedge Creek Falls
LESS THAN 1 MILE ROUND-TRIP | LEVEL: EASY
Just south of Mossbrae Falls is Hedge Creek Falls. Beginning at the Hedge Creek Park this 35-foot-tall waterfall is a short 5-minute jaunt down a sweet forest trail. Don’t forget to explore the cave behind the flowing falls. Legend has it that stagecoach robber Black Bart went into hiding here.
4 MILE ROUND-TRIP | LEVEL: EASY-EXPERIENCED
McCloud Falls, consisting of three waterfalls, Upper, Middle and Lower Falls, is a great off-the-map location for swimming, camping, and of course, hiking the nearly four-mile-long trail to all three magical waterfalls. The path begins at the Lower Falls, climbing upstream along a grade for nearly 1.5 miles to the Middle Falls. Continuing toward Upper Falls is a steeper climb. These falls offer beautiful views of Castle Crags, Mount Shasta, and various other local mountains.
1 MILE ROUND-TRIP | LEVEL: EASY-MODERATE
McArthur–Burney Falls Memorial State Park is the second oldest state park in California, located approximately 6 miles north of Burney, California. This waterfall was coined as the “eighth wonder of the world,” by Teddy Roosevelt. The 129-foot plant-draped falls can be viewed from just above the waterfall or at the bottom of the always-frigid pool. Still, the snow melt waters can’t keep fisherman away, as this is an avid spot for catch-and-release-fishing.
Potem Creek Falls
1 MILE ROUND-TRIP| LEVEL: EASY
Located just outside Round Mountain, and a short jaunt from Interstate 5, Potem Creek Falls can still be reached in less than 10 minutes. The falls stretch 70 feet high, falling into the Pit River. Surrounded by luscious green foliage and rock formations this is an easy hike for any adventurer.
3.5 MILES ROUND-TRIP | LEVEL: MODERATE
Heading further south, in the Whiskeytown National
Recreation Area, is the 220-foot three-tiered Whiskeytown Falls. The Carr Trail, named after James K. Carr, leads the way to the breathtaking falls, and was only recently put on the map as a top waterfall destination. The 3.4 mile round-trip hike has a moderate to difficult hiking level, so be prepared to work for it.
While in the neighborhood, don’t forget to visit the second tallest falls in Whiskeytown, Boulder Creek Falls. Coming in at 138 feet high, these falls were considered the tallest in park, until the emergence of Whiskeytown Falls. The three cascades of Boulder Creek Falls are tucked into a shaded box canyon filled with beautiful green foliage.