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Thursday
Jun302011

Mossbrae Falls in Dunsmuir, Siskiyou, California

I just returned from an intense roadtrip where I visited Death Valley, Yosemite, Mossbrae Falls, Whiskeytown, Lassen, San Francisco, and the California coastline via the 1 in 6 days. It was insane fun and I wish I could go back and do it all over again.

This week I posted a contest, my first, to see if anyone could guess where I took a particular photo from this roadtrip. Check out the article here. The location of that image is Mossbrae Falls near Mt. Shasta and that photo was taken on the hike to the falls.

These falls sit on the east side of the Sacramento River and are quite a nice length at probably 150 feet or so. As the snow pack melts, the runoff seaps through the moss, trees and bushes lining the hillside creating a beautiful waterfall system.

The runoff comes from the north toward Mt. Shasta and connects with the Sacramento River. I happened to be there at a good time as the massive snow pack this year was met with a heat wave causing quite a rise in water levels.

Directions to Mossbrae Falls:
From Redding, california, head north on I-5 past Shasta Lake until you reach the town of Dunsmuir about 50 miles away. Exit I-5 at the Dunsmuir / Siskiyou exit at the northern end of Dunsmuir. At the offramp, turn left (west) onto Dunsmuir Ave. About 1/2 mile later, make a sharp right turn into Shasta Retreat on Simpson Ave. Follow simpson Ave. about 1/4 mile onto bridge that will cross a narrow portion of the Sacramento River. Just past the bridge, you'll see a small area to park on the right hand side. Park there. That is the trailhead.

The hike from this bridge to Mossbrae Falls is about 1.25 miles. Follow the train tracks north. Trains run frequently on these tracks so leave your headphones at the car. When you get to the bridge where the train tracks cross over to the other side of the river, look to the right for one of two primitive trails that will lead you to the bottom of the hill where you will find MOssbrae Falls. If you've crossed the bridge, you've gone too far.

Mossbrae Falls on the Sacramento River in Dunsmuir, California

Mossbrae Falls on the Sacramento River in Dunsmuir, California

Mossbrae Falls on the Sacramento River in Dunsmuir, California

Mossbrae Falls on the Sacramento River in Dunsmuir, California

Mossbrae Falls on the Sacramento River in Dunsmuir, California

Mossbrae Falls on the Sacramento River in Dunsmuir, California

Mossbrae Falls on the Sacramento River in Dunsmuir, California

Mossbrae Falls on the Sacramento River in Dunsmuir, California

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