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“Worth trespassing” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mossbrae Falls

Mossbrae Falls
Siskiyou County, Dunsmuir, CA 96025
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Ranked #2 of 6 things to do in Dunsmuir
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Los Angeles, California
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“Worth trespassing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

The place is about 3 miles walk in railway tracks. We saw just one train in our entire walk. Also, the train comes very slow and not unnoticeable except if you walk with noice cancellation headphone ;)

But, the view is worth for long walk. Since, you wont get any foodthere, better pack some snacks and energy drink to use on your way.

Visited December 2013
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Merida, Mexico
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“It took my breath away”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

When I was 12 in 1958 my parents and I spent the day and night in Dunsmuir. We walked down the railroad track until we came to the most spectacular sight, Mossbrae Falls. I again saw them from a train in 1982 and was thrilled to have the experience again. I understand that you can no longer walk on the tracks( it never was safe) but I will never forget the simple elegance of the wall of water cascading down the rock wall. A memory to last a lifetime.

Visited December 2012
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Red Bluff, California, United States
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6 attraction reviews
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“Beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

We went to see the falls when you could still walk along the railroad tracks to get to them. It is very unfortunate that you cannot do that now without the fear of getting a trespassing ticket. They need to make a safe trail to be able to hike to these falls.

Visited October 2012
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Santa Cruz, California, United States
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“Unique and Beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

This waterfall is very unusual it seems to be mostly a spring seeping out of a cliff wall just above a clear river. Very wide but not that high, the waterflow is modest but invariant across the year. There are lots of green plants along the cliff wall being constantly watered by the falls. Photos seem not to do it justice. The water is probably too cold for swimming but it is so clean and clear. Would be a great spot for a picnic.

To get there:
Exit I-5 at Dunsmuir Avenue (the most northern of the Dunsmuir exits. Proceed to Dunsmuir Ave and turn left (south).
Proceed to Scarlett Ave and turn right (almost a u-turn) and drive under the Shasta Retreat Arch. Proceed until you pass the river on a small one lane bridge. The RR tracks are here.

Go back to Dunsmuir Ave and park somewhere. Walk back to the RR tracks and follow the tracks right (upstream, North).
Walk along the tracks (maybe 1.5 miles) until you reach a RR bridge, there are several paths leading down to the river just before the bridge. Follow one and you will arrive at the falls. Watch out for trains coming from both directions.
Don't park by the tracks or anywhere in Shasta Retreat, there is a high probability of a ticket. Message me if you want the GPS coordinates.

Visited September 2013
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Dunsmuir, California
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“Spectacular spot, but only for those steady on their feet.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Mossbrae Falls is a spectacular spot to cool off on a hot summer day. The pure water from lava tubes coming out from under Mount Shasta pours out of a moss covered Basalt cliff into the pristine waters of the upper Sacramento River creating a beautiful sight. Unfortunately the Union Pacific railroad is not a very good neighbor and from time to time posts the area as off limits. You would think that after killing every living thing in the river by dumping a train car full of toxic material in the river the railroad would not find it in their interest to try and irritate the locals, but they just don't care. So walk around their signs and enjoy the beauty. You have to walk along the tracks to get there and there are no facilities of any kind. Take water and be prepared to walk on the large gravel ballast along the tracks.

Visited May 2013
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