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Mossbrae Falls, Dunsmuir

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Mossbrae Falls is a waterfall flowing into the Sacramento River, in the Shasta Cascade area in Dunsmuir, California. The falls are located just south of the lower portion of Shasta Springs. Access to the falls via a mile-long hiking trail on the Union Pacific Railroad tracks is currently closed, as Union Pacific and the City of Dunsmuir figure out a safer route to the falls.DescriptionMossbrae Falls is one of the most scenic waterfalls in California. Approximately 50ft in height and 175ft wide, the falls are fed by springs, which course down the canyon wall, and into the Sacramento River, creating the effect of many waterfall streams falling into the river. The entire course of the falls is longer than 52ft, however the upper cascades cannot be observed through flora which covers the mountainside. The bottom 50ft is a straight plunge into the river. The falls are mostly two major outfalls. Pictured here are both, with smaller drops between them. The trail to the falls follows beside the Union Pacific railroad tracks, and is narrow in some places. The waterfall is to the right, immediately before a nearby railroad trestle that crosses the river.Trail closureIn the summer of 2011, city officials began urging people not to visit the falls, citing the danger of walking on and along active railroad tracks. To discourage trespassing, citations are being issued to people who park in the Shasta Retreat. Work continues on the development of an alternate route. City of Dunsmuir is planning on connecting the Hedge Creek Falls Trail with a new paved pathway and pedestrian bridge over the river at Mossbrae Falls. Former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger took former President George W. Bush to see these falls.
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  • We've visited many beautiful waterfalls during our travels, but the reward in seeing Mossbrae Falls after a perilous (and somewhat illegal) hike makes it that much more special. It is an idyllic spot ...  more »
  • It was quite difficult to locate these falls. Our phone navigator took us round and round, bringing us back to the place we started. We decided to ask a local who told us he could tell us 'how not to ...  more »
  • This is a treacherous hike for experienced hikers only, in my estimation; however, it's worth the challenges to get to the falls themselves.  more »

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