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Explore Hedge Creek Falls & Stay in Dunsmuir, CA

Thanks to a tip from a friend, I explored Hedge Creek Falls for the first time in 2015. I’ve also taken my mom and friends to this special place in Siskiyou. My husband, Logan, has heard me mention the waterfall numerous times, and on our recent trip to Siskiyou, he finally got to see them! We stopped at the falls on a sunny and cold January afternoon. We timed our visit perfectly because we had the place to ourselves.

Exploring Hedge Creek Falls

As we walked down the muddy path leading to the falls, we could hear the water roar. The falls produced so much moisture that we felt like we were walking through a little rainstorm. It was also a treat to hike behind the falls because it offered a unique view of the area.

After taking photos and soaking in the view, I led Logan down the trail to another special place. At the end of the path, there’s a small observation deck that overlooks the Sacramento River, and it offers an impressive view of the river and canyon. When we turned around to walk back toward the falls, we noticed a small footpath off to the side of the deck that snaked down to the river. We were curious about the path, but didn’t have time to explore it.

When I got home, I did some research, and according to Hike Mount Shasta the trail is “unofficial but well established.” Also, at the bottom of the trail there “is a good swimming hole followed by a shallow area with some easy rapids. It is a nice area to play in.”

This summer, I’m going to hike the “unofficial” trail. I’m sure the views are exquisite, and it would be an ideal place to meditate or cool off on a hot summer day.

Our winter visit to Hedge Creek Falls was magical. I could have spent hours watching the waterfall and listening to the birds, and Logan described spending time at the falls as “humbling and peaceful.”

We’re looking forward to visiting again!

PRO-TIPS

– Lodging: Pair your adventures exploring at Hedge Creek Falls with a stay at the Mossbrae Hotel in Dunsmuir. The hotel is located in Dunsmuir’s historic district, and it’s within walking distance of restaurants, cafes, and cute shops. The hotel is also a short drive to the falls.

– Directions & Trail Details: Hedge Creek Falls are peaceful, quiet, and easily accessible from Interstate 5 during all seasons. However, cell reception is spotty near the falls, so write down directions before you go adventuring. Directions and trail details can be found here.

– Good Eats: Dunsmuir has excellent eats! If you’re in the mood for something sweet, go to The Dough Hook for a cinnamon roll, and pair your sweet treat with a cup of locally roasted Northbound Coffee. If you’re in the mood for something more filling head to The Wheelhouse or YAKS on the 5. You can read about my recent dining experience at YAKS here. In short, the food is delicious, and the servers are incredibly friendly. Check out Café Maddalena if you’re in the mood for an upscale dining experience (reservations recommended).

– More Adventures: Hedge Creek Falls is near the Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens, and I recommend visiting the gardens. It’s a beautiful place to walk, fish, and take photos of the rhododendrons, ferns, Japanese maples, and more. Plus the gardens are dog-friendly!

After you’ve explored Hedge Creek Falls and the Botanical Gardens, head out for a waterfall themed photography adventure. Read the Top 5 Instagrammable Waterfalls in Siskiyou for additional adventure ideas.

 

 

 

Thanks to a tip from a friend, I explored Hedge Creek Falls for the first time in 2015. I’ve also taken my mom and friends to this special place in Siskiyou. My husband, Logan, has heard me mention the waterfall numerous times, and on our recent trip to Siskiyou, he finally got to see them! We stopped at the falls on a sunny and cold January afternoon. We timed our visit perfectly because we had the place to ourselves.

Exploring Hedge Creek Falls

As we walked down the muddy path leading to the falls, we could hear the water roar. The falls produced so much moisture that we felt like we were walking through a little rainstorm. It was also a treat to hike behind the falls because it offered a unique view of the area.

After taking photos and soaking in the view, I led Logan down the trail to another special place. At the end of the path, there’s a small observation deck that overlooks the Sacramento River, and it offers an impressive view of the river and canyon. When we turned around to walk back toward the falls, we noticed a small footpath off to the side of the deck that snaked down to the river. We were curious about the path, but didn’t have time to explore it.

When I got home, I did some research, and according to Hike Mount Shasta the trail is “unofficial but well established.” Also, at the bottom of the trail there “is a good swimming hole followed by a shallow area with some easy rapids. It is a nice area to play in.”

This summer, I’m going to hike the “unofficial” trail. I’m sure the views are exquisite, and it would be an ideal place to meditate or cool off on a hot summer day.

Our winter visit to Hedge Creek Falls was magical. I could have spent hours watching the waterfall and listening to the birds, and Logan described spending time at the falls as “humbling and peaceful.”

We’re looking forward to visiting again!

PRO-TIPS

– Lodging: Pair your adventures exploring at Hedge Creek Falls with a stay at the Mossbrae Hotel in Dunsmuir. The hotel is located in Dunsmuir’s historic district, and it’s within walking distance of restaurants, cafes, and cute shops. The hotel is also a short drive to the falls.

– Directions & Trail Details: Hedge Creek Falls are peaceful, quiet, and easily accessible from Interstate 5 during all seasons. However, cell reception is spotty near the falls, so write down directions before you go adventuring. Directions and trail details can be found here.

– Good Eats: Dunsmuir has excellent eats! If you’re in the mood for something sweet, go to The Dough Hook for a cinnamon roll, and pair your sweet treat with a cup of locally roasted Northbound Coffee. If you’re in the mood for something more filling head to The Wheelhouse or YAKS on the 5. You can read about my recent dining experience at YAKS here. In short, the food is delicious, and the servers are incredibly friendly. Check out Café Maddalena if you’re in the mood for an upscale dining experience (reservations recommended).

– More Adventures: Hedge Creek Falls is near the Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens, and I recommend visiting the gardens. It’s a beautiful place to walk, fish, and take photos of the rhododendrons, ferns, Japanese maples, and more. Plus the gardens are dog-friendly!

After you’ve explored Hedge Creek Falls and the Botanical Gardens, head out for a waterfall themed photography adventure. Read the Top 5 Instagrammable Waterfalls in Siskiyou for additional adventure ideas.