Just south of Mount Shasta, historic Dunsmuir is something of a hidden gem in Siskiyou County. Surrounded by sweeping mountain and forest vistas all year round, Dunsmuir is the perfect place to escape into the wilderness for a little rest and recharging. Read on for our picks on how to spend your next visit to Dunsmuir.
ENJOY THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Nestled in the shadow of the region’s crown jewel, Mount Shasta, Dunsmuir offers a wide variety of outdoor experiences for any intrepid explorer, whether you’re an expert hiker or only now purchasing your first pair of boots.
Nature lovers of all ages will appreciate the beauty of Hedge Creek Falls, and the best part? It’s a simple, short hike. Accessible via an easy trail, this hidden waterfall cascades into a cavern behind it, creating a unique and enchanting experience. The trailhead is conveniently located near the I-5 highway, making it an easy stop along your way into town. You’ll also be able to hike to a platform that hangs over the Sacramento River, providing you with a stunning view of Mount Shasta.
Although the phrase “city park” might call to mind images of modest playgrounds and picnic tables, Dunsmuir City Park has far more to offer. With over 14 acres of scenic areas to explore, this park, which runs adjacent to the Sacramento River, is a great place to take any sized gathering, whether you’re looking to enjoy some fresh air with a partner or you’re planning a family reunion. Located within the city park are the verdant Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens, which account for about 10 acres of the park’s total area. In the warmer months, you’ll find stunning native plants and flowers growing along the river trails, making this a perfect spot to snap some photos.
Open year-round, this 170-million-year-old landmark is accessible from a few different points. Head up the Vista Point trail, a fairly easy hike that most are able to navigate, to see these stunning rock formations as well as an epic view of Mount Shasta. Or, for a more challenging hike, you can follow Crags Trail, which takes you right to the base of the towering Castle Dome.
With such easy access to the Upper Sacramento River, you’d be missing out if you didn’t plan to spend an afternoon catching a fish or two for lunch. Head to Ted Fay Fly Shop to make sure you have everything you need — since 1950, this friendly, full-service destination shop has been providing downtown Dunsmuir with all its fishing needs. Once you’ve picked up all the fishing essentials, spend an afternoon trying to snag a Rainbow Trout, which swim in abundance through easily fishable areas of the Upper Sac River.
HIT THE TOWN
There’s plenty to find in the heart of Dunsmuir, whether you’re looking to attend some local events or simply to stroll through this historic town and absorb the small-town charm infused in every shop.
Starting in July, the Dunsmuir Farmers’ Market happens every Thursday evening. You can stroll dozens of stalls showcasing Dunsmuir’s finest local artisans and producers, and purchase everything from fresh vegetables to handmade jewelry. Dunsmuir also boasts a thriving local art scene, with several beautiful murals decorating downtown’s historic brick buildings. It’s also worth stopping into the Siskiyou Arts Museum, which features a wide variety of local artists’ work as well as several works of art and gifts available for purchase.
Dunsmuir’s got talent! While you’re here, see if you can catch a performance at the POPS and enjoy an evening of live music, visual art presentations, literary events and more. This gorgeous, historic space provides an acoustic experience like nowhere else, ensuring that, no matter what you’re there to see, each performance is a feast for your senses.
GRAB A BITE
After a full day of exploration and adventure, you’re sure to have worked up an appetite. Check out some of our favorite stops for a bite to eat while you’re in town.
Stop in for a craft cocktail or a glass of locally sourced beer, wine or coffee at this casual, laid-back bar. It’s the perfect stop for a quick refreshment, or to linger over a few drinks and some good conversation.
Settle in for a mouthwatering, seasonally-inspired meal in this eatery’s charming, intimate dining room. Their rotating menu showcases the best of what Siskiyou’s local producers have to offer with a focus on Southern European flavors. The result is a warm, welcoming meal you won’t soon forget.
Featured on the Yelp’s Top 100 List, Yaks On the 5 offers visitors some of the best burgers you’re likely to find in Northern California. All their products, from the salad dressings to the fresh pastries available every morning, are made in-house and from as many locally-sourced ingredients as possible. Before you leave, make sure to try one of their sticky buns — they’re world-famous.
Come for the food, stay for the board games! The Wheelhouse offers breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes alongside one of the largest craft beer selections in Siskiyou. You can rent one of their 300 available board games for $5 and turn a simple dinner into a fun, competitive activity everyone will enjoy.
If you’re a fan of craft beer and casual dining, Dunsmuir Brewery Works has you covered. This microbrew pub offers a variety of handcrafted beers paired with a menu featuring elevated bar bites. Gather with friends, enjoy the laid-back atmosphere and savor the local, housemade brews and delicious plates.
HOME AWAY FROM HOME
Whether you’re planning a solo getaway or a whole-family get together, Dunsmuir offers plenty of comfortable, inviting places to stay.
Head to Mossbrae Hotel to experience a unique fusion of historical charm and modern style all under one roof. This luxurious, full-service hotel has 6 beautiful rooms to choose from, each outfitted with every amenity you could need during your stay. This hotel is also pet-friendly, so there’s no need to leave your four-legged friends at home for this trip.
Ever wanted to stay the night in an antique railroad car? Even if you’ve never considered the idea before, Railroad Park Resort is worth the trip. The resort’s Caboose Motel offers visitors the chance to sleep right there in a restored antique car, surrounded by the stunning beauty of Dunsmuir’s natural environment. This one is an especially good choice if you’re traveling with kids, as they’ll love the novelty of such a special place to stay.
Enjoy an up close and personal stay in Dunsmuir’s beautiful outdoor environment at Cedar Pines RV Park. With 15 different sites to choose from and room to accommodate up to 60 ft. long rigs, you can settle anywhere in the park and enjoy all the surrounding area has to offer.
This multi-functional resort allows visitors to craft a “choose your own adventure” kind of stay. If you want a little more privacy and a stunning view, you can’t go wrong with a weekend — or two — spent in one of their luxury cabins, which offer all the fun of camping without sacrificing luxury. Watch the sun rise from a private terrace, and spend your evenings soaking in the hot tub. Or, you can spend your stay in Cave Springs’ boutique hotel, where each thoughtfully designed guest room has your comfort in mind. Go a little retro on your vacation and spend your days in the resort’s fully renovated Airstreams, which include cushy queen beds, full kitchens and full bathrooms.
There’s Plenty to Be Done in Dunsmuir
Don’t take our word for it — plan your visit to Dunsmuir today and find out for yourself just how much there is to explore in this charming historic town. Want to stay in the loop? Sign up for Discover Siskiyou’s newsletter and never miss an epic update.