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Wagon Creek Falls

Wagon Creek Falls

Wagon Creek Falls is among the least known waterfalls in the Mount Shasta area. It is part of a special group of beautiful but utterly unappreciated waterfalls that includes some gems on Mount Shasta, a few specimens deep in the Castle Crags and a couple of surprising falls on the South Fork of Castle Creek among a few others. Under normal circumstances, each of these would be the destination of a popular trail, but now they are shrouded in anonymity and left to their own, wild devices. What is missed with Wagon Creek Falls is a plunge with classic waterfall lines. Pouring through a notch in a serpentine cliff, Wagon Creek Falls is a tall, rectangular cataract. Its lines are reminiscent of Vernal Falls in Yosemite, albeit much smaller. It is about 35-40 feet high and though not a world-beater when it comes to size, it remains a very beautiful falls nonetheless. As a bonus, there is another, shorter and less classic waterfall just upstream. The pair makes a great 1-2 punch for those who favor falling water.

Getting there:

Unfortunately, the upper section of Wagon Creek is difficult to reach. There is no doubt that this has, in part, contributed to its anonymity, and to the anonymity of Wagon Creek Falls. The cascades and the waterfalls can be approached from a couple of directions, both of which are long and in some cases, gruelingly steep journeys. For those how make the trek, they are rewarded with one of the most wild and beautiful and powerful creeks in the region. The falls can be accessed via Wagon Creek from the Mt. Eddy Bowl.

Photo Credit: hikemtshasta.com

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Wagon Creek Falls

Wagon Creek Falls is among the least known waterfalls in the Mount Shasta area. It is part of a special group of beautiful but utterly unappreciated waterfalls that includes some gems on Mount Shasta, a few specimens deep in the Castle Crags and a couple of surprising falls on the South Fork of Castle Creek among a few others. Under normal circumstances, each of these would be the destination of a popular trail, but now they are shrouded in anonymity and left to their own, wild devices. What is missed with Wagon Creek Falls is a plunge with classic waterfall lines. Pouring through a notch in a serpentine cliff, Wagon Creek Falls is a tall, rectangular cataract. Its lines are reminiscent of Vernal Falls in Yosemite, albeit much smaller. It is about 35-40 feet high and though not a world-beater when it comes to size, it remains a very beautiful falls nonetheless. As a bonus, there is another, shorter and less classic waterfall just upstream. The pair makes a great 1-2 punch for those who favor falling water.

Getting there:

Unfortunately, the upper section of Wagon Creek is difficult to reach. There is no doubt that this has, in part, contributed to its anonymity, and to the anonymity of Wagon Creek Falls. The cascades and the waterfalls can be approached from a couple of directions, both of which are long and in some cases, gruelingly steep journeys. For those how make the trek, they are rewarded with one of the most wild and beautiful and powerful creeks in the region. The falls can be accessed via Wagon Creek from the Mt. Eddy Bowl.

Photo Credit: hikemtshasta.com