Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to visit Mossbrae Falls, a remarkable waterfall tucked away in the charming town of Dunsmuir, Northern California. While it may not be the largest waterfall in terms of size, what sets Mossbrae Falls apart is its unique source of water, fed by natural underground springs. Unlike traditional river-fed or man-made waterfalls, Mossbrae Falls offers a distinctive and enchanting experience.
Standing at approximately 50 feet (15 meters) in height and 175 feet (53 meters) in width, Mossbrae Falls is a mesmerizing sight. The falls derive their water from springs that cascade down the canyon wall, creating a breathtaking display of multiple streams merging into the river below. This natural phenomenon adds to the falls’ allure, captivating all who visit.
Situated just south of the lower portion of Shasta Springs, Mossbrae Falls is an oasis of beauty and tranquility. However, it is important to note that the access to the falls via the mile-long hiking trail on the Union Pacific Railroad tracks is currently closed. This temporary closure is due to ongoing efforts by Union Pacific and the City of Dunsmuir to establish a safer route for visitors to reach the falls. While this may be disappointing for eager adventurers, it is essential to prioritize safety and preserve the natural wonders of Mossbrae Falls.
For those seeking a lasting memento of their visit to Mossbrae Falls, prints are available for purchase. Owning a print allows you to relive the awe-inspiring beauty of the falls and cherish the memories created during your visit.
Mossbrae Falls is a testament to the remarkable natural wonders that Northern California has to offer. Its unique water source and picturesque surroundings make it a must-visit destination for nature enthusiasts and explorers alike. Although the current closure of the hiking trail may hinder immediate access, it is undoubtedly worth the wait to experience the magic of Mossbrae Falls once it reopens with a safer and more accessible route.
In the meantime, let us cherish the beauty of Mossbrae Falls through photographs and eagerly anticipate the opportunity to witness its splendor in person.