Exploring California – My Visit to Hedge Creek Falls in Dunsmuir
Dunsmuir is a city about 3.5 hours north of Sacramento via the I-5 North. It’s a small city if measured by population – there is only a little over 1,500 residents – but there is a lot of things to do if you love nature. Once can go fishing, camping, as well as hiking.
Last October, we got the chance to visit this city. My brother wanted to come here for his birthday and we couldn’t have picked a wetter weekend to visit! It rained so much the weekend we were there. We tried to wait it out a bit at Dunsmuir Brewery Works but there was no sign of the rain stopping.
We had planned a couple of hikes but had to scrap the one to Mossbrae Falls as they closed the trail. Luckily, we still got to see another one called the Hedge Creek Falls.
Hedge Creek was a much shorter hike, less than a mile, so we went there instead. From I-5 Northbound, take the 732/Siskiyou Ave exit. Make a left on Siskiyou Ave and right on Mott Rd. Do not drive too fast as the parking is right around the corner on the right. There are just a few parking spaces, not a big parking lot. Walk across the street and you will see a gazebo. Continue walking to the right and you will see a sign to the falls. Follow the downward sloping path until you reached Hedge Creek Falls.
My sister and I walked to behind it to get a different perspective. It can pretty slippery in this area so please be careful.
On this trip, we stayed at the Best Western Tree Plus Tree House in Mount Shasta. I really liked this hotel. It had a warm cabin sort of feel to it. The panels, stairs, and trims were made of wood, which gave the impression of the interior of a tree house. Our rooms had high ceilings, and the beds were comfortable.
Other than the weather, we really liked this area. I think is probably to visit in late spring, summer, or early fall. If you love the outdoors, I would definitely recommend this area to visit!
More about: Dunsmuir, CA: http://www.dunsmuir.com/
Mount Shasta, CA: http://mtshastachamber.com/