Northern California April 24, 2017
The Secret Waterfall In Northern California That Most People Don’t Know About
With all the rain and snow Northern California received this winter, it’s going to be an ideal season for waterfall enthusiasts. If you don’t mind a fun little walk, you should definitely check out this pleasant hike to Hedge Creek Falls near Dunsmuir.
If you are driving along I-5, you might miss this wonderful hidden gem. It's tucked away and is often overlooked for some of the larger falls in the area. We think it's pretty spectacular, however.
As you are drving from Dunsmuir on I-5 begin to climb up toward Mount Shasta, you may notice signs proclaiming the park at Hedge Creek Falls. Although many travelers may be curious about the waterfall, they often do not stop and continue on toward the giant volcano further up the highway.
We suggest making this little detour. It's well worth it! This is a short but pretty little hike and you will love the hidden waterfall tucked away into the mountain side.
The path to Hedge Creek Falls begins at a small picnic area that is situated just across the road from the parking area. There you will find a table, gazebo, and water fountain.
From here, the trail goes downhill at a very moderate slope. It's less than a mile round trip. (.7 mile total).
On your hike back up, you will gain only about 200 feet in elevation. It's one of the most accessible hikes in the area.
The falls, of course, are what truly make your walk worthwhile. The falls are a tributary of the Sacramento River and fall about 30-35 feet into a small pool.
The coolest thing about this spot is the small cave right behind this spot that you can crawl into. Rumor has it that a bank robber in the 1870's even hid out in this cave for a while!
Hedge Creek Falls are also known as "Million Dollar Falls" because when Interstate 5 was first built, original construction plans called for Hedge Creek Falls to be buried beneath the freeway. Local residents complained so bitterly that the highway was relocated further into the hill. The total cost of this relocation was around a million dollars.
Check out this lovely video made by YouTube User
Are you ready to get hiking? Enjoy the experience! For more waterfall fun in Northern California, you should read the
Perfect Weekend Itinerary If You Love Exploring Northern California’s Waterfalls.