One of the more scenic waterfalls in Northern California is the panoramic 50′ high and 150′ wide Mossbrae Falls fed by springs that cascade down the canyon wall into the Upper Sacramento River. The majestic falls is a mile hike along the Upper Sacramento River and Pacific Union’s railroad tracks. Mossbrae Falls Trail is CLOSED (8/15/12) until further notice.
Located at the end of an easy 5-minute walk down a beautiful mossy, wooded trail. The quiet beauty of the falls grows until it completely overtakes the viewer. While you are here, explore the small “cave” behind the falls. Legend has it that stagecoach robber, Black Bart, hid out there from a posse. Cozy Hedge Creek Park is the starting off point for your walk to the falls. Bring a picnic and a camera! The park offers spectacular views of Mount Shasta, the Upper Sacramento River, our canyon, trees, and trains… everything that makes our are a special.
Castle Crags is 3 miles south of town, offer a wide variety of technical climbs. The State Park offers swimming and fishing in the Upper Sacramento River. Castle Crags offers 28 miles of back country hiking trails including the Pacific Crest Trail passing through the park. the park is named for the 6,000′ tall glacier-polished crags.
Mt. Shasta, the 14,162′, picturesque volcano challenges novice and experienced mountaineers. The view offers sites of four states and the Pacific Ocean. Mount Shasta has formed the most fascinating and some of the largest caves to be explored.
Lake Siskiyou is a reservoir used for watershed protection, flood control, and local recreation. Various fishing, swimming, and boating sites are easily available on the north side of the lake. On the South side of the lake locals and visitors enjoy the Reynold’s Resort for a small day use fee. Bathrooms, showers, camping, RV parking, cabins, boating, beach area with kids park, and concessions store are available at the resort.
Castle Lake is the largest and deepest alpine lake in the area offering water sports, picnicking, hiking, camping, and swimming. Castle Lake is a glacial lake, and home to a wide variety of animals and plants: trout, bears, deer, otters, frogs, osprey, red columbine, fawn lily, and shasta pentstemon. Castle lake is also home to the Limnological Research Station (affiliate of UC Davis).
McCloud River Falls
The Upper McCloud is a popular destination for kayakers. There is an improved campground called Fowlers on the Upper McCloud. The Upper McCloud above Upper Falls is rarely stocked, and locating the fish often proves to be a challenge to most avid anglers, while the section from Lower Falls to Upper Falls is stocked and is open to bait fishing. The Lower McCloud is generally a fly/artificial lure fishery and catch and release fishing is greatly encouraged.
Pluto’s Cave is located 12 miles east of Weed, California. Simply take I-5 North of Dunsmuir, take the HWY 97 East 12 miles, turn onto Road A12 West (Left) 3 miles. Watch for the “Pluto Caves” sign. Turn left down the unpaved road and park to explore the caves.