When it comes to natural wonders, Mount Shasta in Northern California has a lot to offer. One of the most captivating features of this picturesque region is its stunning waterfalls.
Here are four must-visit waterfalls in the Mount Shasta area that we love and are sure to leave you in awe!
4 Mount Shasta Waterfalls You Have to Visit
Below are the four waterfalls you can visit near Mount Shasta, starting with the closest, Hedge Creek Falls, and ending with the furthest (but most spectacular), Burney Falls!
Waterfall chasing is one of the best things to do around Mount Shasta, but you should note all of these falls do require a hike to get to, so get your shoes laced up before heading out.
1. Hedge Creek Falls
10 minutes from Mount Shasta
Distance: 0.6 miles
Trail Type: Out & Back
Elevation Gain: 160 feet
Hedge Creek Falls offers a unique and accessible experience for waterfall enthusiasts. Located near the town of Dunsmuir, this waterfall is just a short walk from the parking area.
As you follow the well-maintained trail, you’ll have the opportunity to walk behind the curtain of water, its most unique feature! It’ll cool you off on a hot and sunny California day.
The falls drop into a rocky and mossy grotto, adding a touch of enchantment to your visit. Try to visit during spring and early summer to see it at its best!
2. Faery Falls
13 minutes from Mount Shasta
Distance: 1.4 miles
Type of Trail: Out & Back
Elevation Gain: 225 feet
Hidden away in the Castle Crags Wilderness, Faery Falls is a magical gem that’s probably the least visited on this list (for some reason!?). I had it to myself during my visit!
This waterfall near Mount Shasta is a relatively short hike from the trailhead, making it accessible for hikers of all skill levels. As you follow the trail, you’ll be surrounded by lush greenery and the soothing sound of rushing water at the creek to your left.
Faery Falls itself is a serene and picturesque 41-foot waterfall that cascades into a crystal-clear pool below.
The road gets progressively worse as you approach the trailhead; don’t almost get stuck like I did! Just park and walk a bit extra.
3. McCloud Falls (3 Waterfalls in 1!)
35 minutes from Mount Shasta
Distance: 3.9 miles
Type of Trail: Out & Back
Elevation Gain: 337 feet
The McCloud River boasts a series of spectacular waterfalls collectively known as McCloud Falls. There are three distinct falls along the river: the Lower, Middle, and Upper Falls. Each has its unique character and beauty.
The Lower Falls offers a tranquil swimming hole, perfect for a refreshing dip on a warm day. The Middle Falls cascades gracefully over a wide ledge, and the Upper Falls rewards hikers with breathtaking views of the surrounding forest.
4. Burney Falls
1 hour from Mount Shasta
Distance: 1.1 miles
Type of Trail: Loop
Elevation Gain: 164 feet
Located within McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, this waterfall is fed by underground springs, creating a constant flow of crystal-clear water. As you approach Burney Falls, the thunderous roar becomes more pronounced, and you’ll be greeted by an incredible 129-foot tall, year-round waterfall!
The lush greenery surrounding Burney Falls adds to its enchanting charm, but really the mossy rocks that seep water really make this waterfall near Mount Shasta truly special. It almost looks like magic!
This has to be one of our favorite waterfalls in Northern California and maybe even the state?! Don’t miss out on this spot despite it being the further waterfall from Mount Shasta. You can also camp here!
What Else is Near Mount Shasta?
There’s a ton! Check out our other guide to the area:
- 15 Must-Do Mount Shasta Hikes!
- 13 Legendary Things To Do in Mount Shasta for Adventure Lovers
- Hiking Heart Lake Trail from Castle Lake Near Mount Shasta
- Exploring Pluto’s Cave Near Mount Shasta
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We hope this helped you plan your trip to chase waterfalls in Mount Shasta!
I’ve been perpetually traveling and living around the world for years but it’s hard to beat California and the PNW. After years of road-tripping the area, I guess you can say I know it pretty well! When I’m not writing guides for you, you can catch me somewhere petting a dog, attempting to surf, hiking a volcano, or stuffing my face with bread and cheese.