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Wherever the Water Falls

05/18/2018 02:48PM ● By Emily Miranda

Top Ten Waterfalls in the North State

May 2018
By Emily J. Miranda
A LIGHT MIST upon your skin, a gentle wisp of fresh mountain air, the roaring torrent of water as it free falls down a cliff crashing into the pool below—this is nature at its finest.  Wild and stunning, beautiful and free, a waterfall awakens fear and admiration in the heart of its audience.  Its enchantment rejuvenates, revives ones sense of wonder, keeping you perfectly content in the present moment, as if freezing all time outside of its secluded sanctuary.  This is the beauty of living in the North State, of living in such a place where nature’s finest is easily accessible, of living so near to such spellbinding allure. 
There are waterfalls of plenty here, several sanctuaries of bewitching wonder to be found and explored in the North State.  And this is why we asked you, our readers, to nominate your favorite nearby waterfalls to visit, coming up with the top ten:
 
1. Burney Falls      
            Location:
            McArthur–Burney Falls Memorial State Park
            24898 Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway 
            Burney, CA 96013
                                   
2. Mossbrae Falls*
            Location:
            Siskiyou County 
            Dunsmuir, CA96025

 *Disclaimer: Hiking to this falls is trespassing. If you choose to hike to Mossbrae, you’re doing so at your own risk, so please be cautious and aware of your surroundings.  Fines can be as much as $300.
                        
3. McCloud Falls
            Location:
            Upper Fall Rd
            McCloud, CA 96057
 
4. Potem Falls            
            Location:
            Forest Service: Shasta Lake Ranger Station
            14225 Holiday Road 
            Redding, CA 96003
 
5. Hedge Creek Falls  
            Location:
            4131 Dunsmuir Ave             
            Dunsmuir, CA 96025
 
6. Whiskeytown Falls
            Location:
            James K. Carr Trailhead
            French Gulf, CA 96033
 
7. Brandy Creek Falls
            Location:
            Brandy Creek Falls   
            Igo, CA 96047
 
8. Kings Creek Falls
            Location:
            Kings Creek Falls­­, Lassen Volcanic National Park
            38050 Hwy 36 E 
            Mineral, CA 96061
 
9. Faery Falls
            Location:
            Ney Springs Box Canyon Trailhead 
            Mt. Shasta, CA 96067
 
10. Boulder Creek Falls
            Location:
            Boulder Creek Trail
            Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area 
            Whiskeytown, CA 96095
 
As you adventure out this summer, be aware of the risks and possible dangers of hiking some of the above-mentioned trails.  As you explore and discover some of these breathtaking sanctuaries for yourself, embrace the scenic moments and let the wonder of nature speak for itself.  Happy hiking!
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