McCloud Waterfalls Hike on Saturday, May 22

It’s time to enjoy more of our local waterfalls before all the tourists arrive. The Mt. Shasta Trail Association invites you to join us on this easy 4-mile roundtrip river trail in the McCloud Falls area.

We will begin our hike along the McCloud River at the powerful, shooting Lower Falls, originally named Nurum-wit-ti-dekki (falls where the salmon turn back) by the native Wintu Indians. From here we will walk upstream to the impressive, cascading Middle Falls, 70 feet wide and 35 feet high.  Then on to Upper Falls and finally to the clear cold waters behind Lakin Dam.

This event is free of charge. Meet at the fish hatchery where Lake Street meets Old Stage Road in Mount Shasta (central exit) on Saturday, May 22, at 9am, and bring lunch and water. We will return about 3 pm. Further questions, Call Joan Roemer 926 0647.

Lower McCloud Falls Plunge. Photo by John Soares
Lower McCloud Falls Plunge. Photo by John Soares

Root Creek Falls Hike Report

The May 8th Mount Shasta Trail Association hike to Root Creek Falls in Castle Crags was a huge success with over 30 people participating.

Thanks to everyone who made the trek that day, and keep watching here, in the Mount Shasta newspaper, and your inbox (if you’re a member) for details of upcoming hikes.

If you went, you saw this. If you didn’t, here’s what you missed.

Root Creek Falls and Castle Crags. (Photo by Joan Roemer)
Root Creek Falls and Castle Crags. (Photo by Jon Mikel Walton)

Hike to Ney Springs and Faery Falls on Saturday, April 17th

The Mt. Shasta Trail Association invites its members and the public to join in a two-mile round trip easy hike on Saturday, April 17th, to the historic Ney Springs resort site and the spectacular Faery Falls.

Ney Springs was discovered by John Ney in 1887. It became a destination health resort based on the mineral springs there. The water has a pH of 11.6 and a silica content of 4,000 parts per million, the highest values known to occur in natural ground waters. The resort consisted of a hotel that housed 50 guests, a bath house, and boardwalks that meandered through the wooded forest. There was also a carriage house, a barn and several piped spring enclosures. All that can be found there now is some masonry foundations and a small trickling stream under the tall pines. It’s a wonderful stretch of one’s imagination to envision a lively resort at this now tranquil site.

A short walk upstream from the resort ruins leads to nearby Faery Falls, where Ney Springs Creek crashes nearly 60 ft (18 m) down a granite cliff face, forming a clear pool at the bottom. It could be the tallest waterfall in Siskiyou County, and at this time of the year it will be running with a roar, so this will be a great photo op.

Participants will meet at the fish hatchery parking lot at 10 am to form carpools. Everyone should dress warmly in layers, pack a lunch and drinks, and expect to be back to the fish hatchery parking lot by 3 pm. There is no charge for participation in this event, and it is suitable for children. Please call trip leader Joan Roemer (926-0647) for more information.