Mt. Shasta - Faery Falls

Ney Springs Road
Mt. Shasta, California 96067
Siskiyou County

Located just outside of Mt. Shasta City, Faery Falls is a beautiful forty foot waterfall that is acceessible from an easy, less than two mile round-trip hike.  
The hike up to the falls is peaceful and shady and you're treated to the calming sounds of Ney Springs Creek as you walk.  There is pooling water at the base of the falls that allow you to dip your toes into the cool water and plenty of places to sit and enjoy the site and sounds of this waterfall. 

How to get there:

From I-5, take the Central Mt. Shasta exit and go west.  Take a left at the stop sign (the Sisson Museum and Mt. Shasta Fish Hatchery will be directly in front of you) and then take a right on W.A. Barr Road where you will go by Lake Siskiyou.  Turn left onto Castle Lake Road and just a short distance later, take Ney Springs Road, which only goes left.  Stay on Ney Springs Road about 1 mile and the road will split; this is where you want to park.  There is parking on the left and you want to begin your hike on the road on the right.  
*take a look at the photos below to see what the parking area and trailhead look like. 
The trail:

The trail itself is about 1.5 miles round-trip.  It's a moderate incline up to the falls and the abundance of trees offer plenty of shade even on the sunniest of days.  You will see some old ruins along the trail from a former resort as you walk.  Less than a quarter mile past the ruins, which will be obvious along the trail, there will be a trail leading down to your left and to the waterfall.  It's the second trail to the left after you pass the ruins.
More info:
The water is a little chilly but feels so good on your feet.  Take your shoes off and enjoy the sensation it creates. 
Other things to do in the area:
Continue up Castle Lake Road and enjoy the beauty of Castle Lake, a small but pretty incredible place to picnic, kayak, swim and more.  Shastice Park and Mt. Shasta City Park are also fun places to hang out and enjoy an afternoon. 
*Click on the photos below to enlarge them

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