Falling Water

With the long awaited heavy rains last winter, Northern California waterfalls are surging again. Here are a few lovely falls that all fall withing a ninety minute drive from the town of Redding in Shasta County.

Though Potem Creek Falls is hidden in a deep canyon, its reachable via a relatively easy  trail. Feather-shaped, its narrow at the top and fans out as it plunges 69 ft. off a cliff into the Pit River arm of Lake Shasta.  

Lion Slide Falls, or Hachet Creek Falls as it’s known by locals, is reachable via trail that begins just a short distance from Big Bend Road.

Burney Falls is a 129-foot waterfall fed year-round by underground springs that never runs slow. In fact, it pumps more than 100 million of gallons of water daily.

Hedge Creek Falls on Hedge Creek in Dunsmuir, due north of the town of Redding, can be accessed via a short hiking trail, starting at a small park just off the Dunsmuir Ave exit on Interstate 5. There’s a small cave located just behind the waterfall, allowing you to walk behind the cascading water and a platform over the river offering a superb view of Mount Shasta.

Wilbur Hot Springs


A sanctuary and spa since 1865, Wilbur Hot Springs sits at the end of a long road in a remote valley about two hours northeast of San Francisco. The springs here are a special retreat for those who want to be immersed in bone-warming, detoxifying and revivifying waters, surrounded by expansive views of rolling hills, where deer stir almost imperceptibly in the shade. Watch turkey vultures looms, and dragonflies hum in the absence of a breeze. Clothing is optional while taking the healing waters at this haven for silence, rejuvenation, reflection and inspiration.