Root Creek Falls

Castle Crags Wilderness

Mount Shasta + Medicine Lake Area, California

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Root Creek Falls


  • Climbing carefully into the ravine at Root Creek Falls.- Root Creek Falls
  • One of the many "zen" pools in the ravine. - Root Creek Falls
  • Multiple small unique falls along the creek on the way in.- Root Creek Falls
  • From the ledge looking at Root Creek Falls and the crags.- Root Creek Falls
  • On the trail to Root Creek Falls.- Root Creek Falls
  • Signs make it easy.- Root Creek Falls
  • The trail to Root Creek Falls.- Root Creek Falls
  • Follow the signs either way you come in. - Root Creek Falls
Overview + Weather
Secluded. Multiple entrance options. A lot of shade.
Dangerous ledges.
Mount Shasta + Medicine Lake Area, CA
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Net Elevation Gain: 
700.00 ft (213.36 m)
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
5.00 mi (8.05 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
2,600.00 ft (792.48 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description


Another hidden gem in the Northern California area, Root Creek Falls is located within the Castle Crags Wilderness and offers an extremely cool view and falls. Cascading from the creek above, the creek falls through four separate drops and into the pools below each one. From straight on it looks like one massive cascading fall, but if you are willing to climb above or even into the ravine, you'll see the separate pools and the great personality of these falls.

There are two options to get in. You can pay the parking fee and have an easy, flat hike in to the steep uphill section, or you can park at the Soda Creek exit and enter on the PCT, which adds more climbing and about another mile (but is free). Once you hit the end of the level section you'll reach a small use trail continuing up into the woods. This trail climbs about 400 feet for another half-mile until you hit the loud falls. Once at the falls, enjoy the view from a precarious overlook, hike up to the higher falls, or hike into the ravine! If you do venture into the ravine, be prepared for some thrilling scrambling and light bouldering, be prepared to get wet, and be prepared to relax and enjoy this local hidden secret!

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