Another "easy" hike in Dunsmuir California leads you to Mossbrae Falls. We really did think this was going to be easy, until we realized that the trail is right beside the railroad tracks. This presented an interesting mental challenge considering there were some narrow, steep sections of trail where there wasn't very much room to dodge the train. But, we figured that we'd hear the train from miles away and have plenty of time to move out of it's way IF a train did happen to pass by. Well, as it turns out, a train did come, and we had ~10 seconds of warning before it roared past us. We were able to duck along the steep embankment and watch as it lumbered by. After the train passed, we quickly walked the last half mile to see the falls. They're beautiful, and we would have liked to stay longer but the light was dwindling and we still had to hike back. It's interesting how when I look at this picture, I think of loud trains. Really gives credence to the saying, "it's not the destination, but the journey..."
From Road Trip to Oregon and Northern California - 2007