A woman who was struck and injured by a freight train in November while hiking to Mossbrae Falls along the railroad tracks is a reminder that it’s not only dangerous, but also illegal to take that path.

A woman who was struck and injured by a freight train in November while hiking to Mossbrae Falls along the railroad tracks is a reminder that it’s not only dangerous, but also illegal to take that path.

Hiking along the railroad tracks to get to Mossbrae Falls, as shown in the photo right, is trespassing, according to Union Pacific spokesperson Aaron Hunt.

It can be dangerous, too.

Last November a freight train struck a woman hiking along the tracks to the falls. She suffered a serious head injury but, according to Hunt, she is doing well and on her way to complete recovery.

In the wake of that incident, UP says it is redoubling its efforts to get the word out that no one should be on any tracks at any time. Said Hunt, “We work very hard to make sure people know railroad tracks are dangerous.”

He said it’s illegal to walk along the railroad right of way. “Union Pacific police work with local law enforcement,”?Hunt said. “They have the power to enforce the law.” That could include fines of up to $300.

Efforts have begun to create a legal path to the falls. Last year, the Union Pacific Foundation donated $10,000 to extend the Hedge Creek Falls trail across the river and up to Mossbrae Falls.

The project has started, but it’s expected to take a while.