Whiskeytown Falls Trail

Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area - Whiskeytown Unit, California

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Whiskeytown Falls Trail is a hiking trail in Shasta County, California. It is within Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area - Whiskeytown Unit. It is 1.1 miles long and begins at 2,809 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,073 feet.
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Whiskeytown Falls Trail is a hiking trail in Shasta County, California. It is within Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area - Whiskeytown Unit. It is 1.1 miles long and begins at 2,809 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,073 feet.
Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area - Whiskeytown Unit
Distance: 1.1
Elevation Gain: 1,073 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 2,809 feet
Top Elevation: 2,817 feet
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to Whiskeytown Falls Trail
Parks: Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area - Whiskeytown Unit
Elevation Min/Max: 2206/2817 ft
Elevation Start/End: 2809/2809 ft
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Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

A relentless climb up an old logging road leads to a waterfall that once was a well-kept secret. As you make your way up the unforgiving trail to Whiskeytown Falls, you may assume that the nonstop climbing was what screened this waterfall from common knowledge for more than 40 years.

Not so, according to park literature: Loggers working in the rugged forest when it was in private hands undoubtedly knew of the falls, as did rangers in the 1960s, when the land was preserved as a national recreation area.

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Best Dog Hikes Northern California

Best Dog Hikes Northern California

This reasonably shady for summer, peaceful hike along a well- groomed dirt trail follows Mills Creek into a box canyon to the base of the falls. The trail ends at a short, narrow, and steep path of steps carved into the rock with a metal railing to a falls overlook.

The Whiskeytown Falls hike is one of many excursions available to you and your pooch. The trail starts downhill along an old logging road and across a new bridge that stands over the west fork of Crystal Creek. The shady trail levels off until the junction for Mill Creek Trail and Whiskeytown Falls. Bear right to Whiskeytown Falls, and as you walk up the steep, narrow canyon, just try to imagine this as a roadbed with caravans of logging trucks ferrying loads of Douglas fir, pine, and cedar—it’s not easy to do.

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Best Hikes With Dogs: San Francisco Bay Area and Beyond

Best Hikes With Dogs: San Francisco Bay Area and Beyond

It would be a serious lapse in judgment to write a hiking guide with trails in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area and leave out this little hike up to the park’s namesake waterfall, Whiskeytown Falls.

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A Hiking and Backpacking Guide: Trinity Alps & Vacinity

A Hiking and Backpacking Guide: Trinity Alps & Vacinity

In this day and age, “losing” a significant waterfall is hard to imagine, but that’s exactly what occurred with Whiskeytown Falls. In 2004 park biologist Russ Weatherbee rediscovered the falls, not as he stumbled across the dramatic cascade in the field but as he was examining some aerial photos in his office. Subsequently, Weatherbee and a fellow National Park Service geologist, Brian Rasmussen, hiked to the falls and confirmed what had been seen on the photos.

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Redding, California

Best Easy Day Hikes: Redding, California

If you’re ready for an adventure, then trek up to Whiskeytown Falls, but bring along a well-rested body and maybe even some energy bars for the climb. The 1.7-mile one-way trail hikes steadily up a decomposed granite path paralleling beautiful Crystal Creek, in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. Just when you think you can’t take another step up the 700-foot grade, you arrive at exhilarating Whiskeytown Falls, a large flow that crashes vigorously along a lengthy series of rocky rapids.

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May 2018