The Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area is a United States National Recreation Area in northern California. It has a total of 203,587 acres (82,389 ha) of land, which is divided into three units, Whiskeytown, Shasta and Trinity. The recreation area was established in 1965 by the United States Congress. The National Park Service manages the Whiskeytown unit. The Shasta-Trinity National Forest surrounds the Shasta and Trinity units, so they are managed by the United States Forest Service. Recreational activities available include camping, fishing, swimming, boating and hiking.
Murphy (my dog) and I recently moved to the area and immediately found the Whiskeytown park very friendly to dogs. This trail was short but sweet. A terrific workout, well marked, challenges in the intermittent hills. We try to trail run mostly and this was very safe and very fun. Too late in the year (New Year's Eve) to get to access the final stretch to the left up the falls (closed for ice) but well worth it. Always check w Rangers at Welcome Center to see what's open and accessible since there are many spots w black ice and more in winter.
This trail is rated as moderate but I would say its difficult. mostly up hill to the falls. That being said its beautiful and worth the work. Lots of trees very shady hike. I do not have children but I would not recommend bringing young kids as the path gets narrow at certain points and again there are steep inclines. I do look forward to doing this again but being more prepared with more water and bugspray.
The trail is not too long, but it gets steep in areas. There are plenty of places to catch your breath though. Beautiful trail with places to get down to the creek along the way. It hooks up with the Mill Creek Trail too. The falls are amazing, the water cold, and it's worth bringing your lunch so you can stay and play a little.
Monica D. on Bailey Cove Loop Trail
Very pleasant and easy walk with lots of shade. Beautiful views of the lake, up close, throughout the whole walk. Easy access down to the water. We took our time with photos and sitting to enjoy the peace. We did it in 3 hours.
This is a well maintained trail that is deceptively demanding. There are 5 or more long, steep hills on the inbound trip. We are from out of the area. We met a local regular on the trail who feels this is the toughest hike in the Redding area. Having said that, I would definitely do it again. PS, the trail is closed between the upper and lower falls because the rock pathway is too slick from mist off the falls.