Just west of Redding, Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation lies where the Klamath Mountain range and the Sacramento Valley come together. This recreation area is known for easily obtainable solitude and its rugged forest topography. There are ample opportunities to engage in a range of activities including rafting, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, climbing and many more.
If hills are hard for you then this trail is hard. If not it's more moderate in my opinion. Did it in my running shoes with my 6 year old Dobie who loved it, especially when he got to take a break in some fresh cold water. I will go back with the family, my 9 year old should be able to handle this one
Awesome spot to hang out and swim! not much of a hike because its just a zig-zag trail to the falls going down the side of the hill. you have to drive here unless you live nearby. too much traffic in the summer. used to be a local hang out that has been posted too many times so there is a lot of outsiders visiting; meaning dont be upset that the locals are upset with you!
Super fun drive to the top! The road is fierce but frequently traveled and easily passable in the right vehicle. We have 2012 Toyota Tacoma and had no problem getting to the top. You can see as far as Shasta Lake, Mt. Lassen, and are looking pretty much eye level with Mt. Shasta. We went on a hazy day and the views were still spectacular.
The hike itself isn't too special for most of the way, but the areas by the creek crossings and the ruins of the old residence were really pretty and neat. We went the longer route. Lots of poison oak (even right in the middle of the trail at times) so if you have kiddos, be sure they know what it is and to stay away. Didn't see any snakes but saw lots of lizards. The actual falls were incredibly peaceful and beautiful, and the rock formations were really fascinating. We climbed up the rock face up to the next level of the falls, which was fun and adventurous. The pool is a good one for kids to swim in, if they can last the entire hike. All in all, totally work the trek. I would say moderate is a good description of the difficulty. It's long.
I've hiked this twice now, both times starting at the gravel parking area, making it about a 3 mile round trip hike. Not too tough. A few steeper areas but plenty of areas where it levels out. Gets a little slippery in spots on rocks and with moss, but there's plenty to grab on to for keeping steady. At the falls, wade across or rock-hop to the other side and climb up to the upper pool area. So beautiful! Pretty well maintained. Lock your cars wherever you park, and bring bear spray. On my first hike there I saw a mom bear and her cub!
Steep and tough. We didn't start at Sheep Camp though, we drove up the road a ways. Started at about 3,800 elevation making it about 6 miles round trip. Thank goodness, or I'm not sure we would have made it. The first 3/4 mile for us we saw a 650' elevation gain. We had to stop frequently to catch our breath and get water. It seemed to be less steep about halfway through. There were a lot of bees along the ground and at one point we had to run through them. Stayed at the top for a bit to take in the amazing views. The trip down was hell on my hips and feet, but every bit of it was worth it. Took us about 4 hours round trip from where we started and we didn't see a single other person out there the whole time.
The only reason I'm giving it 4 stars is it's difficult to figure out which trail is the actual trailhead. There's two entrances, one making the hike significantly shorter. That sort of irritated me because I can make it up the other road just fine with my vehicle and a condensed hike would have been nice. However, I hiked the full 3.2 mile trek up to the falls, and it was still very beautiful and relatively easy for my skill level. Not much heavy terrain except rocks and a few steep hills. WATCH. FOR. SNAKES. I kept feeling like I was going to see one the whole time, and bam, finally ran into a gigantic one looking me directly in the eye smack dab in the middle of the trail basking. I'm crazy, so I kept walking and reached the falls. Absolutely gorgeous and worth it. Not much room to play and swim, but there will probably be no one there with you, so you'll have plenty of privacy and time to just sit and sulk. Ignore my recording time, I stopped a lot and forgot to pause. There's 3 creek crossings, all extremely easy and great places to rest. Bring bug spray, TONS of mosquitos in the shade.
Brutal, non-stop, stairmaster of a hike in terms of incline/elevation gain. There are places where the grade is so steep, some steps should be cut for hikers. Nevertheless it is a fire access and maintenance road intended for four-wheelers. You will likely see, smell and hear such recreational vehicles blowing by you as you continue your 3-4 hour ascent. Once you make it, the reward is stellar. You can climb granite boulders for a great southern view or peer easterly toward Redding and see the Sac and the friggin Sun Dial bridge with Lassen looming beyond. Phenomenal views.