Brandy Creek Trail

MODERATE 13 reviews

Brandy Creek Trail is a 4.8 mile out and back trail located near French Gulch, CA that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is accessible from March until August. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

4.9 miles 1246 feet Out & Back

dog friendly


mountain biking


nice hike along Brandy Creek, pretty waterfalls Brandy Creek Falls is a pretty little 30 ft. drop along Brandy Creek in the Whiskeytown Natl Recreation Area. In the spring, Brandy Creek is rushing fast with the snowmelt coming off of Shasta Bally. To get to the waterfall, you can take a short 2.6 mile (RT) hike after driving up the Shasta Bally Rd for 3.6 miles (off JFK Memorial Dr). Alternatively, you can take this longer 7.4 mile (RT) hike on the entire length of the Brandy Creek Trail. The Brandy Creek Trail climbs moderately along the creek, sometimes getting close to the creek, but mostly staying high above it. Don't miss seeing Lower Brandy Creek Falls, located 2.8 miles along the trail, just before the trail crosses Rich Gulch. The trail finally ends at a crossing of Brandy Creek, just below the main Brandy Creek Falls. It is not difficult to walk up beside the falls.

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4 months ago

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!

4 months ago

One of my favorite trails, very beautiful and nice to have Lil creeks all the way up

6 months ago

Hike this trail all the time, even when I was 6 months pregnant. One of my favorites.

7 months ago

9 months ago

Every time we go to Redding we alway make sure to dress as if we're going hiking and as we would have it we end up hiking up to the falls! We love the French Gulch and everything it has to to offer!

1 year ago

beautiful trail

2 years ago

Great hike. Hiked the brandy creek falls trail at the end of the trail . It added 3 miles to the hike but made it worth it . Saw a Black Bear on the trail. Plenty of water if u have a filtration system.

2 years ago

Great family hike with beautiful falls and cold, clean water. Some mosquito issues and we met a shy young black bear coming down.

2 years ago

Great morning or afternoon hike. Falls are beautiful and water is clean and cold. Some mosquito issues and a young black bear was encountered as we descended. Fairly easy for us over 50 folks.

3 years ago

make sure you have lots of water to drink on this trail! beautiful hike though

4 years ago

A nice trail that runs along creek most of the time. A couple of remote campspots along the trail with benches and firepits,bathroom. Lots of use trail keept pretty clear of brush. Lots of shade durring summer months. Brandy creek falls toward top of trail. Road access to waterfall and parking spot. Day use permit required anywhere in Whiskytown Lake park area. Swimming holes durring summer to cool off in.