Whiskeytown Falls Trail is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Whiskeytown, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September.
A short hike reaching the impressive 220 foot cascading waterfall that is Whiskeytown Falls. Whiskeytown National Recreation Area has been a popular destination for many years, and Whiskeytown Lake's 36 miles of shoreline boasts great opportunities for fishing, sailing, kayaking and waterskiing. Hikers are now finding the park in increasing numbers, and many are finding their way to Whiskeytown Falls. For several decades this series of waterfalls over 220ft in height was a closely guarded secret, and possibly so secret according to reports that at one time the National Park Service might have actually misplaced its location. Today it's hard to miss the signs leading to Whiskeytown Falls, which lie just a few miles west of the lake on Crystal Creek Road.
A short climb (about a mile and a half to be exact) but pretty the entire way. Surrounded by water and the sounds of it. And then you get to the falls and it becomes a miniature version of the mist trail with the slippery stairs and the water spray! Very pretty!
One of my all time favorite hikes!!
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.
It's a great trail I have hiked it many times and it's so awesome every time
Most of it was shaded which I love. Waterfall was a nice at the end
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.
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.
Nice hike. A little steep in a couple places but worth seeing the falls.
Nice hike to take your family on for the weekend.
A little workout going up. Totally worth it. The waterfalls were amazing and a great place to eat lunch.
I loved it
Very nice trail with multiple spots to stop and rest along the way. The falls at the end are absolutely beautiful. Very easy to do at your own pace. Dog friendly and family friendly.
To get here from Redding, drive west on hwy 299, past Whiskeytown lake, then turn left on Crystal Creek Rd. Drive for just over 3 miles to the parking area. We took 4 children (aged 5-9) and did the entire hike in 1 hour and 50 minutes, including some play time at the falls. Bring warm clothes, especially during the fall/winter. It gets 15-20 colder on this trail than down in Redding.