Whiskeytown Falls Trail

MODERATE 18 reviews

Whiskeytown Falls Trail is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Whiskeytown, CA that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until September.

2.8 miles 875 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

It's just a short hike reach the impressive 220ft 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. Both long and tall, Whiskeytown Falls is a location that's hard to capture in photography, which gives you all the more incentive to explore it for yourself.

1 month ago

It's a great trail I have hiked it many times and it's so awesome every time

2 months ago

Most of it was shaded which I love. Waterfall was a nice at the end

hiking
2 months ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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.

hiking
5 months ago

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.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice hike. A little steep in a couple places but worth seeing the falls.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice hike to take your family on for the weekend.

7 months ago

A little workout going up. Totally worth it. The waterfalls were amazing and a great place to eat lunch.

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8 months ago

I loved it

8 months ago

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9 months ago

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.

hiking
11 months ago

1 year ago

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.

1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

It's a moderate hike to a pretty little waterfall. Several benches to stop at if you need. There's 2 spots on the trail that are fairly steep but otherwise not too bad.

1 year ago

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3 years ago

this trail is mostly uphill. it has several stone benches on yhe path too rest. b4ing a sweatshirt if going in the fall, once your in tje canyon it does get breezy. perfect place to take a lunch. we completed in 1 1/2 hrs even stiooing for 20 minutes for lunch and too enjoy the scenery.