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Best trails in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

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Looking for a great trail in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, California? AllTrails has 24 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 16 moderate trails in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area ranging from 2.3 to 22.1 miles and from 935 to 3,028 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

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.

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Map of trails in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
Park information
Acreage:
782,014 acres
Park hours
Monday
All day
Tuesday
All day
Wednesday
All day
Thursday
All day
Friday
All day
Saturday
All day
Sunday
All day
Contact
(530) 246-1225
Top trails (24)
#1 - Whiskeytown Falls Trail
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 36 m
NOTE: Parts of upper falls may be closed periodically. Check with the park for hours or closures. A short hike reaching the impressive 220 foot cascading waterfall that is Whiskeytown Falls. WhiskeytShow more
#2 - Potem Falls Trail
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
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Length: 0.4 mi • Est. 14 m
Potem Falls is a stunning waterfall. It is narrow at the top and fans out at the bottom as it plunges 69 ft. off a cliff into the Pit River arm of Lake ShastaShow more
#3 - Bailey Cove Loop Trail
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 12 m
Note: $7 fee for day use.Show more
#4 - Crystal Creek Falls
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 24 m
Crystal Creek Falls is a 0.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Shasta, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walkShow more
#5 - Mount Shasta Mine Loop Trail
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 32 m
Mount Shasta Mine Loop Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near French Gulch, California that features a river. The trail is rated as moderate and offers a number of activity Show more
#6 - Davis Gulch Trail
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 3 h 7 m
The Carr fire greatly damaged the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. A good portion of this particular trail (renamed to Davis Gulch Trail), which winds along the reservoir shoreline, survived, andShow more
#7 - Mule Mountain Pass
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
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Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 3 h 55 m
Look for mountain bikes either chuffing uphill or, especially, rolling downhill on this sometimes narrow trail. Whether you start at the Meiner's Loop or Wintu Loop parking areas, expect to see abundShow more
#8 - Backbone Ridge Trail
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
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Length: 17.1 mi • Est. 8 h 43 m
Backbone Ridge Trail is a 17.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lakehead, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking anShow more
#9 - Clear Creek Vista Trail
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 1 h 57 m
Clear Creek Vista Trail is a 4.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near French Gulch, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity oShow more
#10 - Mule Ridge Trail
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
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Length: 14.5 mi • Est. 7 h 5 m
Challenging day hike. Great views. Watch out for ticks. Show more
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