Explore the most popular trail running trails in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I feel this trail is a bit more challenging than moderate but the trail is well maintained. It was also closer the 3.5 miles round trip. The entire trail is beautiful but the real beauty starts about the last 1/2 mile or so when all of the waterfalls start getting bigger until you reach the large waterfall at the end. So worth the hike!

Easy Little hike up! Great for dogs and humans alike!

Be prepared for a lot of poison oak everywhere! Pretty views of the lake and still many wildflowers are about.

Excellent hike! Definitely not moderate if you’re not in shape (Was with people who aren’t in the greatest shape and they made it about halfway). Also, it’s more like a 3.5-4 mile hike. I’d say it would be more of a harder hike due to the steep inclines. Some areas are wet so I’d be careful it might be a little slippery. It’s dog friendly! Absolutely beautiful views! Stunning waterfall and we’d definitely do this hike again! Well worth the hike!!

hiking
29 days ago

Great hike overall. Finding the top of Mule Mountain can prove somewhat difficult, as there are a number of branching points along the trail. Solid view of Whiskey Town from the top. (Hiked January 2017)

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail with awesome views... very surprised with the negative review. The trail is very good with clay and rock base and very firm footing with awesome views of the lake. Far better than most... The only possible negative for me was the 1st 1/2 you're hearing the noise from I-5 but the positive is it's very close. The backside of the hike is across from probably the largest fresh water marina I've seen. The main dock was way over 1/4 mile long. Also surprising was how different the growth and type of trees from the north and south side of hike was. I did another trail just a couple of miles away called Waters Gulch. Didn't notice a fee box so hopefully a ticket won't follow me home...

Beautiful trail, pretty shaded. The fall is absolutely gorgeous, hiking to the falls is almost uphill the entire way but the trail is well maintained with resting benches if needed. Took my dog and she did great :)

We were only there for an hour. And there was no way for anyone to keep track of the fees. So we ran onto the woods. Beautiful. Probably would be sketchy with kids or older people. There were a lot of lizards on the sunny side. And you’d prob want to watch for other possible reptiles. Great views of the lake. A great trail to stretch your legs on, if your on a long drive. We were traveling back to WA, from CA, and is was right off the freeway. Quick access on, and off. If you have charcoal and food, you could bbq at the pits that are available. Picnic tables and all.

Awesome! We started at the trailhead by the sign. The first third of the trail was kinda blah, goes right next to a paved road on several sections. But once you hit the old mine (fenced off and apparently filled in) the scenery gets beautiful and you follow several different creeks and hit a few waterfalls (at least in March). The last third has you gaining elevation and skirting around some peaks, and winding back down to the parking lot. We ran into one other hiker and 2 mountain bikers during our couple hours there.

Very shaded and nice along the lake.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail is smooth and well maintained. It was chilly but protected from the wind. It was absolutely gorgeous and we’ll certainly do it again! BTW it’s pretty much all uphill on the way in. But we did the 1.5 miles in 33 minutes with plenty of stops for pictures :)

Great trail. Slow moving creek. Had the trail to myself.

Excellent trail, a few challenging hills, and great waterfall at the end. Well maintained. Took a 2-year-old in a stroller, there are a few spots where that becomes difficult, but nothing impossible.

According to the sign at the trailhead, this trail is closer to 3.5 miles, but it’s worth it! We went on a Sunday morning and the trail was deserted. Well maintained, well marked, and beautiful the whole way

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike! Several offshoot trails along the way. Hiked a roundtrip of 10 miles-was fantastic with great views!

Be warned $6.00 day use fee.
Hike is not worth the money.
Poorly maintained monotonous trail that is narrow, so much so that many times your outside foot is perilously inches away from the steep banks down to the lake.
No shoring has been done to make the trail safe,.
You will be hiking under the Forest canopy with a photo worthy view opening up maybe 3 or 4 times.
We won’t be back when there are so many other safe and free trails with much more to offer.

Great hike, stunning falls!

This place is magical!

3 months ago

Couldn’t get to the trail head when I tried two weeks ago. A large tree had fallen across the road about 3/4 of a mile past the end of the pavement. There was no warning because you can’t see it until you come around a turn so you’re stuck. Cliff on one side, mountain on the other. I had to back up on a narrow, twisting road quite a ways before finding a spot to turn around. Scary! I wouldn’t recommend this one unless you know that tree has been cleared. Mtn bikes can probably go under the tree but cars and horses can’t.

beautiful right now! green and gorgeous. Wasnt too difficult except for a couple uphill stretches. (I am not in the best shape right now haha) But it was relatively easy.

walking
4 months ago

Great hike around the lake. Shasta lake was about 50’ down. Still beautiful!

This was a very easy hike. No incline...I would consider it more of a walk but it has nice views of Shasta Lake the entire way.

hiking
4 months ago

Day fee site (as of Dec 31, 2017 $6 fee cash or check only).

Beautiful hike. Moderate incline. Amazing lake views.

The South side of the trail has road noise for about 1/2 mile and the North side has docks and house boats for the first 1/4-1/3 mile (although in the summer I assume the docks are clear and less noisy as people float the lake). Quiet and glorious views fill the middle 2 miles of the trail.

We really enjoyed this trail today. Easy hike with incredible views.

Beautiful trail- felt a bit strenuous, but I’m also 8months pregnant. Beautiful creek, mines, and vista views!

It’s a relatively flat route, really nice views of the lake and surrounding hills!

5 months ago

Just Beautiful. While it is rated moderate - I would say moderate for those that hike regularly- but can be challenging if you’re not in shape there are several inclines that are steep - but I would not say hard or difficult. It was well worth the hike in and back during the fall cooler temps was refreshing. It is a workout for sure. Took tons of pictures and video of the sites. Just gorgeous.

Another beautiful whiskeytown waterfall! Well kept trail, a little slippery in spots, but a great hike with an amazing payoff at the end.

Drove over Mule Town Road in our little RAV4 to get here, and although we had to take it slow, the conditions were still fine. The trail can be a little narrow and testy to follow, but once you get out of the river bed you have some nice views north and lots of beautiful oaks.

hiking
6 months ago

This hike was so worth the three hour drive!! Absolutely perfect weather!! Some of the most beautiful scenery!!! The trails are clean, very little litter! People are super nice!!
I’d love to do this again!!

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