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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.

Enjoyed the trail would recommend it to other off road enthusiasts.

off road driving
2 days ago

We started our off roading adventures with this trail. At the beginning we found it quite exciting and adventurous, slow going for our first adventure. The trail calmed down but still had some challenges the further we went. At about the 17 mile mark we were stopped by a gate and had to take the McCandless Gulch Road back to Hwy 299. We really had a blast as now we have added off road driving to our biking and hiking.

horseback riding
11 days ago

Great trail. 10.1 mi. round trip from Shasta Mine parking (large horse trailer). About 8 from Peltier Campground (you can drive to) for regular hikers. 2066ft climb, not steep but good incline first couple miles from Peltier, then you really don't notice the incline from there. Great views. Done it many times.

camping
17 days ago

A little confusing at the start but once you cross the bridge and go through the campsite, you'll find the gated road that runs beside the bathrooms. That is the starting point. Hiked this trail at the end of May, still lots of wildflowers and runoff. The pools were a welcomed stop to take a break and cool off. The hike was partly shaded but if it gets too hot, as Redding does, a hat and sunscreen is a must. We forgot bug spray :/, won't forget next time ticks and mosquitos abound.
A nice shaded bench awaits atop Kanaka and I was worth the hike. The views both day and night were beautiful. A beautiful place to spend the night.

hiking
1 month ago

Well maintained trail, with a lot of shade. If it weren’t for some step spots this trail would be rated as easy. The falls are definitely worth the hike, and there are swimming holes everywhere along brandy creek trail, but the water is about 40 degrees!

trail running
1 month ago

Great running trail although I used part of it, coming from Whiskeytown I started at the Mine loop, to canal loop, to Mule mountain pass, then mule loop to black bear pass then Mule Mountain summit and back. We are lucky to live were we do. It was a crazy busy day to say the least

trail running
1 month ago

Great running trail although I used part of it. I started at the Mine loop, to canal loop, to Mule mountain pass, then mule loop to the summit and back. We are lucky to live were we do.

Cool walk, but trail quality is not all that great

hiking
1 month ago

We enjoyed this trail and think most people would. I’m not saying Brandy Creek Trail is hard but it can be challenging.

Or would be hiking. I’m sure the trail is beautiful but it’s $6/day to use this area, even with a Recreational Lands Pass (its some kind of special recreational permit). Sorry, but there are lots of beautiful places around here that are free. We got out, got right back in, and won’t be back.

trail running
1 month ago

Ran this route with my dogs off leash. It was a but hot and boring the first mile, then the creeks started showing up, and my dogs and I loved it. (Shade too) We started at noon it was 90*. Note- we almost took the other way at Carr Powerhouse which is only a mile, but the only water is once you hit the falls. I am glad I got to see all the beautiful green folage.

Biking Review: HORRIBLY marked and poorly maintained trails. Easy to very moderate with gentle grades. Have a lot of patience to figure out where you are riding. I agree about the tick warning.
If you are concerned about legal presence you must buy a ticket--which is NOT available at the park. I got lucky and was the only vehicle there and did not get a violation ticket. Check online for info. This link may help. https://www.nps.gov/whis/planyourvisit/upload/Mill%20Creek%20Keeper%20FINAL.pdf

Nice hike. I really wanted to come back at night to see the bats come out of the mine! :)

This was a great little trail. It wasn’t busy at all when we went in the morning; we were the first ones there.

There are some areas that are gravelly, where you need to be mindful of how you step, but not too bad.

The trail is a pretty good grade up and we had to take a few breaks but it’s really not too bad.

If you have issues with mosquitoes, you’ll want a big repellant. They were a nuisance on this hike.

The waterfall is a cool place to explore.

Spectacular views!! I loved the feeling up top. The hike up kicked my butt. :) 3 hours up & 2 down. Worth it!

I really enjoyed this hike! The road was closed (and I definitely don’t think I would’ve been able to drive up it without AWD) so it added and extra 2 miles to the hike (total). The first 2ish miles are fairly steep. Doable, but steep. The middle of the hike doesn’t have much incline and is a nice break from the first portion. It inclined for the last two miles but is mostly covered and has some great views of Whiskeytown Lake! The top was great-a major view of the lake and Mt. Shasta! There’s also a nice bench at the top. There’s a great little creek near the trailhead-fun to cool off in the beginning and end! Also-there are bathrooms at the campground which is a bonus. I loved the hike and the variety of some switchbacks and some potions just through trees! Took us between 3-3 1/2 hours not including our break at the top for lunch.

Great hike , great little falls at end enjoy

We enjoyed our hike and were rewarded with a nice break of the waterfall after a hike up the mountain. The path was easily marked. Needed to remember the bug spray as the mosquitos made the trip a bit unpleasant when we stopped for a break.

hiking
2 months ago

beautiful hike but does have some steep inclines on the way in. had our 4 y/o and boarder collie with us and they both managed fine but we walk 3 miles daily. the falls are gorgeous and the stairs next to the falls allow you to see the upper part with a little climbing

hiking
2 months ago

I would give this hike a 5 out of 5 if it wasn’t for the all of the poison oak and downed trees on the trail during my hike with my dogs (June 2018). If hiking with dogs be on the look out for poison oak on and around the trail! I would also suggest not straying from the trail where it becomes more prevalent! I was worried about snakes but the only snake we saw was on the drive out. The S. Shore Drive trailhead is the longer hike. Much of the hike is uphill and the creeks were only difficult to cross if you didn’t want to get wet. The falls are gorgeous but easy to miss if you’re not looking for signs. They are located on the left side of the trail before the big bridge and go up past the small railed trail to get to the falls! So worth it! The hike is about 3.5 to 4 miles up and then 3.5 to 4 miles back to the car! Ended up being about 8 miles total which is rough if you’re not expecting it! Also, 4 day’s post hike and no poison oak reaction! Happy hiking!!

hiking
2 months ago

Lovely trail that is mostly shaded. Easy until you get to the waterfalls and then some scrambling required to reach the upper waterfalls.

Great hike. Definitely all uphill on the way in but there are benches if you need to rest. The first 1/4 is mostly in direct sun but then it’s nice and shaded from there on out. The trail itself is very well maintained as are many of the trails around Whiskeytown.
The end was DEFINITELY worth it!

trail running
2 months ago

Good for hill training, slow down for the slippery rocks around the upper Falls but otherwise a fun cruise with a beautiful series of waterfalls. Nicely shaded the whole way. Big tree down yesterday (seems recent, very green) between lower falls and upper falls that you can squeeze through/under.

Beautiful trail in the shade and is well maintained

Awesome, beautiful and shady trail with benches along the way...

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail, got my heart rate going.

hiking
2 months ago

Very beautiful, peaceful hike. I wasn't prepared for the 4.5 mile trek up the side of a mountain, my mistake, so I was quite sore afterwards, and knee bothering me quite a bit on the way down the same 4.5 miles. The view at the top was amazing! Natural beauty all around. I'd do it again!

Such a pretty and fun hike we started at the wrong start point so it added 4 miles to our hike but I didn’t mind at all the views all around were pretty and fresh air..they don’t tell you that you will need a parking pass when coming here but since I hike all the time I got the 40 dollar one for the entire year it’s a lot of ups and down but soooo fun

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!

trail running
3 months ago

Gotta check this out!

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