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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.

Went in mid-January as I like to avoid the heat. Saw very few people on the trail. Maybe 2 or 3 other groups. First time raking my dog hiking and he thoroughly enjoyed himself. I am not in shape but there was only one incline that's was difficult for me. This trail was right up my alley. The whole time you're surrounded by moss covered rocks and trees that lent it a very ethereal or old world feel.
only thing was that this trail is very confusing. We were hoping to make it to brandy creek falls and didn't realise that there we two separate trails. We were on the lower half of the trail and didn't realise that if we had driven further up the road we would have cone to the entrance for brandy falls trail. On our way back we ran into a father walking with his two small boys who had the same confusion we did. The lower trail does lead up to the entrance to the falls trail if you wanted to do both though. We'll be returning real soon to make the hike up to the falls.

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.

trail running
17 days ago

#tenlegstosunset Going to try to make notes every hike. Yep, I list them as runs because the Relive app doesn’t like hikes... (if you haven’t downloaded Relive - it’s free - you should!) The days are very short in NorCal this time of year, and as a late afternoon crew (me, my dogs Murphy and Billy) find ourselves finishing in the dark all too often. A beautiful moon today. Saw only one family (including young mom w baby on backpack!) and no critters. Dogs wrrr confident and stayed close, even Billy ran out front. We didn’t need leashes tonight, but always always always have them. This hike, if you don’t know, is gorgeous and super easy... or challenging if you run it. 500 vertical gain to the falls and plenty of climbing and searching once you get there. It’s getting into winter, so he advised there will be slippery everything, especially when you get to last quarter Mile before the The falls. If you run this one at night, note above and since it’s nice and wide and daily well travelled, note that night time even w a light could offer some loose rock dangers. I just follow Murphy.
Lights for all... knees a little achy and still dealing with a pinched nerve and weakness in my back and shoulder... Feels good to be alive:
Rocking new U2 today and classic rock on 103.1 going down hill. First time driving new subaru on a dusty dirty mountain road! Yes!

19 days 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!

1 month 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.

2 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!!

Great trail to go hike only bad thing we came across was people chain smoking cigarettes the whole time we were hiking

Peaceful quiet, dogwoods and trees turning colors, easy walk from the upper parking lot.

2 months ago

Beautiful trail, just lots and lots of poison oak. The mosquito's were pretty bad at this time as well.

An awesome trail with some cool views and interesting history. We walked the trail backwards (clockwise) with our 2 dogs. A steep climb to start off and gradual elevation changes until the end. The old gold mine close to halfway through provided a nice place to have a snack and read about its history.

3 months ago

Nice quiet trail, I'd say more of a moderate hike just because the trail is rough and there's a lot of up and down. The bottom half of the loop was actually the toughest because it looks as if it's designed for biking, so you have to be careful not to slip. Pretty westward views along the highest points.

trail running
3 months ago

Recommended by a family we met hiking yesterday. What a fun challenging three miles for me and Murphy and Billy.
No water this time of year (end of summer) so that's a bummer for the dogs but I'm sure it will be great when there's some water running through. Lots of rocks on the Orfino Gulch section but nothing dangerous, just wear good shoes. #tenlegstosunset

4 months ago

Easy hike down to a beautiful waterfall and swimming hole. Lots of dust on the dirt road getting there, but so worth it.

We did this on a very hot day, 95+ degrees. We were thankful for lots of shade. The trail runs along a creek, with several spots where you can stop and splash water on your head (or on your dog). When you get to the top, there's an easy place to go wade in the VERY cold water at the base of the falls. We saw one guy strip down to his bathing suit and take a dip... brrr! Overall, nice scenic short hike. Limited cell reception.

5 months ago

#tenlegstosunset Dogs loved it but wanted more! Nice long drive to what was once I'm sure a local secret spot! Super short easy hike and gorgeous water worth exploring next time. I plan to combo this with any other hikes out this area - or better yet, bring friends! Went late in the day to avoid heat but the water was so cool and the hike so short, next time I must come when it's hot to swim and use tree swing!
Beware Bambi and friends on the road coming in - lots of em! And the blue posts are the only sign of the trail head.

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