Looking for a great trail in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, California? AllTrails has 19 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 14 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!

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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.

hiking
no shade
rocky
7 days ago

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

Lots of poison oak, and some brush encroaching trail, but still easily passable. The gnats, however were relentless today!

Great trail. Beautiful views even after the CARR Fire. Found lots of old cans and pieces of old homes now that the foliage has all been cleared out. There's a cool old miners camp site and dump site. the mines were full of water too. The trail goes behind the Whiskeytown Cemetery as well.

camping
bugs
1 month ago

Be careful if you have a dog. no shade. had to carry my guy on my shoulders the ground was so hot, he threw up due to the heat. pretty views.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail. A few rocky spots but not bad. Would go again.

This is a great trail that follows the lake. There is an abundance of shade, swimming spots, and view points of the lake/ mountains. The bugs were out because of the moist warm summer day. The trail is easy to follow and we only saw one other couple.

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

Nice easy shaded trail, downfall very rocky and had to be aware of the ground below you. But nice trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Good, rocky hike. Follows the coast of the peninsula so the water is always in view. Access to private, little beaches for swimming. Fairly private, underused - the trail is very slightly overgrown and lightly obstructed in places. Not a difficult hike, but takes careful footwork.

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

road closed!

The trail is currently closed. We hiked it anyways. It’s a very easy hike. With the trees down on the trail it needs some work. There are a few spots that are slippery and slightly steep because of the trees being down. Not a big deal for most.

hiking
4 months ago

It’s 7.2 miles to the peak. So about 14 miles overall. Just thought people should know this. Great trail run though if you’re looking to really get after it.

definitely the best of all the falls in whiskey town. very easy hike. took me about an hour there and back. closed after Carr fire.

we entered this trail from the West point instead of the east side. it ended up being a very easy hike of only about 2 miles to the waterfall instead of the 6 if you started on the other side. closed untill reevaluated after Carr fire

was so beautiful when I went. lots of cool Bridges and stone stairs and railings through the trees along the Creek. unfortunately a week later the Carr fire burned everything up. will take a while before reopening.

needs some work on the poison oak growth on the side of the trails. It looks like they put in a lot of work in clearing the trail of this season's downed trees. there were some signs posted the trail was closed but it was not clear until we reached the other end of the loop. Great trail but needs some work.

hiking
blowdown
washed out
4 months ago

(Memorial Weekend ‘19) Good trail if the weather wasn’t so damaging years prior. Tough to stay on the marked trail with all the down rubble and washouts, ended up having to turn around due to down trees and the trail disappearing. Other than that there are some good views with a couple nice beach spots.

hiking
4 months ago

This trail was really good. Drove to the end of the road where there is a pit toilet and a small outdoor workout area with pull-up bars, dip bars, and more. The trail goes all the way to mule mountain summit and most of the time is on a downhill mountain biking trail. We hiked to the top and it was beautiful. A couple creek crossings and steep sections but well worth the hike. The route we took was 6.5 miles

hiking
4 months ago

Really enjoyed this hike. Some fun creek crossings make the first part interesting. Most of the elevation is after mile 3. It is longer than the description. By 4 miles I was close to the top but not quite there. Looks like there was another 600 feet elevation to go, so Im guessing it’s nearly a mile longer.

Explored this trail on an overcast day with a friend and we were not disappointed! I would call this a moderate trail but the worst of it was at the beginning (we went counterclockwise) where it was narrow and rutted out. There were so many little mines and areas to pop down by the creek that we spent hours exploring this trail. What a gem! It might be miserable in the middle of a hot summer day (burned trees = no shade in some areas), but if you hit it early or late enough and in spring or fall, this is a great adventure. I can't wait to take my kids out on it!

Beautiful, especially with Shasta Lake so full right now, but tons of poison oak encroaching the trail. May 24, 2019 so I had to give it 3 stars. Also, there's a $7 day use fee.

hiking
washed out
4 months ago

Been on this trail a few times and just went out recently after the fire and it’s still a pretty trail but a lot of the trail is washed out making this a short but rough trail.

hiking
closed
4 months ago

Pretty trail but closed due to the fires in the area may not be open for months maybe not until next season.

hiking
bugs
rocky
5 months ago

As of today, 5/11/19... access road to the trail was CLOSED!

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