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Boulder Creek Trail [CLOSED] is a 6.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near French Gulch, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 6.8 mi Elevation gain 1,446 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

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Note: As of November 2019, trails in the south and west side of the recreation area are still closed due to the Carr Fire of 2018. Please check here for updates: https://www.nps.gov/whis/planyourvisit/conditions.htm

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Mackenzie Nash
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Closed

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

Mark Doering
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Hiking

Hike gets better and better the further up you go. capped by a great waterfall.

Heather ML
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Running

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.

Calie Schneider
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Hiking

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!!

Todd Gallegos
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Hiking

We followed the signs instead of the app, which took us to the 4x4 access road that leads to the trailhead. Only the road had a tree across it so the gate was shut so we just parked and hiked up the road to the trailhead. Let me tell you, that road is long and steep. I imagine that’s probably what the Shasta Bally road is like, except longer. Once you get to the trailhead, the rest of the hike is pretty level to the falls. The falls are SPECTACULAR! There’s another trailhead further down the road that skips the 4x4 road and that side of the trail and approaches the falls from another direction. Not sure how that trail is.

Steve McCamey
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Glorious 3 hour round trip hike - 3 stream crossings, and some old settlements along the way too. Not too strenuous and a great payoff at the end. I’d defiantly do it again.

Jennifer Gifford
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The road up was a little scary but the hike itself to the falls was flat and easy. We had the falls to ourselves and it was beautiful. There is a nice little pool to swim in if you like cold water. There is also a smaller pool a little ways down that was perfect for my toddler to splash in.

Jill B
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Beautiful falls at this time (late April). The trail is basically a service road so it's a very easy hike from the trail head. The road up to the trail head is very steep. I would recommend a 4x4.

Nicki Crain
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Hiking

The hike itself isn't too special for most of the way, but the areas by the creek crossings and the ruins of the old residence were really pretty and neat. We went the longer route. Lots of poison oak (even right in the middle of the trail at times) so if you have kiddos, be sure they know what it is and to stay away. Didn't see any snakes but saw lots of lizards. The actual falls were incredibly peaceful and beautiful, and the rock formations were really fascinating. We climbed up the rock face up to the next level of the falls, which was fun and adventurous. The pool is a good one for kids to swim in, if they can last the entire hike. All in all, totally work the trek. I would say moderate is a good description of the difficulty. It's long.

andy B
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Hiking

The only reason I'm giving it 4 stars is it's difficult to figure out which trail is the actual trailhead. There's two entrances, one making the hike significantly shorter. That sort of irritated me because I can make it up the other road just fine with my vehicle and a condensed hike would have been nice. However, I hiked the full 3.2 mile trek up to the falls, and it was still very beautiful and relatively easy for my skill level. Not much heavy terrain except rocks and a few steep hills. WATCH. FOR. SNAKES. I kept feeling like I was going to see one the whole time, and bam, finally ran into a gigantic one looking me directly in the eye smack dab in the middle of the trail basking. I'm crazy, so I kept walking and reached the falls. Absolutely gorgeous and worth it. Not much room to play and swim, but there will probably be no one there with you, so you'll have plenty of privacy and time to just sit and sulk. Ignore my recording time, I stopped a lot and forgot to pause. There's 3 creek crossings, all extremely easy and great places to rest. Bring bug spray, TONS of mosquitos in the shade.

David Schlegel
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Hiking

brought my 2 year old, wife and dog. It was a solid hike with variations in trail type, grade and difficulty. All in all very doable albeit a longer hike than ideal with the kiddo - considering the destination. There are better falls with easier treks in the Whiskeytown NRA. If you want to be one of the few in the trail, then Boulder Creek is perfect.

Michael Capanda
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Hiking

Hiked in to the falls went up mill creek trail a ways and back . Stopped at the primitive camp . Set up tent for the night . Was a awesome experience except for the mosquitoes !

Eric Baker
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Hiking

This is a great trail to hike. I would consider it an easy trail, only took an hour with stops for pictures on the way up and 45 minutes on the way down with picture stops. Worth the hike in order to see the falls. Not much room at the falls for exploring, but a good place to kick back and enjoy the falls.

Janyce Bryant
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Hiking

There are 2 trails to the Falls stop at the visitor's center at Whiskeytown to get maps to both trail heads. Mill Creek road is 4 wheel drive only but is the shorter trail

Anita Singh
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Erika Puckett
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Brent Weber
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Romi Stephens Uribe
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Kirsten R.
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Cameron M.
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Jeff Stuivenberg
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Bethany Thorson
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Vlad S.
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Kyle Vowell
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Thomas Osterhoudt
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Morgane Ross
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