Brandy Creek Trail

MODERATE 23 reviews

Brandy Creek Trail is a 4.9 mile out and back trail located near French Gulch, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is best used from March until August. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

4.9 miles 1243 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

mountain biking

waterfall

nice hike along Brandy Creek, pretty waterfalls Brandy Creek Falls is a pretty little 30 ft. drop along Brandy Creek in the Whiskeytown Natl Recreation Area. In the spring, Brandy Creek is rushing fast with the snowmelt coming off of Shasta Bally. To get to the waterfall, you can take a short 2.6 mile (RT) hike after driving up the Shasta Bally Rd for 3.6 miles (off JFK Memorial Dr). Alternatively, you can take this longer 7.4 mile (RT) hike on the entire length of the Brandy Creek Trail. The Brandy Creek Trail climbs moderately along the creek, sometimes getting close to the creek, but mostly staying high above it. Don't miss seeing Lower Brandy Creek Falls, located 2.8 miles along the trail, just before the trail crosses Rich Gulch. The trail finally ends at a crossing of Brandy Creek, just below the main Brandy Creek Falls. It is not difficult to walk up beside the falls.

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10 days ago

The hike is awesome and the creek is nice and cool and beautiful. Highly recommend this trail.

1 month ago

The hike was awesome it was defiantly better than I thought it would be. It was not too difficult to reach the falls. The falls are out of control right now with all of the rain we have been having. Some of the railing for the waterfalls are underwater right now.

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1 month ago

Beautiful, great mid level hike by not too long. Dozens of photo opportunities!

1 month ago

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1 month ago

hiked this trail today January 27. Moderate trail with snow on portions of the trail. trail is mostly uphill. will get your heart pumping. waterfalls were beautiful. Could have stayed there all day!

4 months ago

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6 months ago

Beautiful!

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7 months ago

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7 months ago

I've hiked this twice now, both times starting at the gravel parking area, making it about a 3 mile round trip hike. Not too tough. A few steeper areas but plenty of areas where it levels out. Gets a little slippery in spots on rocks and with moss, but there's plenty to grab on to for keeping steady. At the falls, wade across or rock-hop to the other side and climb up to the upper pool area. So beautiful! Pretty well maintained. Lock your cars wherever you park, and bring bear spray. On my first hike there I saw a mom bear and her cub!

8 months ago

One of my favorite trails, very beautiful and nice to have Lil creeks all the way up

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8 months ago

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9 months ago

Hike this trail all the time, even when I was 6 months pregnant. One of my favorites.

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1 year ago

Every time we go to Redding we alway make sure to dress as if we're going hiking and as we would have it we end up hiking up to the falls! We love the French Gulch and everything it has to to offer!

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1 year ago

1 year ago

beautiful trail

2 years ago

Great hike. Hiked the brandy creek falls trail at the end of the trail . It added 3 miles to the hike but made it worth it . Saw a Black Bear on the trail. Plenty of water if u have a filtration system.

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2 years ago

Great family hike with beautiful falls and cold, clean water. Some mosquito issues and we met a shy young black bear coming down.