Whiskeytown Falls Trail is a 2.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Whiskeytown, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.7 miles Elevation Gain: 761 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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NOTE: Parts of upper falls may be closed periodically. Check with the park for hours or closures. A short hike reaching the impressive 220 foot cascading waterfall that is Whiskeytown Falls. Whiskeytown National Recreation Area has been a popular destination for many years, and Whiskeytown Lake's 36 miles of shoreline boasts great opportunities for fishing, sailing, kayaking and waterskiing. Hikers are now finding the park in increasing numbers, and many are finding their way to Whiskeytown Falls. For several decades this series of waterfalls over 220ft in height was a closely guarded secret, and possibly so secret according to reports that at one time the National Park Service might have actually misplaced its location. Today it's hard to miss the signs leading to Whiskeytown Falls, which lie just a few miles west of the lake on Crystal Creek Road.

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7 days ago

Bathroom by entrance of trail. Uphill hike partially shaded. Short simple hike to a small waterfall area. Can stop and take a dip at the fall or along the stream. Waterfall area is small.

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21 days ago

Love this trail. Visited between May thunderstorms and it was amazing. All uphill to the the falls with an occasional flat section and many, many stone benches along the way for those needing a rest. Absolutely worth it. It’s above 2000 ft and enshrouded by trees in a canyon which makes it very pleasantly cool on a warm day. The trail meanders through an amazing array of California native plants- honeysuckle vine, rosa californica, Douglas iris, blue-spiked Ceanothus integrans, woolly sunflowers, Pacific dogwood (on the westside of the first wooden bridge). It is a moderate hike for those in good shape (incline) and a bit on the more challenging end for non-exercisers. The trail is a smooth base, well maintained and wide in most places.

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22 days ago

This was definitely on the harder end of “moderate.” Mostly uphill and relatively steep....but interesting falls.

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bugs
26 days ago

Very nice , you can still see lots of burned trees along the way, visible trail with lots of running water.

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28 days ago

These falls go on and on and on be sure to take the trail to the left up to the top of the falls. The upper part of the trail is washed out inaccessible. Family friendly totally awesome

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29 days ago

Awesome work out of a hike. Lots of incline but definitely worth it to see the falls!

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1 month ago

Great trail , the hikes up the inclines worth the view . I did this hike with two children who love an adventure . There’s plenty of benches along the way even a picnic area in a spot . If you get the chance I highly suggest this trail !

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1 month ago

Went there today. So worth it. Mostly upward getting there but there are benches for you to take a break. The scenery is beautiful and the sound of the river makes it even better. I loved it.

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1 month ago

First time on this trail since after the Carr Fire. The trail is in perfect condition and so beautiful the entire time. It mostly uphill the entire 1.7 miles so a great workout. At least 6 concrete benches to rest on the way up and even some picnic tables as well. (This is where I lost reception, but the GPS on this app continued to work. My suggestion would be to start around 9am and on a weekday to avoid the crowds. I got to the waterfall around 11am in a Monday and had the whole place to myself for at least 30 min.

1 month ago

Great Hike the climb was tough but their are benches at the end of the climb that help you recover and continue the climb. the Falls make the hike worth it!

Beautiful trail! Inclines most of the way to the falls, but not too bad. The trail to go up the side of the falls is currently closed due to dangerous conditions. Love it here.

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1 month ago

Took the whole family there (12, 10, 1yo kids) and had a great hike. I did carry the 1 yo on my back the whole time but the terrain was fairly easy. It is about 90% uphill to the falls but as mentioned in other posts there are several shaded resting areas. You can hike a little ways up toward the the top of the falls once you get to it, but then it is closed at the very top for now at least. The beautiful nature that surrounds you the whole time is amazing! Highly recommend!

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2 months ago

Nice wide trail and well kept. Had a parking lot and bathroom at the start of the trail. We went a day after it rained and the falls were huge and very beautiful. The hike up was a bit steep- gained 820 ft in elevation in about 1.3 miles- but there were many benches to rest on. The trail to the top of the falls is closed, but you can still get amazing views.

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3 months ago

Access to upper falls was closed. Mostly uphill on the way there but the way back is a breeze.

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3 months ago

This trail gave me some great exercise! Lots up incline on the way to the waterfall. The trail is clean and easy to follow. Dog are allowed on a leash and my dog really enjoyed it. Lots and lots of shade. I had no issues with parking and there is a bathroom at the beginning of the trail. While driving up, there was a sign that said "road closed ahead". I almost turned around because the road was narrow and I wasn't sure if there would be space for me to turn around ahead. Glad I kept going! I didn't reach any closed section. I had no issues with parking once I reached the start of the trail. IMPORTANT....There is a notice beside the bathrooms that says an entrance pass is required. They can be purchased at the Oak Bottom Camp Store and online. The problem with buying one online is there is absolutely no cell service up the mountain. I lost service before I even turned on the entrance road.

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bugs
3 months ago

This trail is mostly and uphill climb, tough at times, but it has benches after each hard incline. In order for water to fall it has have a place to fall from. So it is VERY much worth the climb. We went with a 9 year old, he did it with the promise of the next bench to rest on for a few minutes. Very nice trail, with the creak to guide you.

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3 months ago

Even with the fires almost 2 years ago, this trail is beautiful! There is plenty of shade and you hike along the creek for the majority of the trail. The uphill isnt that bad. It's about. 9 miles of uphill, the rest is pretty flat or downhill. Enjoy.

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fee
3 months ago

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3 months ago

This trail is finally opened again. The Carr fire didn't reach the trail and the falls are gorgeous.

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3 months ago

Great news for Valentines Day 2020 from the park - this trail is reopening after e Carr Fire! https://www.facebook.com/182890515178395/posts/1802701676530596/?d=n

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closed
11 months ago

road closed!

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Tue Jun 04 2019

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.

Sat Mar 23 2019

road closed

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Tue Jan 22 2019

Beautiful waterfall up close at the end with stairway built into the side of it. I went up but not everyone did. Lots of shade from the forest canopy. I want to do it again when the rocks are not quite so slippery...overall a great hike!

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Fri Oct 26 2018

spectacular

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Fri Jun 29 2018

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.

Mon Jun 25 2018

Great hike , great little falls at end enjoy

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Sat Jun 23 2018

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.

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Thu Jun 14 2018

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

Sun Jun 03 2018

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!

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