Whiskeytown Falls Trail

MODERATE 54 reviews

Whiskeytown Falls Trail is a 2.8 mile moderately 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
2.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
787 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

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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5 days ago

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.

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9 days ago

Fun nice hike! Mostly uphill and beautiful. 2nd hike up and enjoyed it as much as 1st.

great short hike for all

12 days ago

It's a good hike.

21 days ago

Lots of ups, but nothing too difficult. There are lots of rest benches if needed. Dog friendly and a beautiful waterfall at the end. You need to climb the trail directly to the right of it to see the whole thing because it is massive.

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2 months ago

Amazing hike and worth it! Appreciated the benches for rests on the way up because they are needed. When you see the fall continue to go up the steps it's much bigger than what it first appears to be. Even in super hot conditions it isn't too horrible because 90% of the trail is shaded by trees and makes it much cooler than it really is. The water is also very refreshing if you need to splash some on your face to cool off as well.

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2 months ago

Well my phone sucks and doesn't track me correctly, but the trail was so lovely! I think I am giving it so much love because it rained and it just made the experience...spiritual.
I really struggled bc I am out of shape and had just walked 6.5 miles on another couple trails, but there were lots of young kids and many older couples.
Definitely worth the walk since it is so short.

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2 months ago

love this trail the falls are beautiful

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3 months ago

Beautiful hike! Falls are spectacular and well worth the mostly uphill climb. Early morning was nice and cool and seems would remain cool throughout the day.