Whiskeytown Falls Trail

MODERATE 42 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.

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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17 days 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.

17 days ago

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1 month ago

love this trail the falls are beautiful

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1 month 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.

1 month ago

Amazing! These falls are beautiful and really flowing at this time (late April). The hike is steep for most of the trail and is a good cardiac workout. Your efforts are well rewarded when you see the falls.

2 months ago

This is a great trail. It mostly goes up though not like in the description in the top (up and half way there down) and it is a pretty steep. I'd say it's still pretty good for families with kids and dogs but I don't recommend it for older folks. The waterfalls are gorgeous especially in the spring after the rainfall and when the snow starts to melt but make sure to bring a sweater it gets pretty cold by the falls.

2 months ago

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2 months ago

Beautiful scenery not too hot in April and not too cold. For those not used to steady inclines take your time. the Falls at the end of trail are worth it.

2 months ago

Beautiful hike. My husband proposed to me at the bottom of this waterfall

2 months ago

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3 months ago

The hike up to the falls was hard. The hike down was moderate. It was a great work out. The view IS WORTH IT!

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4 months ago

A short climb (about a mile and a half to be exact) but pretty the entire way. Surrounded by water and the sounds of it. And then you get to the falls and it becomes a miniature version of the mist trail with the slippery stairs and the water spray! Very pretty!

4 months ago