Whiskeytown Falls Trail

MODERATE 86 reviews

Whiskeytown Falls Trail is a 2.7 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
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
761 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.

11 days ago

I feel this trail is a bit more challenging than moderate but the trail is well maintained. It was also closer the 3.5 miles round trip. The entire trail is beautiful but the real beauty starts about the last 1/2 mile or so when all of the waterfalls start getting bigger until you reach the large waterfall at the end. So worth the hike!

hiking
13 days ago

Easy Little hike up! Great for dogs and humans alike!

hiking
24 days ago

Excellent hike! Definitely not moderate if you’re not in shape (Was with people who aren’t in the greatest shape and they made it about halfway). Also, it’s more like a 3.5-4 mile hike. I’d say it would be more of a harder hike due to the steep inclines. Some areas are wet so I’d be careful it might be a little slippery. It’s dog friendly! Absolutely beautiful views! Stunning waterfall and we’d definitely do this hike again! Well worth the hike!!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail, pretty shaded. The fall is absolutely gorgeous, hiking to the falls is almost uphill the entire way but the trail is well maintained with resting benches if needed. Took my dog and she did great :)

hiking
3 months ago

The trail is smooth and well maintained. It was chilly but protected from the wind. It was absolutely gorgeous and we’ll certainly do it again! BTW it’s pretty much all uphill on the way in. But we did the 1.5 miles in 33 minutes with plenty of stops for pictures :)

3 months ago

Excellent trail, a few challenging hills, and great waterfall at the end. Well maintained. Took a 2-year-old in a stroller, there are a few spots where that becomes difficult, but nothing impossible.

hiking
3 months ago

According to the sign at the trailhead, this trail is closer to 3.5 miles, but it’s worth it! We went on a Sunday morning and the trail was deserted. Well maintained, well marked, and beautiful the whole way

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3 months ago

Great hike, stunning falls!

hiking
3 months ago

This place is magical!

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4 months ago

beautiful right now! green and gorgeous. Wasnt too difficult except for a couple uphill stretches. (I am not in the best shape right now haha) But it was relatively easy.

6 months ago

Just Beautiful. While it is rated moderate - I would say moderate for those that hike regularly- but can be challenging if you’re not in shape there are several inclines that are steep - but I would not say hard or difficult. It was well worth the hike in and back during the fall cooler temps was refreshing. It is a workout for sure. Took tons of pictures and video of the sites. Just gorgeous.

6 months ago

Another beautiful whiskeytown waterfall! Well kept trail, a little slippery in spots, but a great hike with an amazing payoff at the end.

hiking
6 months ago

This hike was so worth the three hour drive!! Absolutely perfect weather!! Some of the most beautiful scenery!!! The trails are clean, very little litter! People are super nice!!
I’d love to do this again!!

6 months ago

Great trail to go hike only bad thing we came across was people chain smoking cigarettes the whole time we were hiking

hiking
9 months 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.

hiking
9 months ago

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

9 months ago

great short hike for all

9 months ago

It's a good hike.

9 months 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.

10 months ago

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11 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.

hiking
11 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.

hiking
11 months ago

Saturday, May 27, 2017

love this trail the falls are beautiful

hiking
Tuesday, May 09, 2017

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.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

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.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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.

hiking
Monday, April 03, 2017

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.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

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

hiking
Sunday, March 19, 2017

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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