• View of Whiskeytown lake and South Fork Mtn. from Shasta Bally Mtn.

    Whiskeytown

    National Recreation Area California

Hiking

Waterfalls, Old-growth Forests, Historic Landscapes While the primary focus for Whiskeytown visitors is water recreation the park also contains cool rugged canyons, forests, streams and waterfalls. What a perfect way to see abundant wildflowers in the spring, experience the glory of fall colors or catch a glimpse of the past as well as view wildlife in their natural habitat. Mountain trails along shaded corridors and eight year-round creeks offer a refreshing break from the summer's heat.

Whether hiking, mountain biking or horseback riding - the land surrounding Whiskeytown provides many opportunities for these activities.

For a listing of all of our trails click here. Individual trail guides are also available (see below) or at the Visitor Center. Check with the Visitor Center for current trail conditions.

Summers can be hot and dry. Consider hiking in the early morning to avoid the heat of the day.

Winters can be cold, with possible snow and/or ice. Always be prepared for changing weather conditions and stay on established trails.

Indian Warrior wildflowers on the trail.

Indian Warrior wildflowers along the trail.

NPS photo - 2005

Easy Hikes -
(prints 8½" x 11" color in pdf format)

Buck Hollow
Camden Water Ditch
Crystal Creek Water Ditch
Crystal Creek Falls
Oak Bottom Water Ditch

 
Mountain bikers on trail.

Whiskeytown is known for some of the best mountain biking in the area.

Redding Mountain Biking - 2005

Moderate Hikes

Boulder Creek Falls (via South Shore Drive)
Boulder Creek Falls (Mill Creek Road access)

Brandy Creek Falls
Clear Creek Canal
Clear Creek Vista
Davis Gulch
Guardian Rock
Logging Camp
Lower Brandy Creek
Mt. Shasta Mine Loop
Mule Mountain Pass
Peltier Trail
Salt Creek Loop
Salt Gulch

 
Lone hiker at recently re-discoverd waterfall.

Lone hiker viewing the recently re-discovered waterfall.

NPS photo - 2005

Moderate to Difficult Hikes

Mill Creek
Kanaka Peak
James K. Carr Trail (Whiskeytown Falls)
Papoose Pass Trail
Rich Gulch Trail

Proper equipment, good conditioning, and a
healthy regard for weather and wilderness
conditions will serve to enhance your visit.
Stay on established roads and trails and notify
someone of your travel plans.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Shasta Bally is the highest point in Whiskeytown at 6199 feet. Snow can usually still be seen through June.