Hiking

Child HikingWaterfalls, 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, backpacking, mountain biking or horseback riding - the land surrounding Whiskeytown provides many opportunities for these activities.

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.

For current trail conditions, check below or contact the Visitor Center at (530) 246-1225.

For a listing of all of our trails click here. For more information about specific trails, click on the underlined trail names below or stop in at the Visitor Center.

Easy Hikes

Trail NameDistance
(one way)
Status Notes
Buck Hollow Trail1 mile / 1.6 kmOpen
Camden Water Ditch Trail1.1 mile / 1.7 km loopOpen
Crystal Creek Falls.25 mile / .4 kmOpen* ADA Accessible
Crystal Creek Water Ditch Trail1 mile / 1.6 kmClosed* Due to a flood event which damaged this trail, it is closed until repairs can be completed.

* Hiking only - no bicycles or pack animals.
Oak Bottom Water Ditch Trail2.3 miles / 3.7 kmOpen
Shasta Divide Nature Trail.4 mile / .6 km loopOpen* Trailhead is a located on the end of the Visitor Center parking lot.

* Hiking only - no bicycles or pack animals

Moderate Hikes

Trail NameDistance
(one way)
StatusNotes
Boulder Creek Falls Trail (via South Shore Drive)2.75 miles / 4.4 kmOpen
Boulder Creek Falls Trail (via Mill Creek Road)1 mile / 1.6 kmOpen
Brandy Creek Falls Trail1.5 miles / 2.4 kmOpen
Brandy Creek Trail2 miles / 3.2 kmOpen
Clear Creek Canal Trail4.5 miles / 7.2 kmOpen
Clear Creek Vista Trail1.8 miles / 2.9 kmOpen
Davis Gulch Trail3.3 miles / 5.3 kmOpen* Hiking only - no bicycles or pack animals.
Guardian Rock Trail1 mile / 1.6 kmOpen
Logging Camp Trail1.25 miles / 2 kmOpen
Mount Shasta Mine Loop Trail 3.1 miles / 5 kmOpen
Mule Mountain Pass Trail4.25 miles / 6.8 kmOpen
Peltier Trail 1.75 miles / 2.8 kmOpen
Princess Ditch Trail1.9 miles / 3.1 kmOpen* Connects to the Bureau of Land Management's Swasey Recreation Area - click here for BLM map.

* High-clearance vehicles recommended on Muletown Road.
Rich Gulch Trail 1.8 miles / 2.9 kmOpen
Salt Creek Loop Trail1.9 miles / 3.1 kmOpen
Salt Gulch Trail 1.6 miles / 2.6 kmOpen

Moderate to Difficult Hikes

Trail NameDistance
(one way)
StatusNotes
James K. Carr Trail to Whiskeytown Falls1.7 miles / 2.7 kmOpen* Last 100' of the trail leading to the viewing platform is closed due to trail damage.
Kanaka Cut Off Trail1 mile / 1.6 kmOpen
Kanaka Peak Trail3.5 miles / 5.6 kmOpen
Mill Creek Trail (from James K. Carr Trail)6.5 miles / 10.5 kmOpen
Mill Creek Trail (from Tower House Historic District)2.5 miles / 4 kmOpen
Papoose Pass Trail7.25 miles / 11.7 kmOpen

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 188
Whiskeytown , CA 96095

Phone:

(530) 242-3400

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