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 Name Distance
(one way)
Status Notes
Buck Hollow Trail 1 mile / 1.6 km Open
Camden Water Ditch Trail 1.1 mile / 1.7 km loop Open
Crystal Creek Falls .25 mile / .4 km Open * ADA Accessible
Crystal Creek Water Ditch Trail 1 mile / 1.6 km Closed * 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 Trail 2.3 miles / 3.7 km Open
Shasta Divide Nature Trail .4 mile / .6 km loop Open * Trailhead is a located on the end of the Visitor Center parking lot.

* Hiking only - no bicycles or pack animals

Moderate Hikes

Trail Name Distance
(one way)
Status Notes
Boulder Creek Trail (via South Shore Drive) 2.75 miles / 4.4 km Open * Trail to Boulder Creek Falls
Boulder Creek Trail (via Mill Creek Road) 1 mile / 1.6 km Open * Trail to Boulder Creek Falls
Brandy Creek Falls Trail 1.5 miles / 2.4 km Open
Brandy Creek Trail 2 miles / 3.2 km Open
Clear Creek Canal Trail 4.5 miles / 7.2 km Open
Clear Creek Vista Trail 1.8 miles / 2.9 km Open
Davis Gulch Trail 3.3 miles / 5.3 km Open * Hiking only - no bicycles or pack animals.
Guardian Rock Trail 1 mile / 1.6 km Open
Logging Camp Trail 1.25 miles / 2 km Open
Mount Shasta Mine Loop Trail 3.1 miles / 5 km Open
Mule Mountain Pass Trail 4.25 miles / 6.8 km Open
Peltier Trail 1.75 miles / 2.8 km Open
Princess Ditch Trail 1.9 miles / 3.1 km Open * 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 km Open
Salt Creek Loop Trail 1.9 miles / 3.1 km Open
Salt Gulch Trail 1.6 miles / 2.6 km Open

Moderate to Difficult Hikes

Trail Name Distance
(one way)
Status Notes
James K. Carr Trail to Whiskeytown Falls 1.7 miles / 2.7 km Open * Last 100' of the trail leading to the viewing platform is closed due to trail damage.
Kanaka Cut Off Trail 1 mile / 1.6 km Open
Kanaka Peak Trail 3.5 miles / 5.6 km Open
Mill Creek Trail (from James K. Carr Trail) 6.5 miles / 10.5 km Open
Mill Creek Trail (from Tower House Historic District) 2.5 miles / 4 km Open
Papoose Pass Trail 7.25 miles / 11.7 km Open

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 188
Whiskeytown , CA 96095

Phone:

(530) 242-3400

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