• Whiskeytown Lake from the Davis Gulch Trail

    Whiskeytown

    National Recreation Area California

Trail to Whiskeytown Falls Reopens

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Date: January 15, 2009
Contact: Jim Richardson, (530)242-3413

The National Park Service has re-opened its most popular trail to Whiskeytown Falls after a series of days of fair weather and a long term dry spell is predicted. Whiskeytown Falls lies within the Crystal Creek drainage, which was least impacted by the fires and the safest to temporarily re-open to public use.

 The National Park Service has closed many trails and roads that were impacted by this summer’s wildfires. Over 6,244 acres burned on the rugged slopes of Shasta Bally in highly erosive soils. The potential for large scale mudslides and debris flows is high during and after rain events and snow melt. These flows can impact the watersheds of Boulder Creek, Brandy Creek and Crystal Creek, including all of the roads, trails, campgrounds and picnic areas in these watersheds.

The National Park Service put these closures in place following the first rain of the season. Signs are in place to warn the public of these closures and hazards. The closures will remain in effect through the wet season. “Keeping visitors safe is our highest priority, these debris flows can become avalanches of mud, trees, rock and water and be extremely dangerous and come with very little warning,” stated Superintendent Jim Milestone. “We are happy to be able to open the trail to Whiskeytown Falls temporarily, until the regular rains return” continued Milestone.

Whiskeytown Falls is accessed by taking Crystal Creek Road exit off State Highway 299 and driving 3.5 miles up to the James Carr Trailhead parking lot. The walk to the falls is 1.7 miles uphill and is considered steep. For further information please contact the Whiskeytown Visitor Center at (530) 246-1225 or visit the Whiskeytown Website at www.nps.gov/whis.

Did You Know?

Phantom Orchid

Whiskeytown has phantom orchids (Cephalanthera austiniae)? They are all white and devoid chlorophyll. This means that it cannot make energy for itself and must rely on symbiotic mycorrhizae for its nutrition.