• Whiskeytown Lake from the Davis Gulch Trail

    Whiskeytown

    National Recreation Area California

Whiskeytown Falls Vista Closed Due To Rock Slide

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Date: December 28, 2009
Contact: Jim Milestone, (530) 242-3410

The vista at the highest point of Whiskeytown Falls is closed due to a rockslide that occurred some time last weekend.  The trail to the waterfall remains open, and visitors are still able to enjoy the scenic beauty of the falls from its base.  The closure is in effect for the stone steps and railing leading up to the vista.  While the cause of the rockslide has not been determined, it is likely the result of the combination of rainfall and freezing temperatures occurring in the park over the past two weeks, which may have fractured the rock outcropping directly above the vista.  Winter weather over the next few months and snowmelts in the spring may delay repairs to the railing and the vista platform. 

 

Visitors are asked to remain below the railing leading to the upper falls, and the closure has been clearly marked with a barricade and red caution tape.  “The safety of our visitors is the most important consideration in my decision to the close the vista,” stated Superintendent Jim Milestone.  “We will reopen the vista as soon as it is safe for our employees to work in the affected area and perform the needed repairs,” concluded Milestone.  For further information, please contact the Visitor Center during the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at (530) 246-1225. 

 

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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.