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Contact: Matt Switzer, (530) 242-3454
In the spirit of celebrating the 100th birthday of the National Park Service, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is adding two ranger-guided waterfall hikes to those previously scheduled for Waterfall Week this week.
On both Thursday, April 21st, and Friday, April 22nd, Whiskeytown Superintendent Jim Milestone will lead hikes to the park's highest waterfall, the 220' Whiskeytown Falls. Join Superintendent Milestone and learn about the wonders of Whiskeytown while advancing you one waterfall closer to completing the Whiskeytown Waterfall Challenge.
Visitors can complete the Whiskeytown Waterfall Challenge on their own by obtaining a free Waterfall Challenge Passport at the visitor center or by obtaining one on a ranger-led hike. With the passport, visitors can hike to Brandy Creek, Boulder Creek, Crystal Creek and Whiskeytown Falls and stop at the trail register located at the base of each waterfall. Each register has a unique bronze plaque which visitors can use to create a colored impression within their passport. Once all four waterfalls are complete, visitors can then return the passport to the visitor center to receive their completion stamp and a special gift (while supplies last). The challenge can be completed during multiple visits, or, finish them all in one day for bragging rights. Join a park ranger for free ranger-led hikes to the park's four major waterfalls, including ADA accessible Crystal Creek Falls. During Waterfall Week, weekend hikes will be offered on the following dates and times:
- Thursday, April 21st - Whiskeytown Falls at 9:00
- Friday, April 22nd - Whiskeytown Falls at 9:00
- Saturday, April 23rd - Boulder Creek Falls at 9:00, Crystal Creek Falls at 1:30
- Sunday, April 24th - Whiskeytown Falls at 9:00, Crystal Creek Falls at 1:30
To reserve your spot, please call the visitor center at (530) 246-1225.
Please meet with the ranger at the visitor center between 9:00 - 9:15 a.m. for the morning hikes, and 1:00 - 1:30 p.m. for the afternoon hikes.
During the weekdays, park rangers will be hiking the waterfall trails to provide information, answer questions, and share stories about the waterfalls of Whiskeytown.
In celebration of National Park Week, Saturday, April 16th through Sunday, April 24th, will be a fee-free period for Whiskeytown and all 410 National Park units. This will be a great way to explore and learn about the national treasures and wonders found throughout the country.
For additional information about the Whiskeytown Waterfall Challenge, please contact Matt Switzer at (530) 242-3454. To learn more about Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, visit the park's website at www.nps.gov/whis. For more information on National Park Week and the National Park Service Centennial, please visit: www.nps.gov/npweek, www.nationalparkweek.org, and https://www.nps.gov/subjects/centennial/index.htm.