Easy, flat, and paved.
About 1/3 mile one way
Two picnic tables and BBQ grills
Enter at your own risk
The Carr Fire burned through 98% of the park’s forested lands in the summer of 2018. Be aware of hazards created by the fire, including falling trees and limbs, burned out stump holes, abandoned mine features, and loose rocks. Watch the weather and do not hike if rain is forecast. Rainstorms present the possibility of flash flooding, landslides and debris flows in the fire area. Stay on established roads and trails and report hazards to park dispatch, (530) 242-3431.
From Highway 299 on the western section of the park, follow Crystal Creek Road for two miles and then turn left into the Crystal Creek Falls trailhead and parking lot. A vault toilet is available at the parking lot.
Walk the flat, wide, paved trail behind the access gate for about 1/3 mile until you reach a picnic and barbecue area. Crystal Creek Falls, a two-tiered cascade, is immediately ahead of you. While a good view of the waterfall can be enjoyed from the pavement, an informal dirt trail leads down to the base of the cascade. With significant shade, this area is popular for water play on hot summer days. Behind the small cement building, an informal, unmaintained trail leads to the upper falls; use caution if you choose to walk this steep and rocky route.
Last updated: September 7, 2021