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.

Find a listing of all the park's trails.. For more information about specific trails, click on the underlined trail names in the chart below or stop in at the Visitor Center.

DUE TO THE CARR FIRE, TRAILS ON THE WEST SIDE OF WHISKEYTOWN NATIONAL RECREATION AREA MAY NOT BE ACCESSIBLE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Easy Hikes

Trail Name

Distance
(one way)

Status

Notes

Buck Hollow Trail

1 mile / 1.6 km

Closed

Camden Water Ditch Trail

1.1 mile / 1.7 km loop

Closed

Crystal Creek Falls

.25 mile / .4 km

Closed

ADA Accessible

Crystal Creek Water Ditch Trail

1 mile / 1.6 km

Closed

Hiking only - no bicycles or pack animals.

Oak Bottom Water Ditch Trail

2.3 miles / 3.7 km

Closed

Shasta Divide Nature Trail

.4 mile / .6 km loop

Closed

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

Closed

Trail to Boulder Creek Falls

Boulder Creek Trail (via Mill Creek Road)

1 mile / 1.6 km

Closed

Trail to Boulder Creek Falls

Brandy Creek Falls Trail

1.5 miles / 2.4 km

Closed

Brandy Creek Trail

2 miles / 3.2 km

Closed

Clear Creek Canal Trail

4.5 miles / 7.2 km

Closed

Clear Creek Vista Trail

1.8 miles / 2.9 km

Closed

Davis Gulch Trail

3.3 miles / 5.3 km

Closed

Guardian Rock Trail

1 mile / 1.6 km

Closed

Logging Camp Trail

1.25 miles / 2 km

Closed

Mount Shasta Mine Loop Trail

3.1 miles / 5 km

Closed

Mule Mountain Pass Trail

4.25 miles / 6.8 km

Closed

Peltier Trail

1.75 miles / 2.8 km

Closed

Princess Ditch Trail

1.9 miles / 3.1 km

Closed

Connects to the Bureau of Land Management's Swasey Recreation Area - View a BLM map of the area.
High-clearance vehicles recommended on Muletown Road.

Rich Gulch Trail

1.8 miles / 2.9 km

Closed

Salt Creek Loop Trail

1.9 miles / 3.1 km

Closed

Salt Gulch Trail

1.6 miles / 2.6 km

Closed


Moderate to Difficult Hikes

Trail Name

Distance
(one way)

Status

Notes

James K. Carr Trail to Whiskeytown Falls

1.7 miles / 2.7 km

Closed

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

Closed

Kanaka Peak Trail

3.5 miles / 5.6 km

Closed

Mill Creek Trail (from James K. Carr Trail)

6.5 miles / 10.5 km

Closed

Mill Creek Trail (from Tower House Historic District)

2.5 miles / 4 km

Closed

Papoose Pass Trail

7.25 miles / 11.7 km

Closed

Last updated: August 23, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 188
Whiskeytown , CA 96095

Phone:

(530) 242-3400

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