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Davis Gulch Trail, CA

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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 2.65 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,290 feet
Elevation Gain 111 feet
Accumulated Gain 244 feet
Avg Time One Way 1-1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 3.46
Interest Seasonal Creek
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Author lojones5
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Age 26 Male Gender
Location Redding, CA
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Preferred   Apr, Mar, Nov, Oct
Sun  5:49am - 6:23pm
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Relaxing lake hike
by lojones5 & HAZ_Hikebot

Scenic coves with fishing and swimming opportunities. Plant identification plaques. Hikers only, no bicycles or horses.

Watch out for poison oak.

Starting at the south end of the trailhead, the path meanders in and out of small canyons. The first 1.5 miles of the path is well shaded and generally level, following an old irrigation ditch.

Plant identification plaques have been placed along the trail. Look for big leaf maple and incense cedar, which are especially graceful trees. Benches noting trail distances have been placed along the trail. Stop and enjoy the view, looking north across the lake towards South Fork Mountain ( 3,447 feet).

After about 2.0 miles, the trail descends to the lakeshore and winds along scenic sandy coves perfect for swimming and fishing. The trail follows the lakeshore for about 1.o miles, then gently climbs up a ridge to the trailhead at Brandy Creek Parking Lot B.

Historic mining activity can be seen at different locations on the trail. In this area, “coyote holes” were dug by miners in the late 1800s. There was just enough room for one miner to climb in with a pickaxe and a bucket. The gravel, dirt and gold were hauled up by a windlass and carried to a nearby stream for washing. Working inside the hole was the most dangerous type of gold mining - accidents frequently occurred from the caving-in of these diggings, which often did not have any shoring.

Special Closures
Portions of the trail may be closed to park visitors from January through July because of nesting Bald Eagles. Human activity disrupts reproduction of this threatened species.

National Park Service data sheets included within.

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2016-12-11 lojones5 & HAZ_Hikebot
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Davis Gulch Trail
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This is always a pretty hike that is well shaded that starts through an area that is almost jungle like. There are even some interesting vines that look tempting to swing across. After all the rain, there is lots of green and many trees are covered in moss. In some areas the ground is covered as well. I stopped to enjoy a quiet lake lagoon before turning around and heading back along the quiet trail--I didn't run into any other people along the way.
Davis Gulch Trail
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This was a very nice hike that is easy to get to in the winter. Follows mostly near to the lake, across several small canyons which had water flowing through. There are many benches along the way, and signs pointing out plant life. The hike was mostly quiet, didn't see too many other hikers. Each viewpoint had a bench by it, so we ate lunch near the end on a bench looking towards a quiet cove.

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Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To hike
Starting at the Whiskeytown Visitor Center, drive south on Kennedy Memorial Drive. The road forks. Continue on the right fork, crossing over the dam. The traiIhead is located on Kennedy Memorial Drive, about a half mile after crossing the dam. For a one -way hike, take two vehicles, parking one at the south side trail head and drive the other to the north side trail head. Park at the Brandy Creek Beach Parking Lot B, near the restroom.
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