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James K. Carr Trail to Whiskeytown Falls, CA

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Difficulty 2 of 5
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Distance One Way 1.44 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,270 feet
Elevation Gain 593 feet
Accumulated Gain 701 feet
Avg Time One Way 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 3.78
Interest Perennial Waterfall & Perennial Creek
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7  2017-03-19 lojones5
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5  2016-09-17
Hike to Whiskeytown Falls
35  2012-09-22 CannondaleKid
Author lojones5
author avatar Guides 22
Routes 153
Photos 470
Trips 94 map ( 470 miles )
Age 26 Male Gender
Location Redding, CA
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Sun  5:58am - 6:08pm
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A Rise To The Falls
by lojones5

The trail to the falls is only about 1.5 miles long, but it is an uphill trek to keep you honest. The trail is mostly dirt--not rocky--and meanders along the side of a hill with plenty of trees providing shade and within close distance to the creek. There are a couple nice bridges to cross different parts of the creek, as well as some steeper sections to hike up. There are plenty of benches along the way for rests if necessary, and there is even a picnic area closer to the end of the trail with two picnic tables.

The trail is fairly popular. I saw several other people on trail, and there is plenty of other evidence that the trail is well used such as many of the trees and benches having initials carved in them. Despite this, the trail is still well worth the hike since the falls truly are relaxing and beautiful. It is a steep, rocky falls with a relaxing flow rather than an abrupt drop. There is also a steep walkway with a handrail to walk up along the side of the falls to see a higher section.

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2016-09-17 lojones5

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    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    James K. Carr Trail to Whiskeytown Falls
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    Back to Whiskeytown Falls again because the road to Brandy Creek Falls trail is still closed. The (small) parking lot was full, but the trail wasn't crowded at all. Quiet and peaceful, and we were the only ones there when arriving to the falls. This was the first time I got to see the falls with crashing flowing water, rather than a small trickle as it usually is. We ate lunch at the bench at the foot of the falls. I'm looking forward to visiting many waterfalls in the spring when they are largest from snow melt.
    James K. Carr Trail to Whiskeytown Falls
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    Hike to Whiskeytown Falls
    It was a nice weekend hike, short but with some elevation change. The falls were relaxing and it was so much cooler by them than at the start of the trail. Most of the trail was shaded. The trail seems popular, and I didn't like seeing all the names carved into trees. There was no trash on the ground though, so that was nice. Definitely a good hike to see some nice falls.

    I'm waiting for my full description to be approved for me to link to. I want to add many trail descriptions from northern CA, and am still figuring out the best way to do it.
    James K. Carr Trail to Whiskeytown Falls
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    With all three of my nephews were in school during the week we had them choose the hike we'd all do together, and this was by far the #1 choice, favored by my older sister as well. It was a great choice... reasonable length, more shade than sun, nice falls and a moderate climb of 800' AEG over the length of the hike (the extra 400' was due to my climbing up and down at the falls multiple times).

    Since my youngest nephew was a Steve Irwin devotee, this hike was more about catching and releasing whatever critters we came upon, including crickets, spiders, lizards and fish. He was hoping to find a few snakes, having found gopher, bull and rattlesnakes along here in the past.
    A note of interest here:
    We cancelled our trip to visit them last year due to him being bitten by a rattlesnake followed by a couple-week stay in the hospital along with dozens of doses of anti-venin, with his hand and arm swelling to over four times normal.

    As much as he already knew about snakes I asked him what he was doing grabbing a rattlesnake by the tail. He said it looked like a gopher snake but turned out to be a young rattler with no rattle, and being young it wasn't stingy with its venom. Now that he's had the experience he has decided against becoming a rattlesnake milker.

    Needless to say, both my sister and Tracey were happy no snakes were encountered on this hike. I believe the total critters caught-and-released was 16 Western Fence Lizards, a Southern Sagebrush Lizard, some kind of spider that caught a fly right in front of us, a Camel Cricket, and one small trout.

    Oh yeah, the water at the falls was so cold it was quite painful, although after only a minute or so of wading the effect was so numbing I felt nothing. Once out of the water, within a few minutes my legs had a weird but very welcome warm feeling. So welcome that I wanted to experience it again so along with my youngest nephew I went back in again and got the same feeling again. But twice was enough.

    After the requisite family photos we took a leisurely walk back to the TH, well the ones who weren't still catching critters anyway. But it was a great hike with three boys who truly love the outdoors... nothing like the field-trip brats yesterday at Lassen. Hopefully everything works out and they will take the trip to AZ with my sister next year and we'll hike every day for a week. And yes, we will be hunting rattlesnakes among other things.

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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    Starting at the Whiskeytown Visitor Center, drive west 8 miles along Highway 299 to Crystal Creek Road, located about .25 miles past the Tower House Historic District. Turn left onto Crystal Creek Road and drive 3.75 miles to reach the Mill Creek Trailhead. You will pass the turnoffs for Crystal Creek Falls and for Crystal Creek Campground. The Mill Creek Trail sign indicates distances to the James K. Carr trailhead leading to Whiskeytown Falls and the El Dorado Mine on Mill Creek.
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