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James K. Carr Trail to Whiskeytown Falls, CA

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
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
2  2016-10-18 lojones5
5  2016-09-17
Hike to Whiskeytown Falls
35  2012-09-22 CannondaleKid
Author lojones5
author avatar Guides 23
Routes 162
Photos 538
Trips 104 map ( 523 miles )
Age 27 Male Gender
Location Redding, CA
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Preferred   Apr, Oct, May, Mar → Any
Sun  4:39am - 7:44pm
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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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    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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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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