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Brandy Creek Falls Trail, CA

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Distance Round Trip 3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,978 feet
Elevation Gain 600 feet
Accumulated Gain 800 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 7
Interest Perennial Waterfall & Perennial Creek
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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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Preferred   Apr, Oct, May, Mar → Any
Seasons   Spring
Sun  5:52am - 6:18pm
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by lojones5

If you are looking for a shorter yet very rewarding hike, embark on the Brandy Creek Falls trail near Whiskeytown Lake. You'll be at the falls before you know it, and want to spend plenty of time exploring the many smaller falls as well as the larger Upper Brandy Creek Falls. There are several pools as well, one at the bottom of most of the falls. As well as small pool right near the edge above the largest waterfall, for those brave enough to bear both the height--and the cold water. There are plenty of rocks and boulders to explored the creek between the falls, you can get as close as you like to the rapids.

The road to the trailhead is a one-way dirt road that is occasionally steep or narrow, be careful about oncoming cars. Most cars will be fine driving on the dirt road slowly; I saw a car and minivan at the trailhead.

The base rock of Brandy Creek is Copley Greenstone, primarily basalt formed by shallow underwater volcanism about 400 million years ago.

The hike is uphill most of the way; the trail is usually wide and great for groups. There are a few bridges to cross and once the falls are reached, there are some railings for more slippery areas.

Water Sources
Brandy Creek

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2016-10-08 lojones5
    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.

    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Brandy Creek Falls Trail
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    Another beautiful day for a hike, and Brandy Creek Falls still has water flowing despite the decline of precipitation this winter. Felt great to get outside and explore around these falls again. I love how many awesome places there are around Redding, and how so many of them are almost never crowded.
    Brandy Creek Falls Trail
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    The road to this hike is finally fully open again, marking the beginning of Waterfall Week at Whiskeytown NRA. Brandy Creek had whitewater rapids throughout almost the entire hike, which ended in several powerful cataracts and waterfalls. A wonderful time to hike this trail--any more water and the path around the falls would have been too flooded.
    Brandy Creek Falls Trail
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    There was a windy, sometimes narrow or steep, dirt road leading up to the trailhead which had parking and a bathroom. The trail itself started wide and there was a fork near the beginning, with the right path leading down to the creek. The left was the trail which follows the south side of the creek until reaching the lower and upper falls. There were several pools that looked inviting, but I knew they were freezing cold. The falls were gorgeous and there was plenty of area to explore since there were rocks in the creek between each smaller falls. I saw several people along the hike, but had the entire falls to myself about 8 minutes after I got there. It was a great hike to start up again, since I fell off some skates last week and couldn't hike last weekend.

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    Map Drive
    FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

    To hike
    Starting at the Whiskeytown Visitor Center, drive south on Kennedy Memorial Drive towards Whiskeytown Dam. At the fork in the road, go to the right and cross over the dam. The paved road winds around the lake to the Brandy Creek Beach area. Turn left onto Brandy Creek Road, which will quickly become a good dirt road. Drive approximately 2.5 miles towards Sheep Camp. Along the way, you will see several signs on the right that say “Brandy Creek Trail”; do not stop at these sections of the trail along the lower portions of the creek. Keep driving until you reach the trailhead marked on the Official Route on the hikearizona Description page. There will be a parking lot with a bathroom at the trailhead.
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