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.Warning
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.