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The Best Hikes of Waterfall Hikes From Redding

21 Triplog Reviews in the Waterfall Hikes From Redding
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0.2 mi • 41 ft aeg
The hike was very short, but this is probably my favorite waterfall swimming hole so far since there is a large tree trunk leaning against the falls that someone had cut notches in for climbing. This allows people to climb up the tree trunk and jump off wherever they feel comfortable. There are also a few higher cliff jumping spots for people to enjoy.
5.87 mi • 1,196 ft aeg
This was our second attempt to reach Boulder Creek Falls this year, and I'm happy to say that we made it this time! There are three major creek crossings that require walking through fast flowing water, and last time there was a bit too much to safely cross. The water was about up a little past my knees this time, so we were able to cross by carefully walking through. There was a running event going on with people running up to 50K to all the falls around Whiskeytown Lake, so we passed several runners during the hike--they would hardly slow down to cross the creeks! The falls are about as I remembered it from last year, but with more water. Overall it was a great hike, and I'm glad to have finally reached the falls this year.
3 mi • 800 ft aeg
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.
3.81 mi • 988 ft aeg
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.
2.69 mi • 457 ft aeg
After all the rain here, the creeks were flowing with lots of water. This makes for beautiful scenery and full waterfalls, but unfortunately this also means river crossings are not as easy. We made it across the first crossing by crawling across a wet and slippery log, but unfortunately the next crossing looked even more difficult and we weren't prepared to walk across the creek. We turned around the way we came, enjoyed seeing the rivers, and took a short drive to the easily accessible Crystal Creek Falls [ description ] instead so we still got to see some fantastic falls.
5.98 mi • 2,152 ft aeg
Burstarse Falls via Dog Trail and PCT
The rain stopped by noon today in Castella, so it was a great time to hike to Burstarse Falls. The parking lot at Dog trailhead is large, and unfortunately had some trash througout. But that's just the parking lot, where some people go to shoot. Dog Trail and the PCT was pristine. The PCT passed several creeks that had plenty of water flowing from recent precipitation. There were tiny patches of snow on the ground, but not many. I passed Popcorn Springs, and soon reached Burstarse Creek which had a small wooden sign attached to a tree marking the creek. There isn't much of a trail up the canyon along the creek, but there is a steep path on the east side of the creek to reach the lower falls. The lower falls are about 25 feet tall, with plenty of water flowing at this time. I was able to continue up past these falls before having to cross to the west side of the creek, and eventually had an obstructed view of the grand Burstarse Falls which are about two or three times taller than the lower falls. Falling right off the edge of a cliff down to the creek. Unfortunately I wasn't able to get much closer at the time, the rocks were slippery and I didn't want to risk falling in or getting hurt. Nature wins this time, so I'll have to go back again more prepared to get the full view of the upper falls.
6.47 mi • 1,275 ft aeg
Boulder Creek Falls Trail
The hike was gorgeous with perfect weather plenty of fall foliage along the entire trail. I came across chainfern and big leaf maple trees, among plenty of other plants (including poison oak). The waterfall was tucked away just off the main trail, and had a bench facing it where I ate lunch. On my hike back, I noticed hundreds of ladybugs--I must have walked right through them on my way there just before the first creek crossing.
3.87 mi • 938 ft aeg
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.
2.96 mi • 882 ft aeg
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.
4.6 mi • 1,210 ft aeg
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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