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James K. Carr Trail to Whiskeytown Falls - 2 members in 4 triplogs have rated this an average 4.5 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Mar 19 2017
lojones5
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28 male
 Joined Jun 24 2015
 Redding, CA
James K. Carr Trail to Whiskeytown FallsNorthern, CA
Northern, CA
Hiking avatar Mar 19 2017
lojones5
Hiking3.81 Miles 988 AEG
Hiking3.81 Miles   1 Hour   47 Mns   2.54 mph
988 ft AEG      17 Mns Break2 LBS Pack
 
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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.
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Oct 18 2016
lojones5
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 Redding, CA
James K. Carr Trail to Whiskeytown FallsNorthern, CA
Northern, CA
Hiking avatar Oct 18 2016
lojones5
Hiking3.05 Miles 845 AEG
Hiking3.05 Miles   1 Hour   29 Mns   2.47 mph
845 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
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Took time after work for an evening hike to the falls, nice and cool outside and there was a bit more water since it has recently rained. Some great fall foliage this time around!
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Sep 17 2016
lojones5
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 Redding, CA
Hike to Whiskeytown Falls, CA 
Hike to Whiskeytown Falls, CA
 
Hiking avatar Sep 17 2016
lojones5
Hiking2.96 Miles 882 AEG
Hiking2.96 Miles   1 Hour   29 Mns   2.86 mph
882 ft AEG      27 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 
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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.

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Sep 22 2012
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 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
James K. Carr Trail to Whiskeytown FallsNorthern, CA
Northern, CA
Hiking avatar Sep 22 2012
CannondaleKid
Hiking4.60 Miles 1,210 AEG
Hiking4.60 Miles   4 Hrs   6 Mns   2.60 mph
1,210 ft AEG   2 Hrs   20 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
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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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Whiskeytown Falls
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