Hike to Whiskeytown Falls in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

Rate this Adventure Mill Creek Trailhead - Whiskeytown, French Gulch, California, United States

  • Activities:

    Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    2.8 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    787 Feet

Forest
River
Scenic
Waterfall

Great hike through forest with beautiful streams and creeks that leads you to a 220 foot cascading waterfall.

Coming from Redding pass the visitor center and heading down highway 299. Make a left turn on Crystal Creek Road. Drive about 3.75 miles and on your left will be the Mills Creek Trailhead. Start hiking. You will start headed downhill towards the creek. You will cross Crystal Creek on a footbridge. A little bit after crossing the creek you will see where you need to turn right to the James K. Carr trail. Continuing on the Mills Creek Trail will not take you to the waterfall. Once on the Jame K. Carr trail you will experience some elevation gain. The trail will level out and start running along the stream. At this point you are closer to the falls. Follow the trail a little longer and you will be at the bottom of the waterfall. There is a trail that goes along side of the waterfall that can take you to a view point higher up and you can look down the waterfall. This is an amazing waterfall. If you decide to go up to the upper viewpoint a careful of slippery rocks and know that you may get wet from splashes of water of the rocks.

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  • Water
  • Hiking Shoes/Boots
  • Food
  • Camera
  • Map
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Sober/Vegetarian. I love the outdoors, not just taking pictures and having a good time but learning about our natural world and teaching others to appreciate it and care for it. -Punk Rock Park Ranger. PCT 2019

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