Brandy Creek Falls
Highway 299 near Interstate 5 northwest of Redding
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
Whiskeytown, California 96095
Partial closure due to Carr Fire: The visitor center, East Beach, the Shasta Divide Nature Trail, Carr Powerhouse area, and Whiskey Creek boat launch and picnic area are open. All other parts of the park remain closed.
Due to the recent heavy snowfall throughout the Carr Fire burn area, numerous trees and branches have fallen in and around trails and parking lots and the threat for additional falling trees and "widowmakers" exists. Use trails at your own risk.
Brandy Creek is noted for five large cascading falls that sweep down across the polished granite rock in the upper box canyon. Upper Brandy Creek Falls plunge in a unique split formation through the steep vertical walls.
The umbrella-leafed indian rhubarb is one of the first spring flowers to appear, displaying an array of brilliant pink blossoms. In the fall, the leaves of the indian rhubarb turn a bright orange color.
The trail to the falls was improved in 2005 with hand-hewn rock steps and a metal railing to help hikers safely reach the top of the waterfall. Please stay on the trail and watch your footing on the slippery rocks.
Leashed dogs allowed on trails. Over the years, dogs that have run freely off the trails have encountered mountain lions as well as suffered severe bouts of poison oak, notably on their noses and underbelly. Of course, this can then spread to us human types.
• Distance: 3 miles round trip
• Difficulty: Moderate
• Elevation gain/loss: 500 feet
• View and print a trail guide.
The most important part of visiting Whiskeytown is that we need to practice responsible dog ownership. By following the leash requirements, picking up after your dog, not taking your dogs onto any of the four beach areas and being courteous to your fellow trail mates (other dog owners, hikers, bikers and equestrians), we will be able to protect our access to this wonderful national treasure.
Help us keep this trail beautiful and dog-friendly:
• Always follow the posted rules as they may have changed
• Respect and protect wildlife and habitats
• Pack in and pack out, leaving only paw prints
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