Dog-friendly brandy creek falls in Whiskeytown NRA

Brandy Creek Falls

Highway 299 near Interstate 5 northwest of Redding
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
Whiskeytown, California 96095
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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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Whiskeytown National Recreation Area <br/> Photo Credit: @bodhi_mastiff
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
Photo Credit: @bodhi_mastiff
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