Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is offering a series of ranger-led hikes in the park during the next month that will highlight the beauty and history of the region. These hikes will provide a fun, educational opportunity to learn more about the region while getting a little exercise in the outdoors.
These hikes are open to the public and dogs on leash are allowed and encouraged. The ranger-led hikes enable visitors to explore the parkâ€™s diverse trail system with a park ranger and learn about Whiskeytownâ€™s natural and cultural history. For dogs and dog owners, B.A.R.K. Ranger Activity Books will be available and you and your faithful companion can become official Whiskeytown National Recreation Area B.A.R.K. Rangers!
While entrance passes are required to recreate in the park, there is no additional fee for the ranger-led hikes. Visitors should bring water and wear close-toed shoes. Programs will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather. In order to serve as many different hiker skill levels and visitors as possible, the ranger-led hikes vary in length and difficulty.
Here is the schedule:
Saturday, January 29 @ 10 am – Clear Creek Canal Trail
1.5 miles roundtrip, mostly flat and dirt trail. Meet at Mt. Shasta Mine Trailhead. The hike will spotlight the story of the Central Valley Project, involving the creation of Whiskeytown Lake and the Clair A. Hill Whiskeytown Dam.
Saturday, February 5 @ 10 am – Clear Creek Canal Trail/Mt. Shasta Mine Loop
1.5 miles roundtrip, some elevation gain. Meet at Mt. Shasta Mine Trailhead. The hike will discuss the human history of this area of the park.
Friday, February 11 @ 1 pm – Geology Hike to Whiskeytown Falls
3.5 miles roundtrip, trail is steep and strenuous with 700 feet of elevation gain. Meet at the James K. Carr Trailhead on Crystal Creek Road. The hike will focus on park geology and hydrology and the interconnections between the two.
Saturday, February 12 @ 10 am – Crystal Creek Falls B.A.R.K. Ranger Walk
1 mile roundtrip on a flat, paved trail. Meet at the Crystal Creek Falls Trailhead. Bring your leashed dog and get them certified as an official Whiskeytown B.A.R.K. Ranger as you stroll to the picturesque waterfall.
Saturday, February 19 @ 10 am – Tower House Historic District Hike
1.5 miles roundtrip on mostly flat, dirt surface. Meet at the Tower House Historic District parking lot. This hike will spotlight the lives of best friends and business partners Charles Camden and Levi Tower.
Saturday, February 26 @ 10 am – Crystal Creek Water Ditch
2 miles roundtrip on a flat, dirt trail. Meet at the Crystal Creek Water Ditch Trailhead. This walk will focus on local mining history and the Camdens.