Summary: Brandy Creek Falls is a pretty little 30 ft. drop along Brandy Creek in the Whiskeytown Natl Recreation Area. In the spring, Brandy Creek is rushing fast with the snowmelt coming off of Shasta Bally.
To get to the waterfall, you can take a short 2.6 mile (RT) hike after driving up the Shasta Bally Rd for 3.6 miles (off JFK Memorial Dr). Alternatively, you can take this longer 7.4 mile (RT) hike on the entire length of the Brandy Creek Trail.
The Brandy Creek Trail climbs moderately along the creek, sometimes
getting close to the creek, but mostly staying high above it. Don't miss seeing Lower Brandy Creek Falls, located 2.8 miles along the trail, just before the trail crosses Rich Gulch. The trail finally ends at a crossing of Brandy Creek, just below the main Brandy Creek Falls. It is not difficult to walk up beside the falls.
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Trailhead: From Hwy 299 (about 8 miles west of Redding), turn left onto JFK Memorial Drive (at the Whiskeytown visitor center). Drive 4.7 miles and park
at the Brandy Creek trailhead on the left (just past the Brandy Creek picnic area turnoff). There is a $5 daily use fee. (Lat:40.61268 Lon:-122.57469)
Trail Guides for Brandy Creek Trail:
Best Short Hikes in and Around North Sacramento Valley
by John Soares (Mountaineers Books)
Best Seasons: Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes,
Ranger Contact: Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, (530) 242-3400
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Leon Turnbull, who has posted 17 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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