The Boulder Creek Falls Trail in the Whiskeytown National Recreational Area is a fur-ific hike to take your fur buddy on. This trail has two different trailheads. You can get on the longest section of the trail by driving down South Shore Drive until you are around two and a half miles past the crossroads and reach a gate. There are a few parking spaces there where you can leave your car. You'll need to leash your pup when you take them from the vehicle and keep them leashed the whole time you're on the trail. This part of the trail is just under three miles long.
The trail starts on the other side of the gate. There's no need to climb over it, you and your pup will find it easy enough to go around. Once you're on the trail, be ready for a steep uphill walk for the first mile. There's no shade coverage on the start of this section either, so if the sun is shining it can get pretty warm. You and your fur buddy will soon cool off once you hit the second mile of the trail as that's where the pine and fir forest begins. It's a good spot to take a breather if you need one.
The trail then runs alongside a creek until it reaches the Boulder Creek Falls. It's really picturesque at the waterfall. The cascade is surrounded by trees and runs into a pool where you can swim if you feel like freshening up. Your pup will love a paddle in the shallows too. From the falls, it's another mile to where the trail ends at Mill Creek Road.
If a three-mile there and back hike is too much for you and your pup, you can choose to access the trail at the Mill Creek Road trailhead instead. From there it's just a mile long hike to the falls, and it's just as scenic. Don't forget to pack your backpack with water and clean up bags. Have a puptastic hike!