You and your pup are in for a puptastic hike in northern California at the James K. Carr Trail to Whiskeytown Falls. How could the day be spent any better than on a trail hiking in the great outdoors with your fur-ever friend by your side?
Pick up the trailhead for this pup-friendly hike on Crystal Creek Road, just past the turn off for Crystal Creek Falls. There is a parking lot here where you will find this trailhead and two others that wind through the area – Mill Creek Trailhead and El Dorado Mine Trailhead. Those can be visited another day.
Now its time to head out on the James K Carr Trail where you will be treated to a 3.4-mile out-and-back experience you will not soon forget. The trail is rated as moderate to difficult, but can be managed by most any one or any fitness level pup because there are lots of benches along the way. Sit here and take a rest because the end result of hiking this trail is breathtaking.
The trail will take you through forests of lush green grasses and native plants, and past many rushing creeks along this restored logging road. The summit is Whiskeytown Falls where you can climb to the top with the help of a handrail system. There is a photographer’s lookout here where selfies are a must to commemorate your hike. Or stay at the bottom of the falls to enjoy the crashing water sounds and spectacular views.
Just about the halfway point of your hike, there is a picnic area, and restrooms are located at the trailhead, but you must supply your own water. The footing is mostly dirt and sand, which can become slippery after a heavy rain, or anytime near the base of the falls, so take care with your steps.
Visit the James K. Carr Trail today with your adventurous pup!