The Northern California Hiking Area That Takes You To Not One, But Three Waterfalls
By Jill S.|Updated on August 04, 2022(Originally published July 31, 2022)
Jill is a freelance writer from a small Northern California town and lives in the Sierra Nevada mountains. If you have an idea for an Only In Northern California story, email her at email@example.com.
The waterfall hikes in Northern California are nothing short of extraordinary. There are so many hiking trails with waterfalls in Northern California that it can almost be overwhelming to newcomers. The flow can range from a small trickle to a massive cascade and is heavily dependent on season and how much rain we’ve been getting, so it’s worth noting that the appearance of falls can change dramatically throughout the year.
For more information on Whiskeytown National Recreation Area’s hiking opportunities, check out the National Park Service website. Updates on the Brandy Creek Falls Trail will be posted there, but we hope that it can reopen one day.
Have you ever visited Whiskeytown National Recreation Area in Northern California and seen any of these brilliant falls? Share your experience in the comments. And if you like exploring waterfalls in Northern California, we’ve got a whole weekend itinerary for you that you won’t want to miss.
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Waterfall Hikes In Northern California
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What are some of the best waterfall hikes in Northern California?
If you're looking for waterfalls in Northern California, you don't want to miss the aptly-named Hidden Falls Park! This place is chock-full of beauty and has over 30 miles of hiking trails. The waterfall that the park is named for is absolutely stunning.
What are some great kid-friendly hikes in Northern California?
Frazier Falls Trail is a super-easy one-mile trail in Northern California that - you guessed it - is home to Frazier Falls. The 176-foot waterfall is quiet the sight, and the trail provides access to a beautiful overlook that gives you a spectacular vantage point to see the falls. There are plenty of other family-friendly hikes in the area that won't take all day or a lot of energy, but still provide excellent views and beautiful scenery.
Are there any easy-access waterfalls in Northern California?
We get it - sometimes you're not feeling up for the exertion necessary for a long hike, but still want to check out some of our beautiful waterfalls. No sweat (literally!): we've got some wonderful waterfalls in Northern California that don't require any hiking at all! One of our favorites is Kickapoo Falls at Trinity Center in Shasta Natural Forest. This 55-foot cascade can flow with a ton of strength after a good rainfall.