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Home Travel Trails New Trail Section Opens at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

New Trail Section Opens at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

Hikers and mountain bikers now can go from Redding’s Sundial Bridge to just below Trinity Lake in northern California

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A five-mile section of trail through the heart of Whiskeytown National Recreation Area in northern California linking Brandy Creek Falls Trail with Boulder Creek Falls Trail is now open, thanks to the hard work of volunteer groups and Student Conservation Association (SCA) summer interns.

The new trail has been under construction since the summer of 2007. A 16-person SCA crew of summer interns worked for nine weeks to construct 2.5 miles of the new trail through the rugged Papoose Pass. A celebration of the completion of the new section was held Aug. 15, 2009.

A bronze spike was placed in a granite boulder symbolizing the connection of the park's eastern trail system with its distant western trails. SCA Western Regional Director Jay Watson and National Park Service Pacific West Deputy Regional Director George Turnbull were on hand to witness the placement of the spike for a "Golden Spike Moment." A ranger led some 25 hikers over Papoose Pass for a complete tour of the new trail section.

Park Superintendent Jim Milestone told OldWestNewWest.Com that the new trail connects the trail system on the east side of the park to the trail system on the west side. The work on the new trail included building two bridges, one across the east fork of Boulder Creek, and another over a small drainage creek.

"Hikers and mountain bikers now can can go from Redding's Sundial Bridge on the Sacramento River all the way to Lewiston just below Trinity Lake," Milestone said. "Eventually, we hope to have the trail go all the way to the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area in the Shasta Trinity National Forest. The National Park Service is working in partnership with the City of Redding, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service to create the entire trail length."

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is a 42,000 acre natural forested all-season park that includes Whiskeytown Lake. The park was opened in November 1965, and receives around 800,000 visitorsannually who enjoy year-round recreation.

The park includes four major waterfalls, one of which is Whiskeytown Falls which was rediscovered by park rangers in 2004. Whiskeytown Falls has a 220-foot cascade, and there is a 260-foot trail for visitors to reach it.

The park is located approximately eight miles west of Redding, and reached using California State Highway 299. Public transportation to and from the park is not available. Also, a vehicle is necessary to get around inside the park.

Campgrounds are the only place to stay overnight in the park. Lodging is available in Redding, French Gulch and Weaverville.

For more information, call (530) 242-3410 or visit the park's Web site at