This fall is accessible from two directions, but the preferred, 1.5 mi hike is from the west side. It is a fairly level logging road with great sight-lines, almost entirely shady, and perfect for an hour or two stroll. There is no poison oak but ticks are common. At the falls, cool, spring-fed water flows all year. The pool below the fall is barely swimming-depth and sandy-bottomed.

This trail has light pedestrian and bike traffic throughout the year. Deer and squirrel are common, with bears and cougars sometimes seen. Leashes are required in developed areas of Whiskeytown.

DIRECTIONS TO BOULDER CREEK FALLS:

From Redding, take Highway 299 west. Go past the lake (don't forget to buy a use permit at the visitor center) and turn left at Carr Power House. Take a right across the bridge and then take the second gravel road on the right ("Mill Creek Rd"). Stay right, through the green gate that is sometimes closed in the winter, and up the hill for 1.8 windy, gravel/dirt miles. Most 2-wheel-drive cars will have no problem with the road. https://www.nps.gov/whis/planyourvisit/maps.htm