Hike for Your Health at Whiskeytown Falls

In collaboration with the Healthy Shasta Initiative and First Lady Michelle Obama’s Lets Move Campaign, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area will be offering special hikes to the Whiskeytown Falls through the end of May 2010. The hikes are open to students of any age, and three hours are required for the 3.5-mile roundtrip hike to the falls. Students will get to enjoy the glorious view of the 220 ft falls, the tallest of the park’s four waterfalls. Free guided hikes open to the public are also available every Saturday March 13 through April 24. Start these hikes and build up to the challenge of hiking to all three waterfalls during Waterfall Week April 18 through April 24.

March 13- Salt Creek Loop Trail                                April 10- Davis Gulch Trail

March 20- Clear Creek Vista Trail                              April 17- Shasta Mine Loop Trail

March 27- Lower Brandy Creek Trail                           April 24- James K. Carr Trail to Whiskeytown Falls

April 3- Clear Creek Canal Trail

In addition to the waterfall hikes, Whiskeytown offers Gold Rush programs in the park’s Tower House Historic District, which meet the Fourth Grade California Curriculum Standards. The program focuses on the California Gold Rush and tells the story of two pioneer-prospectors and their families, Charles Camden and Levi Tower, who settle in the area in the early 1850s. There will be tour of the Camden House, one of oldest in Shasta County, a hike to a historic gold mine and stamp mill, and an opportunity to pan for gold.

Both programs are free, reservations required and allotted on a first-come-first-serve basis by calling Clinton Kane (530) 242-3451 or the Visitor Center at (530) 246-1225

For more information on Healthy Shasta visit http://www.healthyshasta.org or about the park http://www.nps.gov/whis