The Lost Falls of Whiskeytown
The Lost Falls of Whiskeytown
On the radar for more than one goal today was the Whiskeytown Falls. There is an Earthcache there, actually there are 2 right in the area of the falls. All total there are 4 Earthcaches in the Whiskeytown National Parks area. Since you can’t place a physical cache in any National Park area, an Earthcache is an ideal cache to place to bring Geocachers to the area. All of the Earthcaches in the Whiskeytown area take you to the Waterfalls in the park. I can now check these two off of my Waterfalls list and plan my next adventure to see the other Waterfalls in the Whiskeytown National Park area!
Before I plan my next trip out to the other waterfalls, I just have to tell you about this waterfall. I am copying some of the info here from Waterfalls of Whiskeytown – Whiskeytown National Recreation Area website. It has all the details you want on the parks trails and waterfalls and they also have maps to get you there.
From the Whiskeytown Website:
For over 40 years this 220-foot waterfall was only a secret to the few that knew it existed. For a variety of reasons, some people decided not to share the falls’ existence with others. Today, people from all over the world have heard about the hidden secret.
After two summers of work, the National Park Service opened the trail to Whiskeytown Falls. The trail itself has been named in honor of James K. Carr, one of Redding‘s native sons.
I met up Saturday morning with a group of ladies from my church. They had posted the Event for our Ladies group on Facebook. Since I don’t get much of a chance to visit or do activities with them because Saturdays are usually my day to go out Hiking and Geocaching, I was thrilled to see an activity that I could do with them. We got started around 9:00 am and I think we arrived at the falls around 11:30. This is not a hike for the faint of heart, it was 90% uphill!! Some of the ladies were up the hill in no time, not me, it took me a lot longer. I stopped to catch my breath about every 100 feet or so. It was a 3.4 miles round trip hike, and going down was just as difficult as going up. The hike was well worth it though, it was beautiful. We arrived just about the time the sun was highlighting the falls. Beautiful!! We had a worship time with Tami who packed her little guitar up the trail with her.
I collected the information that I needed for the Earthcache: GC2JAE4 Whiskeytown Falls (Earthcache) by TeamNulti2003
I had fun with the ladies who were helping me figure out the answers I needed to log the Earthcache, I learned a lot about Waterfalls that I didn’t previously know. I have to tell you that I am not all that good with Earthcaches, they are not my favorite cache type, I don’t know why though because I always learn something new. This was a fun Earthcache to do. When we got back to our picnic area there was another Waterfall and anther Earthcache there too!!
Time to head back now and have our Picnic Lunch and find the other Earthcache!
GC368QM Don’t Take It For Granite. (Earthcache) by McKenzie~Binns
Lower Crystal Creek Falls
Picnic at Lower Crystal Creek Falls
one of the foot bridges we passed over
- Intro to Geocaching (turtlestravel.com)