Place, Crystal Falls, Whiskeytown, California
Trailhead coordinates: 40.6506, -122.6684
Length: about 1/3 mile
Difficulty: very easy.
The rain caught up with us on the morning of Memorial Day. We woke up in a wet campcround and a thickly clouded sky that drizzled constantly. Didn't bother me at all ... but the rest of the family were not very enthusiastic about hiking in the rain so we packed and started our south with the idea of finding a dryer place to hike along our path.
We were lured by the sign directing to Whiskeytown Falls and drove all the way to the trailhead. The rain, however, had only got stronger. We gave up on that idea. Seeing how disappointed I was Papa Quail stopped at the trailhead to Crystal Falls, just before going on the main road again. The rain seemed to have stopped and we all got out of the car for a short visit to Crystal Falls.
It really is a very short trail, all flat and paved, leading to a picnic area that overlooks a small but very pretty water cascade.
|Crystal Falls, view from the picnic area|
|Crystal Falls from below|
|Downstream of the Falls.|
This little adventure also resulted in meeting with wildlife:
The best treat of this visit was waiting for us by the side of the trail above: a Firecracker flower! Isn't it gorgeous?
|Firecracker flower (Dichelostemma ida-maia)|