Crystal Creek Falls is a 50 foot waterfall off CA Highway 299, in the Whiskeytown Lake area. Even though we are now in August when the snow melt is waning, the falls are spectacular. I cannot wait to return either for the fun swim-holes or picnic opportunities. There are two reasons why we picked this place: it was on the list of "easy" hikes, and it was only a few minutes out of Redding.
The picture, from left to right, is my daughter Emilie, Eileen my mother-in-law, and Anthony my nephew. What a refreshing morning we had together! Yes, the water is cold. After all, it is melted snow. A return in late spring makes this place thunderous, from what I am told. I can’t wait. Of course, there are many falls yet to check out within an hour of Redding.