Whiskeytown Lake in Shasta county is a great getaway for the day for many Shasta county and Trinity county residents. A great place to get out for hiking and getting outdoors. We went for a hike last weekend out at Whiskeytown lake and it was quite warm. The trail we chose was a beginning level trail, mostly shady and very pleasant overall.
Whiskeytown lake is full up to the shore with water, as well as other lakes in northern California. Lot’s of rain and snow this year, and late in the season. This is going to be an excellent year to enjoy our rivers, creeks and lakes for sure.
Oak Bottom Water Ditch Trail was originally a canal system that provided water to the mining operations in Clear creek. The Water Ditch Trail, meanders, along the lake and also highway 299 west towards Clear creek. The trail is well shaded, and right on the lake for the most part. We did not hike the whole trail, it is 2.75 miles one way.
|Beautiful day on Whiskeytown lake in Shasta county.|
|Portion of the Oak Bottom Water Ditch Trail.|
|We found these quaint man made steps from stone and cement.|
|A dead tree in the sea green colored part of the lake.|
|Lots of wild flowers in the spring at Whiskeytown lake.|
Here is a link to the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area website. There you can view information about the different trails and more.