Hiking

The Mill Creek Trail – Scouting For Backcountry Campsites In Whiskeytown National Recreation Area.

Being that yesterday was the first of November and the weather was amazing, I set out to do some scouting on the Mill Creek Trail in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area.  This trail starts near the Camden House towards the western end of the park. The fall foliage was still in full effect and the trail was lined with beautiful golds, oranges, and reds. Mill Creek was flowing very nicely. This was a good sign because if I came upon a decent backcountry campsite, I would have a water source. I had the entire trail to myself all afternoon and enjoyed the peace and quiet. While I didn’t find any wonderful looking campsites, I did find a couple of spots that would make decent hammock camping sites.

The Mill Creek Trail is one of many trails that lead into the backcountry of the park. After reviewing a trail map, I found that had I followed the Mill Creek Trail further I would have come to an intersection. This intersection would allow me to drop down into the area of Boulder Creek Falls. From there I could check out the falls and eventually reach the Boulder Creek Falls backcountry campsite. It is the only backcountry site in the park that allows campfires.

I only hiked about two miles in on the trail this time due to time constraints. The trail is easy to follow and the creek crossings were very shallow and doable. The bugs were still out unfortunately, and of course I did not have any repellent with me on this hike.  I’m hoping to do this hike again and journey further into the woods soon. It’s just a matter of how soon the rain starts showing up. I had a great time filming this afternoon adventure. Take a look at the video and let me know what you think in the comments section. See you on the trail!

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