This is a great Whiskeytown area ride. It's a good workout ride with a mostly fire road climb and then almost all singletrack descents that include flowy sections (Rich Gulch Trail
), rocky sections (Upper Ice Box
) and a combination of both (Ice Box
The trail is on mostly sandy soil that drains very well and does not get sticky. Can be ridden year round as long as there is no snow.
All vehicles parked at Whiskeytown must display a valid National Park Service entrance pass on the driver's side of the dashboard. Daily passes are $5.00 and can be purchased at the visitor center kiosk.
The visitor center has a free color trail map called Exploring Whiskeytown. Definitely pick this up and bring it with you on your ride or use the MTB Project mobile app.
The Whiskeytown visitor center also sells a great trail guide book called North State Singletrack by Max Walter. There are many other trails in the Whiskeytown area and this book covers most of them.
The Chimney ride is a mostly fire road climb to Brandy Creek Falls and then a linking of singletrack trails and some fire road back to the trailhead.
Park at the Brandy Creek Trail
trailhead. There is a small parking lot at the trailhead on the south side of JFK Memorial Drive and a larger one on the north side with a restroom and water.
Start the ride by climbing Shasta Bally Road, stay straight at the first intersection, following the signs to Sheep Camp/Shasta Bally (left is Peltier Valley road, right is Brandy Creek Campground).
Keep climbing on the Shasta Bally fire road, you'll pass several signs for Brandy Creek Trail
on the right, just keep going up the road.
At the next major fire road fork stay left towards Brandy Creek Falls.
You'll pass trailhead signs for Salt Gulch Trail and Rich Gulch Trail
on your left and another Brandy Creek Trail
sign on your right. Just keep climbing up the fire road.
The fire road climb ends at the Brandy Creek Falls trailhead. There is a composting toilet restroom at the trailhead.
Keep climbing up the Brandy Creek Falls Trail. The trail is wide but very steep in some sections. All rideable.
The Brandy Creek Falls Trail connects to the Rich Gulch Trail
which will be on your left as you climb to the waterfall. You can either turn left directly onto Rich Gulch Trail
, or you can keep climbing to the waterfall (which is what we did) and then backtrack to Rich Gulch Trail
The first part of Rich Gulch Trail
is very steep and loose, but quickly turns into a great downhill with some fun burms and jumps. There are no turns off of Rich Gulch Trail
, just take it all the way down, back to the fire road.
When you hit the fire road, turn left and go back up the fire road to the Brandy Creek Trail
sign on your right. This time, drop onto the Brandy Creek Trail
. It's singletrack down to the Sheep Camp bridge.
When you hit the Shasta Bally road again, turn right (don't cross the bridge) and climb back up to the 2nd fire road fork.
At the fork, go left (downhill) and drop left onto the Brandy Creek Trail
. Mountain bikers call this trail Upper Ice Box
The singletrack will hit the road again. Turn left onto the road heading downhill and drop left again onto the Brandy Creek Trail
. Mountain bikers call this trail section Ice Box
This singletrack trail will take you all the way back to the trailhead and parking lot.
Part of the Lemurian Shasta Classic race.