About Upper Falls
Have you ever wanted to have your own private waterfall? Or ever dreamt of sleeping in a redwood lined wall tent? Well, this is your chance! At Upper Falls, you literally have your own private oasis—complete with the gorgeous falls, as well as a deep swimming hole lined with rock walls.
Upper Falls has one campsite (or ahem....glampsite). Which is an awesome redwood lined doorless wall tent. The tent features 4 comfortable canvas cots. Top this off with a flush toilet(bring TP!) and you really can't go wrong (just make sure to bring your own water or a filter).
- Listing type: Private
- No. of sites: 1
- Accessible by: Drive
- Accommodation: Lodging
- Check in after: 2PM
- Check out before: 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
The vibe at Upper Falls
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
The campsite is amazing! It seems like the property owner is still making improvements that aren't listed in the amenities. There's a picnic table as well as a folding table (that we used for cooking). The tent has 4 cots, we moved two of them together to make somewhat of a 'queen' sized bed. The bathroom is to die for, it is spotlessly clean and has a flushing toilet, sink, and mirror.... and smells like fresh wood! There's also a large basin sink outside of it for doing your dishes. I noticed a large boxed up propane cooking stove on the side of the tent, so maybe the owner is building a kitchen area? FIVE STAR CAMPSITE FOR SURE!
Freakin' amazing! Loved everything about this site - the canvas tent with cots, the deck, supplied propane grill and extra tanks, flush toilet plus an extra sink outside the bathroom to wash dishes (and far enough away from the camp to keep the critters away). And it's hard to say enough about the creek and waterfalls. We were there on 100* days and the short walk (30 seconds) to dip into the cool creek waters was spectacular. Slippery and rocky around the creek so water shoes encouraged. But it is absolute paradise. Met the owner Chris and manager Robin and they were great. Couldn't be nicer guys. You're way out there so nice to know somebody is around. Speaking of, the gravel road to get to the camp takes a good 30 minutes of slow driving
Oh yeah -- I had read Ben's comment about the long windy road, so we clocked the milage from the property gate to the site and it's about 5 miles, so although you definitely feel like you're getting lost or will never arrive, eventually you do! If you keep an eye on your odometer you can know when to start getting really excited :)
Upper Falls is a very remote, off the grid campsite on a beautiful ranch, full of trees, meadows, and a stream that runs throughout the property. We fell asleep to the sound of our own private waterfall. It was a very relaxing, peaceful experience. We also enjoyed checking out the historical sites as we passed through French Gulch.
Upper Falls is a beautiful location for camping. The falls is less than a minute away from the campsite and is truly breathtaking. Finding the gate entrance was a little confusing (don't use the map coordinates because it takes you to a different location entirely) and I recommend bringing an SUV since the drive was difficult in a normal sedan (lots of rocks scraping the under carriage ). Bring bug spray and/or a bug repellent candle!
We spent one night at Upper Falls and had a great time. I definitely wouldn't drive that road in anything less than a 4x4 vehicle, though. The waterfall was gorgeous, but beware poison ivy/oak and bring lots of bug spray.
The water wasn't working for us and it looked like it hadn't been off for some time. Overall, a great experience.
This site is very special! The falls were absolutely gorgeous and the swimming and fishing were fabulous. I was content to hang out all afternoon at the falls, sunbathing on the big flat rock area and swimming in the crystal clear water. I was thrilled to see all the butterflies and lizards. We also saw several small snakes. The mosquitoes are terrible in this area but we were successful with a repellent spray (Coleman SkinSmart Deet Free Odorless which I would buy again). The bathroom/outhouse at this site is quite a distance from the tent cabin - I counted 150 steps, so it's not the right site for everyone. The path to the bathroom building is flat terrain but goes through a thistle patch. The path is narrow and the thistles brush against your pants or legs. It wouldn't work to push a wheelchair down that path. The bathroom is great - flushing toilet works well and the sink and mirror were nice. It's clean and had no bad odor. The tent cabin itself was great, although a major flaw is no flap or door. Someone attached shade cloth to the opening but there's still enough space for bugs to fly in. We were able to rig a tarp to cover the opening which worked ok, but a canvas door flap would be much better. The tent was great with no rain but it would definitely not be waterproof. The cots were in excellent condition - 4 adult cots and 1 child size cot. 2 of the adult cots are bigger and can accommodate a large man. We slept fine! There was no grill/stove as someone I think had mentioned. The area was quiet and secluded and beautiful ....I found it very relaxing. Not being able to have a campfire is disappointing but I can understand the owner's point of view on that. We will likely return to this spot someday! One more thing - the gate into the property is very difficult to open and close. It was not easy for my very strong husband.
What an incredible site! The swim spot is incredible and trekking up/down the river is an adventure if you're into that kind of thing :)
Would definitely recommend bringing a stove as you can't use the fire pit in the summer time because of fire danger.
Also make sure to bring some bug spray as the mosquitoes can get a bit nasty at night, it's actually better down by the water than by the campsite/table.
I also highly recommend visiting the water at night, we saw beautiful newts swimming and a few frogs hopping around.
Upper Falls is really beautiful, but I would suggest coming here in the summer months only. I was there in October 2015. By the time we checked in at the checkin time, the sun had already left the swimming hole and waterfalls -- AND the water was freezing. If there was an earlier checkin and a later checkout, we would have been able to enjoy the swimming more. In the morning, we were able to swim with sun for maybe 1 hour before it was time to check out.
This place made our 5.5-hour drive totally worth it. Enough said about the private waterfall and swimming hole, the glamp-site, the luxurious flush toilet and dish sink, the neat picnic table and fire-pit (no fire though), etc. With no cell reception or electricity, it became an intimate experience for us and nature - when it's hot, we went for a swim in the clear water; when the sun set, we cooked and enjoyed a meal (our favorite hotpot); when it's dark, we talked under the starry sky, then fell asleep in the peaceful sound of the creek; and when the sun was up, we woke up with sunshine shimmering down the canvas tent. This is the life I want to live for a hundred years (minus the mosquitoes though)!!
A few most important tips:
- Bring BUG SPRAY!! (or you would be eaten alive by mosquitoes!! Jk lol.. but really)
- Bring external batteries - you would need it for navigation with your phone
- Bring a slightly thicker sleeping bag - it got chilly at night in your sleep although it's hot during the day
- Bring flashlights - you need one to go to the bathroom at night
We had a wonderful time at Upper Falls! The private waterfall truly is magical and makes the whole experience worth the trip. We brought up floats and floated in the swimming hole all day. The water was very cold and refreshing on a warm August day. The mosquitoes and flies are really bad when you are outside of the water, so bring lots of bug spray and citronella candles. They are surprisingly not as bad in the canvas tent (even though it is open---no door and many holes for them to get it). I would recommend driving a 4 wheel drive vehicle. We made it fine in a small Ford Fiesta, however if it had rained it would have been bad news. The bathroom is very clean and has flush-able toilets. Also, there a sink to wash your dishes with running water by the bathroom. The stars are absolutely beautiful at night! Overall, our trip was great, and I would definitely go back!
We loved this secret oasis spot so much and would definitely go back! Couple of things to note:
The drive in is LONG. Make sure you have a full tank of gas before you leave Redding just so you aren't stuck in the woods with no cell phone service;) Once we hit the ranch entrance the campsite was quite a drive (we crossed two bridges and many, many rocks!) It was longer than we thought but keep going! Your destination is magical.
As others have noted, the bugs are really bad. We survived off of one can of bug spray between 4 people for the weekend but I would recommend bringing a couple of cans along with citronella candles. Once we covered ourselves in bug spray-we were totally fine but I would imagine if you forgot to bring it it wouldn't be pleasant!
One fun surprise was the propane fire pit. Listing says no fires but this spot has a really cool fire pit connected to a propane tank. We had fires both nights and it was lovely.
I loved this little place so much I wanted to live here. We ran into the owner and a couple of guys working the land during our stay and all were incredibly welcoming and kind. If you have a weekend to make out of it and are down for an adventure this place is A++
This site is ideal for those who you want to unplug completely. You lose cell reception more than 12 miles from the site, just before the historic town of French Gulch. The drive is in very scenic. As soon as you hit Whiskeytown, the landscape is an immediate mood setter. Roll the windows down and enjoy the curvy roads, it's about an hour to cover the 35 miles from Redding to the camp. The road is windy and pitches up and down, tons of fun to drive. From French Gulch to the gate at Kutras Ranch, it's ~7.5 miles. Stop to wave to the locals and respect their 'SLOW DOWN' signage, it's worth it and everyone we interacted with was super friendly. You need two people to operate the gate, one person to stand on it while the other swings it. We have a Subaru Outback and it made quick work the of rough terrain on the road in. As others have noted in their reviews, it's 5 miles from the gate to this site. The road is well marked. The site is perfect laid out. Sufficient room for the camp kitchen and picnic table. Close proximity to the gas fire pit. The tent gets morning shade and afternoon sun. The tent is rustic and the bugs are MANY and STRONG, so be prepared that you're outdoors and have a plan to deal with that. The cots were great, kids loved them. It sleeps four but with so much extra space. The gas fire pit made us miss the smell of a wood burning camp fire, but it's safer and easy to use. The outhouse is about 2mins walk and extremely nice. Flush toilet, sink for dishes, and well ventilated. My wife really appreciated that part of the site. The wildflowers in the meadow are worth the walk around. It was hot on our trip, so we used the swimming hole a couple of times. Kids enjoyed the rushing cold water and our pug was happy to dive in. We ran into the campers from Sasquatch Meadows, that site accesses the swimming hole by going through this Upper Falls site. That was a bit surprising, we had been so unplugged and isolated that when other humans showed up it surprised us a bit. Very friendly people, we just didn't expect to see them. Wildlife abounds in this area. We saw deer, slugs, crawfish, lizards, and even a rattlesnake. The latter was a definite shock while I was on a trail run. I was cruising along the beautiful rock roads and dirt paths, dropped down into one of the meadows by the second wooden bridge, and the serenity of my peaceful jaunt was broken by the audible warning of his rattle. Sunbathing on the trail and camouflaged by his skin matching the dirt, I did not see him until I heard him. We both gave each other a wide birth. Took me a minute for my heart rate to recover, but that's part of being outdoors. Caution and respect means it all ended well. We loved this site. Terri and Chris were great hosts, minimal interaction was perfect for us and we had everything we needed. If you want to get completely out of touch, this is your place. NorCal at its' finest, set deep on Trinity Mountain Road.
One of the best campsites i have ever been to. And to have a waterfall right next to the campsite was just too perfect to be true. Make sure you carry a bug spray as there are lot of bugs. The toilet was clean and the tent was also well maintained.
We are definitely coming back again.