Redding (Shasta County) is the Shasta Cascade's largest city with a population of about 100,000. It’s also home to Shasta Cascade’s most impressive manmade landmark, the Sundial Bridge
, a Santiago Calatrava creation straddling the Sacramento River and part of a 16-mile, dog-friendly paved trail that runs along the river from Redding to Shasta Dam, the largest center overflow dam in the world.
Prominent landmarks include Mount Lassen (10,457 feet above sea level), Mount Shasta (topping out at 14,179 feet) and Lake Shasta, the state’s largest reservoir with 47 square miles of surface area and plenty of dog-friendly houseboats for rent.
Visit here to explore the rest of the Shasta Cascade.
Redding calls itself California’s Trail Capital,
and for good reason: about 100 miles of trails, both paved and natural-surface, have been developed in and around the city through private and public partnerships. Fall is a particularly nice time to take in the views from the Upper Sacramento Ditch Trail,
which traces the route of a historic waterworks that once supplied miners’ sluice boxes. Three bridges along the northern part of the path span gorges that gush with waterfalls in springtime and offer arresting views of Shasta Lake
and Keswick Reservoir at any time of year. more »
With 100 miles of trails within 10 miles of Redding’s
city center, and many more beyond, it’s easy to understand why Redding is considered to be the Trail Capital of California. These trails of varying degrees of difficulty, from easy to rolling hills to moderate climbs, have one thing in common - both you and your pups are welcome. As you walk along these trails, you’ll see wildlife, wildflowers and spectacular scenery, including Mount Shasta, Mount Lassen and other peaks of the Shasta Cascade
. The Redding Convention & Visitors Bureau
and DogTrekker.com have compiled a list of dog-friendly Redding area trails
with informative descriptions, difficulty ratings, distances and recommendations of what to bring along on your trek. Also, check out Kayla’s review of the Turtle Bay Exploration Park and Sacramento River National Trail in Kayla’s Korner
. Redding, DogTrekker.com’s Paw-tested Trail Capital of California. more »
Northern California DogTrekkers are probably more familiar with the geographic features of the Sierra Nevada mountain range than with the Shasta Cascades that define the landscape around Redding.
With hundreds of miles of trails within an hour’s drive of Redding, it’s easy to understand why Redding is called the Trail Capital of California. These trails of varying degrees of difficulty, from easy – to rolling hills – to moderate climbs, have one thing in common – both you and your pups are welcome. As you walk along these trails, you’ll see wildlife, wildflowers and spectacular scenery, including Mount Shasta, Mount Lassen and other Cascade peaks.
Heading north from Redding, DogTrekkers will find an abundance of Fido-friendly hike, splash, play and stay choices—too many for just one trip. Mount Shasta City, nestled at the foot of the imposing, 14,162-foot volcanic peak of the same name, makes a great base for a getaway.