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.
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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.
Kayla is definitely a road-warrior. Say wanna go for a ride? – her ears are up, tail is wagging, leash is in her mouth, she’s in the car, and it’s full-sniff ahead. One of her favorite road trips is the Shasta Cascade region of Northern California, which actually covers about 20 percent of California. Dog-friendly trails, lakes and rivers abound, as do dog-friendly accommodations.
Kayla always begins her Shasta Cascade adventures in the town of Redding, which is not only over-the-top-dog-friendly, but is a great starting point to explore this vast region.
She likes to begin her morning at Redding’s Turtle Bay Exploration Park, walking with lots of other dogs across the Sundial Bridge and onto the Sacramento River National Recreation Trail that overlooks the Sacramento River. She hasn’t made the entire 16.5 miles, but is working on it. more »
Mount Shasta, an hour north of Redding, is considered by many to be one of the world’s most spiritual “power spots.” Even if you’re not into New Age thinking, you and your furry friend will find higher purpose with a trip up the Everitt Memorial Highway, a two-lane strip of asphalt winding 14 miles up the flanks of the 14,179-foot-high volcanic cone for unforgettable hikes and views.
As the road climbs from Mount Shasta City (elevation 3,500 feet), the vistas to each side become more and more astounding.