Famous for its Sundial Bridge, picturesque lakes, scenic vistas and cool mountain air, Shasta County
proves to be an irresistible recreational paradise for DogTrekkers. Begin your Shasta County adventure in Redding
, California’s largest city north of Sacramento and the undisputed Trail Capital of California.
Shasta Lake, the largest lake in California, holds the title of “Houseboat Capital of the World”. The lake was formed by Shasta Dam, the tallest center overflow dam in the world. Lake Shasta Caverns, dated at least 200 million years, are made entirely of limestone and feature every type of possible formation, including stalactites, stalagmites, soda straws, columns and flowstone.
Off Highway 44E is the northern entrance to Lassen Volcanic National Park. Just north of the park are the Subway Cave Lava Tubes, an underground, easily-explored volcanic phenomenon.
Mt. Shasta / Photo: @crazycoco_bcmix
If you crave a change of scenery, you’ll get it many times over in the eight-county Shasta Cascade region. The lightly traveled North State is a treasure trove of mountainous scenery, history and small towns that charm. What’s not to like? A paws-up warning: Dog access is restricted, to various degrees, at the places set forth below. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a woofing good time with your four-legged companion, even where leashes are required. Here we go with some suggestions. more »
Upper McCloud Falls / Photo: @cjthedalmation
OK, COVID-19 cost us some waterfall viewing time during their March/April peak flows, but the many waterfalls within an easy drive of where you are staying in Redding are still flowing.
For a quick taste, visit Hedge Creek Falls in Dunsmuir. It’s right off Interstate 5 via a short path, has a generous parking lot, a viewing platform for photo opps and a cave beneath the falls for sensory thrills (your dog may or may not want to go there, so be alert!) more »
Sheraton Redding Hotel at Sundial Bridge
Bringing the gang to Redding? Bunk down at a pet-friendly hotel like the Sheraton Redding Hotel at Sundial Bridge. It is on the Sacramento River, adjacent to trails and attractions and makes a great base camp for a family getaway (see other dog-friendly lodging options here). more »
Whispering Oaks Vineyard - Photo Credit: @winedogs_hq
The remote part of California east of Redding and Red Bluff, in the shadow of Mount Lassen, is one of the fastest growing but least known wine regions in the state. But there’s much to get to know, from producers with Redding and Oroville tasting rooms to dog-friendly boutique wineries way out in the country whose wines will surprise and delight. more »
The good life, Shasta Lake. Photo Credit: @themurphdawg_
Redding (population about 100,000) is the Shasta Cascade region’s largest city, and it’s a great place to make base camp with your four-legged friend. The “must-do” activities: stroll the iconic Sundial Bridge, wander the Sacramento River National Recreation Trail, walk across the massive dam containing the waters of Shasta Lake, largest reservoir in California. more »