Shasta Cascade

Shasta Cascade

Redding
Northern California’s eight-county Shasta Cascade region is lean on population but incredibly rich in recreational opportunity. Seven national forests, three mountain ranges, a national park, a national monument, two national wilderness areas, 15 state parks, countless lakes, the City of Redding and some of the West’s most acclaimed fishing streams put the region high on the list of possibilities for outdoor-oriented vacationing with your dog.

Dog-friendly hotels and resorts dot a region that encompasses Plumas, Lassen, Modoc, Tehama, Siskiyou, Trinity, Shasta and Butte counties. 

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Whiskeytown Calls

Whiskeytown Falls (Click For Video)
Whiskeytown Falls (Click For Video)

Haven’t figured out how to use those unused vacation days? We have just the perfect destination. Redding, the last major city on Interstate 5 as you near Mt. Shasta, is the undisputed Trail Capital of California with over 225 miles of trails within 15 miles of its city center.

Redding is also the gateway to the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. Few areas managed by the National Park Service allow dogs out of campgrounds or off of paved roads, but this one is a welcome exception. Yes, you do have to leash-up on the 70 miles of trails, but it is worth it as dogs and humans can cool off paws and heels at any of the four waterfalls and go off-leash where the trails meet the lake as long as they respond well to voice commands. more »

Begin Your Shasta Cascade Adventure in Redding

With mountains all around, miles of dog-friendly hiking and biking trails and the Sacramento River nearby, Redding is an outdoor paradise for young and old. Cradled by Mount Shasta and Mount Lassen, and blessed by sunshine much of the year, it’s a great place to base camp for year-round recreation. more »

Snouts Out the Window

Road Trip! Photo Credit: Kip Leland
Road Trip! Photo Credit: Kip Leland

The farther you roam from metropolitan areas, the more relaxed the rules. Fall is a great time for a scenic-drive vacation, and it would be hard to find more options than in the Shasta Cascade region, which boasts 12 designated scenic byways, each with its own intrinsic qualities. The 500-mile Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway, which winds through the least populated part of California, is one of just 21 routes nationwide designated an “All-American Road” by the U.S. Department of Transportation. more »

Paws to the Redding Paths

Flanagan Trail. Photo Credit: @leitzk
Flanagan Trail. Photo Credit: @leitzk

Whether you go all out for a strenuous hike or prefer a walk on the mild side, there’s no shortage of DogTrekking options in a region blanketed by national forests and other public lands. For an overview of all things Shasta, from lake to mountain to dam, tackle the Chamise Peak Trail just outside Redding. It climbs from the Flanagan Trail to the top of the highest spine in the region, offering 360-degree views at the apex of a 5-mile, out-and-back route. more »

Climb (Or Drive) Every Mountain

Mountain Dog. Photo Credit: Amy Scott
Mountain Dog. Photo Credit: Amy Scott

On a clear day, 14,179-foot-high Mount Shasta comes into view just north of Sacramento as you make the trip up Interstate 5. You might mistake it for a cloud at first, but soon, its distinctive, snow-capped volcanic cone comes into unmistakable focus. By the time you get to Redding, it’s an indelible part of the landscape. Take a rest stop with Rover, and keep driving an hour up the road to Mount Shasta City, a walkable town of 3,500 where every other shop, it seems, deals in spiritual experience and paraphernalia. more »

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