Redding Trails

Redding Trails

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 by many to be the Trail Capital of California. Redding has plenty of trails for you and your dog where you will see wildlife, wildflowers and spectacular scenery, including Mount Shasta, Mount Lassen and other Cascade peaks. 

Just released is a colorful guide to Redding area trails with informative descriptions, difficulty ratings, distances and recommendations of what to bring along. For a copy,  go to VisitRedding.com. Here are just a few of the many trails in and near Redding:

Sacramento River Trail:
The most famous of Redding’s trails is the Sacramento River Trail.  Twenty years in the making, this national recreation trail is fully paved and open to bikes and hikes, from Shasta Dam to Turtle Bay Exploration Park in central Redding. It even passes over Sundial Bridge along its gentle, 19-mile route.

Distance: 19 miles
Surface: Paved
Difficulty: Easy
Drinking Water: Yes
Restrooms: Yes

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Mule Mountain Pass Trail:
Whether you start at the Meiners Loop or Wintu Loop parking areas, expect to see abundant features from the earliest days of California gold mining along with occasional remains of encampments predating the Gold Rush era.  Challenge yourself on the ascent to Mule Mountain Pass or just skunk around on the flatter, eastern section of the trail. Either way, it'll be a good time.

Distance: 4.3 miles
Surface: Natural Dirt
Difficulty: Moderate
Drinking Water: No
Restrooms: No 
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Blue Gravel Trail
This trail travels through a canyon near a seasonal creek and the old Blue Gravel Mine. Much of the trail is graced with trees and shade.  It's especially beautiful in springtime, when wildflowers and butterflies abound. The trail connects to the Holiday Market shopping center with restaurants and other services.

Distance: 1.75 miles one way
Surface: Dirt
Difficulty: Slight Hill
Drinking Water: Yes
Restrooms: No
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Fisherman's Trail
Take this short trail to explore some of the shoreline of Keswick Reservoir or as means to connect to the Sacramento River Rail Trail. Great for fishing wildlife viewing.

Distance: 1 mile
Surface: Dirt
Difficulty: Easy
Drinking Water: Yes
Restrooms: No
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Hornbeck Trail
Traverse the many cuts through bedrock where a steam engine once ran, and span in your imagination the spots where trestles once crossed steep ravines. Look for signs of crumbled residences that housed workers employed in mining. Along the way, enjoy the many vistas of Keswick Reservoir and seasonal wildflower displays.

Distance: 2.8 - 9 miles one way
Surface: Dirt
Difficulty: Varies
Drinking Water: Yes
Restrooms: Yes
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Mary Lake
A pleasant, easy walk that's mostly shaded. Look for beavers, ducks and geese.  Walks can be extended through a quiet neighborhood to the Westside hiking trail off Kilkee Drive.

Distance: .75 mile loop
Surface: Dirt and grass
Difficulty: Flat
Drinking Water: Yes
Restrooms: No
 
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Escalator Trail & Meiner's Loop
As means to maintain an easy grade, the Escalator winds so tight that you might be able to see behind you as easily as ahead of you! The vegetation mix along the way reflects nearly constant changes of aspect, elevation, soil and moisture. Take a break at Mule Mountain Pass and decide what route to next pursue: Mule Mountain Trail, Salt Creek/Buckhollow Trails (into Whiskeytown National Recreation Area) or return on the Escalator.

Distance: 3.4 miles
Surface: Dirt 
Difficulty: Easy - Moderate
Drinking Water: No
Restrooms: No
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Middle Creek Trail
The upper portion of this paved trail lies atop the old River Road built in 1883 to connect a withering Shasta City to the Central Pacific Railroad in nearby Redding. The lower portion of the trail sits atop the grade of a railroad that was used to bring ore from the Iron Mountain mines to refineries in the Bay area. Now this gentle grade brings users to and from the Sacramento River Trail. 

Distance: 3 miles
Surface: Dirt and pavement
Difficulty: Easy - Moderate
Drinking Water: No
Restrooms: No
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Wintu Loop
A nice loop trail in a Swasey area. From the picnic area high on the ridge you have great views of Lassen Peak and Mount Shasta. On a clear day you might also see the ragged silhouette of Sutter Buttes.

Distance: 2.8 miles
Surface: Dirt 
Difficulty: Easy - Moderate
Drinking Water: No
Restrooms: Yes
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Izora and her boyfriend, Alex, recently set out on a five day, four night backpacking adventure in the majestic Trinity Alps Wilderness. Wherever Izora goes, her dog and best friend, Schay, follows. more »

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Redding calls itself the Trail Capital of California for good reason: more than 200 miles of paved and natural surface trails have been developed in and around the city through private and public partnerships. Fall is an exceptional time to enjoy the views from the Upper Sacramento Ditch Trail, which traces the route of historic waterworks that once supplied miners’ sluice boxes. more »

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Redding, in the heart of the Shasta Cascade region, is the perfect home base for your next hiking, fishing or boating adventure and enjoy a stay at the first-class, extremely dog-friendly Red Lion Hotel in Redding. The prize also includes a pet package full of doggie treats, with uprights treated to the hotel's Roaring Start Breakfast Buffet.   more »

Whiskeytown Waterfalls

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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. There’s no better time to experience the difference than in May, when the rugged foothills glow velvet green, the icy cone of Mount Shasta looms tall and waterfalls tumble into the streams feeding sapphire-blue Whiskeytown Lake. more »

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