Redding: Waterfall capital of California

By: DogTrekker Staff
yellow lab sits in front of Whiskeytown Falls
Maya at Whiskeytown Falls. Photo by Dave Kendrick.

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 and the Shasta Cascade Region are also the Waterfall Capital as well. There’s no better time to experience the Shasta Cascade range around Redding than spring, when waterfalls tumble into the streams feeding sapphire-blue Whiskeytown Lake and McCloud Reservoir.

Four major waterfalls in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area are accessible via paths that the whole family, including your four-legged companion of course, can enjoy. Take the “waterfall challenge” to experience them all, including the 220-foot-tall Whiskeytown Falls, hidden for more than 40 years. If time is short, try the hike to Boulder Creek Falls, tucked into a dark, fern-filled box canyon or Crystal Creek Falls, which is ADA accessible.

Head southeast on Highway 89 to reach the historic lumber town of McCloud, and five miles further to access the scenery-rich Shasta-Trinity National Forest and the McCloud River. Take your dog hiking on the Middle Creek Falls Trail (begin at Fowler’s Camp campground) and view the Lower, Middle and Upper McCloud Falls, all within 3.8 miles).

Of course, Redding is the perfect place to stay when exploring Shasta County and the entire Shasta Cascade. With over four dozen dog-friendly hotels, B&B’s and RV Parks to choose from just within the town limits, you are sure to find the accommodations to fit your taste and budget.


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