Mule Mountain Pass Trail

Mule Mountain Pass Trail

Redding, California
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Look out for mountain bikes either chuffing uphill or, especially, rolling downhill on this sometimes narrow 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 and occasional prehistoric encampments that escaped the impacts of that mining.

Hopscotch across the upper reaches of Olney Creek and enjoy the springtime flowers! 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
Difficulty: Moderate
Restrooms: No
Drinking Water: No

Please pick up after your dogs and bring plenty of water.

Taking a break. Photo Credit: Caitlin Scettrini
Taking a break. Photo Credit: Caitlin Scettrini
May is prime hiking time in the Shasta Cascade region around Redding, where Mount Shasta (14,161 feet) and Mount Lassen (10,463 feet) rise like giant snow cones from the rugged landscape. Redding calls itself the Trail Capital of California and for good reason, as more than 100 miles of trails can be found within a short radius. For something new, try a four-mile trek on the Mule Mountain Pass Trail, which starts in a very picturesque Bureau of Land Management preserve and climbs 700 feet over the Shasta Divide into Whiskeytown National Recreation Areamore »
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