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A bike ride across the Sundial Bridge in Redding, Ca
Marcel Siegle
A bike ride across the Sundial Bridge in Redding, Ca
Marcel Siegle

Fall Colors

Discover the Multitude of Forests Full of Fall Colors this Autumn In Northern California’s Redding and Shasta Cascade 
Over 200 Miles of Trails run through Majestic Mountains, Rivers and Valleys Offering Picturesque Vista Points of the Changing Autumn Season 

Redding, CA – September 29, 2015 – New England may be famous for its autumn display, but Northern California has the longest and most diverse fall color season of any region in the United States, especially in Redding and Shasta Cascade. This majestic region of California is filled with national forests and state and national parks, located just two hours north of Sacramento and three hours northeast of San Francisco, and runs all the way up to the Oregon border. Fall is the perfect picturesque time to visit the area’s hidden lakes, rivers, mountains and valleys that offer spectacular displays of California’s fall colors, and the weather is spectacular. So, get your hiking boots on, grab your camera, and prepare to witness the best of the season. 

Redding is surrounded on three sides by millions of acres of public land offering fall color viewing at its finest, including Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Lassen Volcanic National Park, McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, and the spectacular 14,179 foot tall Mt. Shasta. California’s Shasta Cascade contains seven national forests filled with bright fall color, 14 national and state parks to peruse, and several mountain ranges, including the pristine Trinity Alps, the northern Sierra Nevada, and the California Cascade range.  

Redding Trails Offers Plentiful Views of the Autumn Leaves
The best views of the changing seasons are from vista points found along the abundant hiking trails in and around Redding: 200 miles of dog-friendly hiking, biking, ATV, and equestrian trails, including the Sacramento River National Recreational Trail. The trails offer spectacular fall color scenery and, occasionally, a glimpse of deer, eagles, river otters, black bear and other wildlife.

Pacific Crest, Clikapudi and Bumpass Hell Trails
Among the area’s most popular trails are the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, the Lassen Peak Trail, the Bumpass Hell Trail, the Clikapudi Trail at Shasta Lake, and the Mule Mountain Trail in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. Points of interest along the trails include the Stress Ribbon pedestrian bridge, Chamise Peak, and Shasta Dam, which offers 360 degree views of all things Shasta (dam, lake, mountain), and the upper Sacramento River Valley. Many of the willows and brush are changing fast, and the aspens are more gradually following suit. Aspens will be the first to display fall’s magnificent colors of full yellow, reds and oranges. 

Sacramento River Trail & Lema Ranch Trails
Consider the Sacramento River Trail, which starts at the world famous Sundial Bridge in the Turtle Bay Exploration Park. This paved multipurpose trail is popular with walkers and bikers and anyone wanting to get inspired by fall colors. The scenic trail winds along the beautiful Sacramento River, offering a sense of peacefulness within the center of the city. The loop is relatively flat and partially shady on the south side of the river, and links to Keswick Dam. On the other side of Redding, the Lema Ranch Trails at the McConnell Foundation are popular for their rolling hills, winding loops, charming orchards, and of course, beautiful fall colors. Lema Ranch is one of the few Redding trails that doesn’t allow dogs, so as to protect the many geese that call the property home. 

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
Whiskeytown Lake is surrounded by forest, so you don’t have to wander too far to find a treasure trove of fall colors. If gold is the treasure you seek, Whiskeytown’s big leaf maples and black oaks turn 24 karat after the first real cold snap. Find them on the road and trail to Crystal Creek Falls, which is flat, paved, and fully accessible, and the trail to Whiskeytown Falls. 

John Everett Vista Point Trail
An hour north of Redding, in picturesque Mt. Shasta, the John Everett Vista Point Trail is just 20-minutes long and provides a breathtaking view. Walk through large, old growth conifer forest to volcanic rock outcroppings with panoramic views of areas south to McCloud and the Sacramento River canyons. Look for botanical tree signs and, of course, magnificent colorful leaves.

Black Butte Trail
Another spectacular view of the surrounding area is available from the summit of Black Butte (6,325 ft.),. Mt. Shasta towers to the east, the city of Mt. Shasta and the Sacramento River canyon are to the south, and Mt. Eddy and the Klamath Mountains are to the west. 

McCloud River Falls Trail
For a real treat, visit the McCloud River for a peek at the lower, middle and upper falls. There is a trail connecting all three, approximately 1 ½ miles long, with picnic tables and restrooms at the lower falls area. There is a parking area and restrooms at the middle falls where you can walk just a short distance to an overlook above the falls or travel down the trail to the pool. All three of these waterfalls are within about one mile of each other, yet each is uniquely beautiful, and has its own personality. The surrounding trees set off the sparkling water with stunning fall color. 

Grey Butte Trail 
If you enjoy panoramic vistas, hit this moderate 3-mile trail. The marked trail crosses the bottom of a beautiful meadow, and then climbs up to the west side of Grey Butte through a fairy tale-like forest. Enjoy the panoramic views east, south and west, plus a great perspective on the summit of Mt. Shasta. Both trailheads are located off Everett Memorial Highway.

Lassen Volcanic National Park
Time your leaf-peeping trip to Lassen Volcanic Park carefully, and you’ll be rewarded. If you wait too long, one early storm could close off the Lassen Park Highway for the rest of the season, and only the snowshoers will be able to see the fall colors! The best locations include; along the main road between Hot Rock and Devastated Area where aspens show off yellows and golds, Paradise Meadows, Hat Lake, King’s Creek Meadows, and the eastern shore of Butte Lake.

Sisson-Callahan National Recreation Trail
The Sisson-Callahan National Recreation Trail offers hikers spectacular mountain scenery along the entire route of this nine-mile route filled with mountain vistas. Mt. Shasta rises to the east and Mt. Eddy lies to the north. No less spectacular are the views of Castle Crags to the south and the Trinity Alps to the west as seen from Deadfall Summit. The Sisson-Callahan is one of 47 National Recreation Trails in California’s National Forests. The National Recreation Trails system was established by Congress in 1968 to promote public enjoyment and appreciation of the outdoor area of the nation, and it’s enjoyed year round in Shasta Cascade.

Castle and Heart Lakes Trail
Hiking the Castle and Heart Lakes Trail in the town of Weed is an opportunity to explore one of the most unspoiled subalpine lakes in the world. Start at Castle Lake and hike up to tiny Heart Lake, where you’ll have a great appreciation of these north state gems. These trails are rarely crowded, and you’ll be able to see the gradual color change, from greens to golds, yellows, reds and browns. 

Find the Redding area trails brochure and its detailed descriptions at the California Welcome Center in Anderson, Turtle Bay Exploration Park, or at 

Fall Events 
Redding feeds the hunger for year-round excitement and entertainment through its annual roster of cultural, food and wine, and sporting events. Autumn is festival season in this part of the world, with practically as many events as there are leaves turning color. 

World Solo 24 Hour Mountain Bike Champion, October 3-4, 2015 
Come and join racers from around the globe to race for this title! With previous races taking place in Italy in 2012, Australia in 2013 and Scotland in October 2014, Weaverville will be the first location in the United States to host this international event. Weaverville, California has been the location for mountain bike races since the earliest days of the sport; the LaGrange Classic was first held in the 80’s! Endurance races have been held on the world-class trails of the Weaver Basin Trail System since 2002. Weaverville is a short, scenic drive west from Redding. 

Hawes Haunted Acres & Zombie Paintball, Fri & Sat nights Oct 9-31, 2015
Historic Hawes Farms was established in 1863 along the Sacramento River where the old Deschutes Railroad ran many years ago. The 6th generation of Hawes still runs this farm, and somewhere in the dark and spooky woods there’s a haunted experience, including Zombie Paintball, awaiting the brave and adventurous. 

Fall Festival at Historic Hawes Farm, October 10-11, 2015
Don’t miss this fun festival where nearly 150 years of farming is celebrated at this real working farm. Climb aboard the Hawes Express Railroad, try the zip line and cow tipping, gather ’round a toasty fall campfire, find gems at the Old Deschutes Railroad Mine, eat apple blossoms and ChipStix, ride a Harley or the Hawes Mechanical Bull. Plus there’s a roller coaster, corn maze, and Pumpkin Patch!

Shasta Growers Association Farmers Market, Saturdays
For literal fall flavors, visit the Saturday Farmer’s Market at the Redding City Hall, every week through the beginning of December. Besides the freshest of fall’s harvest, the market also has live entertainment, food and drinks to enjoy, and is adjacent to the Redding Sculpture Park, where you can wander paved paths through colorful trees and beautiful art. 

Fall for a CASA Superhero, November 7, 2015
If you like to run, imagine how much more fun it would be to run with a cape flapping behind you! The annual CASA Superhero Run is already a colorful affair, with superheroes of all kinds running for a special cause, but it gets even more colorful when the runners speed along the river trail, through beautiful Caldwell Park, and across the Diestelhorst Bridge and Sundial Bridge. 

Friends of the Redding Eagles, October 10, 2015 
Join in on a guided tour through the nesting territory of Redding's famous bald eagle pair, Liberty & Spirit. Get up-close views of these local "cele-birdies" and their various perching spots along the scenic Sacramento River in Redding. Meet in the Turtle Bay Exploration Park parking lot where the tour starts, continuing on along the Highway 44 Pedestrian Trail and on the Turtle Bay Bird Sanctuary Trail.

Sacramento Trail Marathon, October 24, 2015
This marathon takes place along unpaved trails, offering a great way to see all the fall colors while you exercise. After a one-mile out-and-back on Shasta Dam, the Trail Marathon follows single-track trails down the Upper Sacramento Ditch trail, the Hornbeck Trail, and the 9.3 mile Francis Berg Trail, before joining the paved Sacramento River Trail for the last 5 miles to the finish, near the Sundial Bridge. The Marathon course is mostly flat or gently rolling with a net elevation loss of 800′. 

To discover all Redding has to offer this fall, including adventures, attractions and additional information about the many things to do and see in the majestic region of northeastern California, visit 


About Shasta Cascade
Covering an area roughly the size of Ireland, the Shasta Cascade region is the perfect place to get back to nature, relax and enjoy the great outdoors. Comprised of eight rural counties historically known for being part of the pioneer gold rush in the mid-1800s, this majestic region of northern California is abundantly scattered with lakes, rivers, mountains and historic mining towns, and includes Lassen Volcanic National Park, two national monuments, six national forests and seven California state parks offering unforgettable fun and adventure. This area offers boundless outdoor recreation with magnificent landscapes and breathtaking vistas: from towering volcanoes, alpine ranges, and glaciers, to waterfalls, lush forests, pristine lakes, and roaring rivers; this travel destination is one of a kind. Shasta Cascade is easy to get to by auto, air, or Amtrak, and offers an off-the-beaten-path experience where people discover the abundance of nature in one of the few unspoiled areas remaining in California. For more information or to request a visitor’s guide, visit, like our Facebook page, or find us on twitter 

About Redding, CA
Situated at the northern end of the Sacramento River Valley, Redding is the hub city in Shasta Cascade and is located just two hours north of Sacramento and three hours northeast of San Francisco. Boasting 300+ days of beautiful weather a year, Redding offers outdoor adventure and attractions all year long, along with great wine, food, sporting and cultural events, dining, lodging and entertainment. The great Sacramento River runs through the center of town, helping earn Redding the fame of being America’s “Unofficial Capital of Kayaking” according to Time Magazine. Nearby scenic lakes, rivers, state and national parks, including Shasta Lake, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area and Lassen Volcanic National Park, make Redding a fantastic base-camp for exploration in Shasta Cascade, offering Any Adventure, Any Day. Redding is conveniently located at the crossroads of I-5 and California state routes 299 and 44, and is accessible by daily flights from San Francisco. For more information or to order a visitor’s guide, visit, like our Facebook page or find us on twitter at  

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