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

Moonlight Adventures

Discover Warm Summer Nights and Moonlit Adventure in CA’s Majestic Northeastern Region of Redding and Shasta Cascade
Experience Magical Night Hikes on a Variety of Mountain Peaks, Moonlight Madness Runs, And Giant Telescope Star Parties 

The summer in Redding and Shasta Cascade is perfect for outdoor water sports like kayaking, paddle boarding, boating, and fishing, or for just cooling off in the abundant rivers, lakes, streams and waterfalls. But some of the best fun comes during the warm summer nights, when outdoor nighttime adventure is at its best. Located just two hours north of Sacramento and three hours northeast of San Francisco, Shasta Cascade’s bustling hub city of Redding is just the starting point for nighttime journeys into one of America’s most spectacular and pristine regional destinations, filled with mountain ranges, national forests, glaciated volcanoes and over 200 miles of trails. 

The warm summer nights can provide the backdrop for experiences that are beyond comprehension, where even the most familiar landscapes can take on a new look, feel and essence. Across foothills, grasslands, hilltops, high-country granite slabs and volcanic plug domes, or anywhere you get above the trees, you'll find a moonlit charm that is cast for miles. It can be beautiful, haunting and awesome, all in the same moment. 

Moonlight Madness
Here are some of our top activities to do during the warm summer nights in Redding and Shasta Cascade:

1) Night Hikes at Lassen Peak
100 years ago, an explosive eruption at Lassen Peak, the southernmost active volcano in the Cascade Range, devastated nearby areas and rained volcanic ash as far away as 200 miles. This explosion was the most powerful in a 1914-17 series of eruptions that were the last to occur in the Cascades before the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens. Lassen Peak is the largest of a group of more than 30 volcanic domes that have erupted over the past 300,000 years in Lassen Volcanic National Park. The popular trail at Lassen Peak is 2.5 miles one-way to the summit, where hikers can marvel in the many fantastic vistas of the park and surrounding areas. The summit provides one of the most spectacular views of the Devastated Area, and the view from the top looking down is totally different – and unforgettable – at night. Time it right and you watch the sunrise from the peak, a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. The lingering smell of hydrogen sulfide near the summit reminds visitors that Lassen is still considered an active, but dormant, volcano. A moonlit hike into an active volcano…sounds like a story worth telling! 

2) Go Under the Lights
Spend the evening with the boys of summer under the lights of historic Tiger Field. The Colt 45s, Redding’s minor league style baseball club, showcases the best college ball players and professional baseball prospects as they take on teams from around the West coast. When the sun sets, the bats start swinging, and the Colt 45s are the best entertainment around. Grab some friends, some cold drinks, and yes, some peanuts and cracker jacks, and enjoy an evening or 4-game series of summer’s most classic pastime. The games end when the summer fades, so don’t miss your chance to catch a fly ball! 

3) Moonlight Kayak Tours 
In the summer, visitors can take advantage of moonlight kayak tours, part of the ranger-guided night activities at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. These very popular programs are definitely one-of-a-kind, memorable moments visitors can experience at the popular recreation area. Your surroundings change as the night sky takes over and the only light around you is that of the moon, making everything from the landscape to the water very surreal. Reservations required, call (530) 242-3462.

4) Lassen’s Dark Sky Festival, August 7-9, 2015
From animals to plants and water to volcanoes, Lassen Volcanic National Park protects many different natural phenomena. One of the most spectacular is frequently overlooked: the incredible, dark, night sky. Far from the light pollution of civilization, Lassen Park is one of the last sanctuaries of natural darkness, and is one of the best places to learn about and enjoy the splendor of the night sky. Whether you are a first time star gazer, or a dedicated amateur astronomer, Lassen's dark skies offer unparalleled views of the celestial wonders. Join park rangers, astronomers, and planetary geologists in celebrating all that is out of this world during Lassen's Dark Sky Festival including:
•Nightly constellation tours and stargazing
•Astronomy activities including guided hikes, solar scope viewing, Junior Ranger Astronomy, and hands-on activities
•Discussions and demonstrations by National Park Dark Sky rangers, NASA, International Dark Sky Association, Astronomical Society of Nevada, and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

5) Moonlight Madness 2-Mile Run at Shasta Dam, August 22, 2015 at 8:15pm
Join the local running club, SWEAT, in its annual Moonlight Madness 2-mile run at Shasta Dam. Since 1975 SWEAT has been an integral part of the fitness community in Redding and Shasta Cascade, promoting health and fitness through running, walking, biking and swimming.  For this event, participants will run by the light of the moon across Shasta Dam and back via the moon and stars, all while enjoying the cooler temperatures and the calming stillness of the lake and mountains surrounding the massive concrete dam. The race starts in the Shasta Dam’s visitor center parking lot and participants are invited to register that evening. Pre-registration is not required but you can sign up in advance here. Walkers are welcome, but will need to finish the 2-mile route in 30 minutes or less.

6) Star Parties by the Shasta Astronomy Club
The Shasta Astronomy Club promotes interest in astronomy and its related sciences, through education, fellowship among interested individuals, and through monthly meetings, free public star parties, and other events. Star Parties are great opportunities to ask questions, share discoveries, and see the sky in a new wat. All are welcome to join in the festivities, including children with a parent or guardian, tourists, amateur astronomers, educators and professional astronomers. There is no need to register or call ahead unless you bring a group larger than three people. The club provides the telescopes and the knowledge and you provide the curiosity. Please feel free to contact the Shasta Astronomy Club at 

7) Enjoy Movies in the Park
Movies in the Park are some of the North State's most popular events of the summer. Join in the fun every Friday night from June to August in the area’s parks for a movie night under the stars. Remember to bring your blankets, lawn chairs or picnic baskets, or enjoy limited onsite food vendors. All movies start at dusk. This family friendly event features a new film each week and a chance for families to enjoy the beautiful warm summer nights in Redding.

8) After Dark Dining and Cultural Entertainment
Vacation is hard work. You have to see all the things, do all the things, sleep in all the mornings, and eat like you mean it. The good news is that there are many dining and cultural entertainment choices to enjoy during the summer nights. The beautifully restored 1930s Cascade Theatre is a fine example of Art Deco architecture. Listed on both the California and National Registries of Historic Places, this Downtown Redding landmark is home of the Northstate Symphony's Redding performances and provides a state-of-the-art venue for a diverse array of arts and cultural events that celebrate the human spirit. There’s always a cultural opportunity to attend at the Civic Auditorium in Redding, where festivals, spectacles, and laughs delight crowds nightly. Then there’s Vintage, Redding's premier wine bar and restaurant. Offering a diverse continental menu and a 32 bottle wine preservation system, Vintage is Redding's destination for touring, live entertainment, art shows and wine events. 

Redding, known as Shasta Cascade’s hub city, offers fabulous dining, a year round roster of events, and a variety of lodging opportunities for visitors. 

To discover other adventures, attractions and additional information about the many things to do in Redding and Shasta Cascade both day and night, 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 For up-to-date happenings, follow our blog at  


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