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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

Peak Bagging & Night Hikes

REDDING, CA – (June 8, 2016) – Make Redding, CA your hub city for a peak-bagging or night hike adventure. Peak bagging, by the way, is when hikers and mountaineers attempt to reach the summit of a collection of peaks. Situated at the northern end of the Sacramento River Valley, two hours north of Sacramento and three hours northeast of San Francisco, Redding is centrally located in the heart of the mountainous great outdoors of Shasta Cascade, and it offers great dining, lodging, and entertainment - the perfect starting point for expeditions into one of America’s most spectacular regional destinations. With mountains, lakes and rivers all around and national parks nearby, Redding is an outdoor paradise, especially for those interested in peak bagging and night hiking. Cradled by Mount Shasta and Mount Lassen, Redding boasts 300+ sunny days per year, making it easy to find weekend for a short ascent up a dormant volcano. If a day-hike a to a gorgeous panorama view of Northern Californian wilderness or multi-day journeys to one of the tallest summits in the lower 48 are more your style, choosing Redding as a base camp, gives you the choice of all three!

“Redding is the perfect starting point for a hiking adventure or a peak bagging experience like no other,” says Kallie Markle, Communications Coordinator for the Redding Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We have hundreds of miles of trails within a 15-mile radius of downtown Redding and are surrounded by some of the most spectacular mountains in the entire state.” 

Triple the Peaks
There are so many climbs to choose from in Shasta Cascade, what’s a peak bagger to do? The editors at Weekend Sherpa, the e-magazine to outdoor adventurers throughout California, have put together a list of their three favorite ascents:

1) Lassen Peak Trail: Just east of Redding sits beautiful Lassen Volcanic National Park. The park boasts incredible mountain scenery reminiscent of Yosemite as well as fascinating thermal wonders similar to Yellowstone with just a small fraction of the visitors. Lassen has steam vents, mud pots, and hot springs, all four types of volcanoes (shield, plug dome, cinder cone, and composite), and all types of naturally occurring lakes...though not all are features of the Peak Trail! Switchbacks and some steep rocky sections require good shoes, but the footwork is worth it: vistas up top offer the best perspective of the area’s volcanic activity. Add climbing the popular 2.5-mile (one-way) Lassen Peak Trail to your bucket list. 

2) Shasta Bally: Just minutes from Redding, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is an outdoor lover’s paradise, boasting waterfalls, beaches, and trails, and offering boating and paddling year round. The hike to Shasta Bally, tallest mountain in the Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area, begins 10 minutes outside of Redding, near the shores of Whiskeytown Lake. The moderately difficult, 6-mile round-trip climb is suitable for most people and tops out at 6,209 feet, with breathtaking panoramic views of Lassen Peak, the city of Redding, Mount Shasta, Castle Crags, and the Trinity Alps. Don’t forget your camera.

3) Mount Shasta: Known as Northern California's Matterhorn, Mount Shasta stands at a commanding 14,162 feet. Besides being beautiful, it is one of the most popular non-technical summits in the country. You’ll hike 6-miles (one-way), a 7,200-foot climb that includes a section called Misery Hill, and others that require crampons and an ice ax. Guided services like SWS Mountain Guides are best bets for this adventure. They’re the premier mountain guide service on Mt. Shasta, leading guided ascents of Mt. Shasta via Avalanche Gulch, Casaval Ridge, West Face, Hotlum/Bolum Ridge, Hotlum/Wintun ridge, as well as more advanced routes on the Hotlum Glacier, for over 34 years. 

Moonlit Adventures
If peak bagging is not on your bucket list, perhaps night hiking is. 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 at the same moment.

Night Hikes at Lassen Peak: 100 years ago, an explosive eruption at Lassen Peak 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. Saint 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 what is now 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 can 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!

Redding is also home to the famous Sundial Bridge, world-class fishing, and 200 miles of hiking and biking trails for all abilities. Head out on a day-trip to see the many waterfalls, including the incredible McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park. This 129-foot gusher is considered one of the most beautiful in the state. Also, be sure to find out what fun events are happening during your stay, like the Redding Marathon, Kool April Nites, Shasta Lemurian Classic, Give Me Wings Century ride (one of the most challenging in CA!) and Redding Beer Week. Redding is a perfect vacation destination for "Any Adventure, Any Day!" Find more information about the area at


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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