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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

The 8 Best Dog-Friendly Trails near Redding

By Redding CVB | 07/10/2019 | Biking, Family Friendly , Fun and Free, Great Outdoors, Pet Friendly Activities, Things to See and Do, Top-Sights


Hiking in and around Redding is fantastic, but there’s one way to make it even better—hitting the trails with your favorite four-legged friend. Surrounded by the Shasta-Cascades, Redding’s trails wind for miles through the mountains, canyons, forests, and valleys of Northern California. And the best part about these rolling and rambling paths is that most are dog-friendly, making Redding the perfect destination for pet-obsessed owners who want their dog to have as much fun exploring as they do. Here’s a roundup of some of the best dog-friendly trails in the area and why you and your dog will love them.

1. Sacramento River National Recreation Trail

The paved Sacramento River National Recreation Trail winds alongside its namesake river, through Redding, and into the area’s rolling hills. The iconic trail spans 17.4 miles from the Sundial Bridge to the Shasta Dam, and it is easily accessible, with parking areas, restrooms, and other convenient amenities. The trail is one of the most popular outdoor destinations in Redding, perfect for an all-day outing or a quick dog walk.

2. Churn Creek Trail

This 3.6-mile loop is a quiet hike through serene oaks and features only 170 feet of elevation gain, making it a mellow hike for humans and dogs alike. The path is gravel and well-maintained, and several stations with waste bags and trash cans are located along the trail for you to pick up after your pup. It’s also a great place to find shade in the heat of the summer.

3. Flanagan and Chamise Peak

A slightly more challenging trail rated as moderate, the Flanagan and Chamise Peak Trail is 4.3 miles and features almost 700 feet in elevation gain. From the top of Chamise Peak, you’ll have a 360-degree view of the surrounding area, including Shasta Lake, Shasta Dam, Mount Shasta, the upper Sacramento Valley, the Sacramento River, and the city of Shasta Lake. It’s a very popular trail among dog-walkers, mountain bikers, and other hikers, so be prepared to see lots of other two- and four-legged folks out on this rocky path.

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4. Cloverdale Loop

Another short-and-sweet loop trail, the Cloverdale Loop is about 1.6 miles long and features about 170 feet of elevation gain. The shorter path makes it slightly steeper, but the overlook of the Clear Creek Canyon below is worth the effort. Keep your eyes peeled on the river below for rafters and kayakers navigating the churning whitewater—and on the trail ahead for mountain bikers. Oaks and grasses offer plenty of things for curious dogs to sniff and explore.

5. Piety Hill

A popular loop trail near Redding, Piety Hill Loop is longer at 4 miles and 500 feet of elevation gain, making it slightly more challenging but still doable for most ability levels. It’s particularly wonderful in the springtime when the hills are covered with wildflowers. The very open trail ambles through open grasslands, making it a great place to hike with dogs who like to see other people coming from far away. There are several vista points and evidence of California’s gold rush history located along the trail.

6. Clover Creek Preserve

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7. Fisherman’s Trail

Just under 2 miles long, Fisherman’s Trail is one of the oldest continuously used trails in Shasta County. It’s pretty flat with only 141 feet of elevation gain and skirts the edge of Keswick Reservoir and connects to the Sacramento River National Recreation Trail. You’ll also see evidence of recent fires in the area as you hike, walk, or jog along this path, but the wildlife viewing and fishing access are fun aspects of this short jaunt along the reservoir.

8. Hornbeck and Lower Sacramento Ditch Trail

A longer but still mellow trail, the Hornbeck and Lower Sacramento Ditch Trail features river views and an old railroad route. It creates a 5.5-mile loop with 324 feet of elevation gain. Earlier in the year you will see springs and snow on the surrounding mountain tops and wildflowers in the spring.

Looking for a pet-friendly place to stay while you’re in town? Luckily, Redding has over 25 pet-friendly hotels and a couple B&B’s that would love to host you and your four-legged friend. To find the right accommodation for you, check out this directory and look for the paw print next to each pet-friendly listing.

Written by Jill Sanford for Matcha in partnership with Redding CVB.

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