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Trails Capital of California

By | 06/15/2013

Did you know that there are over 200 miles of trails within 10 miles of Redding? Read ahead to learn about a variety of great trails and find everything you need to know to get there, be prepared, and have a blast exploring! EveryTrail.com is a great website to find trails almost anywhere so if you finish hiking these trails before our next trails blog then this is the place to search for your next strolling, hiking, or biking adventure. If you plan to visit all of these trails in one visit then choose from one of our comfortable places to stay and visit our events page to learn what else is happening during your visit. 

Fishermans Trail, one of the oldest continually used trails in western Shasta County, is precisely named for following the reservoir along a good portion of the trail and is cut into the hillside providing a great view of the area for any type of adventure. A narrow dirt path and lots of ups and downs make this trail popular amongst mountain bikers. With a portion on pavement and the trail being only one mile long this is the perfect place for an easy hiking, riding, or fishing adventure. Pets are allowed here so if your furry friend is along for the adventure then be careful to keep out of the good fishing waters! Find drinking water and restrooms at Keswick Dam trailhead before beginning a leisurely bike or stroll along Fishermans Trail. If you want to explore past the one mile mark then continue to the Sacramento River Rail Trail. Directions.

Hornbeck Trail is great for a group adventure! With a wide and easily maneuverable path shaded by a variety of trees and shrubs, this is a great place for a convenient hike with your pet, friends, or family. This dirt trail has a lot of flat areas and overlooks a beautiful view of the valley before beginning its gradual decent to the valley floor. Begin this adventure at Quartz Hill Road where you will find drinking water and a restroom. Be sure to bring plenty of supplies for the four mile hike to Lower Sacramento Ditch Trail or hike to find a grassy meadow or a shaded bench along the path for a picnic and then hike back the way you came. This path is home to part of the Old Diggings Railroad that was used to supply quartz to area copper smelters and also to historic residences that housed miners; keep your eyes wide open for historical treasures! Directions

Salt Creek Trail is a great place to explore for Mountain Bikers who are new to the sport or who are looking for an easy ride as the dirt path is wide and flat through most of the trail. A good portion of the trail runs along Salt Creek and across two nice wood bridges; stop at the bridges and see steelhead and rainbow trout when the creek is high. Bring the whole family and search for old mining features along the trail. Begin your adventure at Lower Springs Road (nearest cross street: Valparaiso Street) where you will find a parking lot and drinking water (no restrooms). From here to Middle Creek Trail is a nice two and a half mile hike. The trail is also accessible where the path crosses Highway 299 between Lower Springs Road and Iron Mountain Road. Pets are allowed here so if you bring your pet friend then be careful while crossing at this busy intersection and have fun! Directions

If you're looking to enjoy a variety of flora and fauna then the McConnell Foundation Lema Ranch Trails are for you. Here you will find a diversity of plants from weeping willows to pine trees, oak, manzanita and native grasses. The native animals just love this area so bring your binoculars and leave the pets at home. Here you will find many bird species including ducks, eagles, hawks, red-winged blackbirds, egrets, and woodpeckers. Also keep your eyes peeled for otter or muskrat playing in the ponds. Bring a picnic and choose a bench to enjoy the scenery. No need for hiking boots here; all trails are paved for walking and jogging only (no bikes or skateboards). Walk all three loops for a four mile stroll or choose one of the three: Secluded Loop (.75 m) , Leahs Loop (1.75 m) , and Mule Loop (2.25 m). Find parking, restrooms, and drinking water at the entrance off Shasta View Drive and enjoy. Directions.  

Before you embark on each of these fantastic journeys, be sure to keep a few things in mind. Be sure to bring a good amount of water depending on the length of your chosen hike, a comfy hat, and sunscreen. If youre planning to hike Fishermans Trail or Salt Creek Trail then be sure to bring your fishing license and pole. Check out the weekly fishing report at ShastaCascade.com. Some of these trails are found in the outskirts of Redding so remember to be aware of the native wildlife; learn more about native wildlife at BLM.gov. Lastly, you may want to bring your camera for a photo opportunity with historical sites, beautiful scenery, and outstanding views. We just love to hear about your adventures so be sure to share your stories and photos with us on Visit Reddings Facebook page.



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