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Northern California is well known for its backcountry opportunities. Just check any map of the Northstate and virtually anywhere you look is going to be public lands or close to public land. The eight National Forests and numerous wilderness areas in the Shasta Cascade Region all offer opportunities to “get away from it all” and find solace and relaxation.

The Shasta Cascade Region offers an abundance of prime backpacking and hiking areas. Although winter snowfall at higher elevations often affects some of the backpacking trails, there are numerous other hiking opportunities in and around areas like Shasta Lake or Whiskeytown Lake. Be sure to call local ranger stations or other public lands management agencies for up-to-date information. Besides going out on your own, there are several reputable guide services in the Shasta Cascade Region. These can provide a once-in-a-lifetime family experience using either horses or llamas for carrying those camping essentials, or take the avid fisherman or hunter to a remote locale they would never find on their own.

For specific information about public lands, review the public lands pages on this site and contact those agencies which manage the area you are considering for your backcountry experience. We ask that you tread lightly through our area and leave no trace. We are sure that when you come back, you will want to show your family’s next generation the great experiences you enjoyed.

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1 Indian Well HQ
Tulelake, CA 0
The Big Nasty Trail is a fantastic loop trail that is named after a brush-covered formation of rough lava rock. Sweeping views of Lava Beds and the Modoc National Forest can be seen from here, and the trail is a fantastic spot to view the sunset. From the Mammoth Crater/Hidden Valley pullout, the trail starts just before the upper overlook and follows the crater rim before heading west toward Ponderosa pine forests.
Siskiyou County
2806
CA 0
530-257-3252
The historic trestle at bridge #9 on the Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail is one of the most notable along the rail trail. The historic trestle at bridge #9 on the Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail is one of the most notable along the rail trail. 
Lassen County
5383
Redding, CA 0
This trail travels through a canyon near a seasonal creek, and the old Blue Gravel Mine, once a gold mine in the area operated by the City. Relics from this era are still visible from the trail. Much of the trail offers trees and shade. Distance: 1.75 Miles (Placer St. to Starburst Rd.)Difficulty: Slight Hill
Shasta County
5384
21820 Lassen National Park Hwy
Mineral, CA 96063
A number of steam vents are located under Boiling Springs Lake, keeping the temperature of the lake around 125 degrees. The mud pots on the southeast shore are among the best in the park. The trail crosses a meadow and then goes through forest to the lake and around it. Trees include incense-cedar, ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir, white fir, sugar pine, and others. A variety of wildflowers are found and it is a good area to…
Tehama County
2866
14412 Kennedy Memorial Drive
Whiskeytown, CA 96095
530-246-1225
At over 138 feet tall, Boulder Creek Falls was thought to be the tallest waterfall in Whiskeytown National Park until the re-discovery of Whiskeytown Falls in 2004. With three cascades down a canyon covered in moss and ferns, you'll feel like you're in a dream.Driving Time: 15 mins / 9.44 miles from ReddingDistance: 2.25 miles (one way)Difficulty: Moderate
Shasta County
2167
14412 Kennedy Memorial Drive
Whiskeytown, CA 96095
530-246-1225
Brandy Creek Falls is one of the widest waterfalls in Whiskeytown National Park with five cascades that rush over the granite rock of the canyon. Here you will find the unique Indian Rhubarb displaying bright colors in spring and fall. This trail connects to Rich Gulch Trail. This waterfall is accessible by trail. A map of the trail to Brandy Creek Falls is available at the Whiskeytown Visitor Center.Driving Time: 15 mins / 9.44 miles…
Shasta County
5388
21820 Lassen National Park Hwy
Mineral, CA 96063
For sheer beauty and rugged mountain scenery the Brokeoff trail is one of the best in Lassen. The trail climbs steadily through open meadows and forest for two miles and then through scattered hemlocks and finally above timberline to the top. At the west end of the mountain just before the last half mile of the climb, there is a good view of Mt. Shasta. From the top of the mountain there are good views…
Shasta County
5396
Redding, CA 0
This is a great, short, intermediate ride that could be turned into a longer ride by connecting on to the River Trail. Dogs ok on leash. Trail goes downhill toward the River Trail.Distance: 1.23 Miles (From Sacramento River Trail)Difficulty: Intermediate
Shasta County
5392
21820 Lassen National Park Hwy
Mineral, CA 96063
Rocky trail with grand vistas decends to a boardwalk through Lassen's largest hydrothermal area. Trailhead at Bumpass Hell Parking area.Distance: 3.0 milesDifficulty: Moderate
Tehama County
5379
20022 Castle Creek Rd
Castella, CA 96017
With 28 miles of hiking trails, everyone can enjoy a mild stroll or an invigorating adventure. From the Vista Point parking area, a quarter mile accessible trail leads visitors to Vista Point where there are dramatic views of Castle Crags, Mount Shasta, and nearby Grays Rocks. Gentle and shaded, the mile long Root Creek Trail guides hikers along an accessible path to a year round flowing creek.The most popular and challenging route is the Crags…
Shasta County
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