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Hiking and Biking Trails

The Shasta Cascade Region offers an abundance of prime backpacking and hiking areas. 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 fantastic trails. 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 back country experience. Remember to pack your camera, a few snacks, and plenty of water, and as always, tread lightly!

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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…
Siskiyou County
Chamise Peak Trail
Redding, CA 96003
If you want a 360 degree view of all things Shasta (Shasta Dam, Shasta Lake, Mount Shasta and City of Shasta Lake), look no further. This highest spot atop the mountainous spine separating Keswick Reservoir from the City of Shasta Lake, affords expansive views of the upper Sacramento Valley, the Sacramento River canyon below Shasta Dam and the western mountains. The trail is 2.4 miles, open to both hiking and mountain biking, and dog friendly! Distance:…
Shasta County
21820 Lassen National Park Hwy
Mineral, CA 96063
Climbs gently throughforest before opening to the thinly forested edge of Chaos Jumbles. The trail continues down a steep path to the lake wich is often dry in the summer. Trailhead 0.1 miles after turnouff to Manzanita Lake Campground.Distance: 4.0 milesDifficulty: Moderately Strenuous
Lassen County
Redding, CA 0
The Churn Creek trails take walkers through a classic blue oak woodland, with manzanita and gray pine. Sections of the trail meander by Churn Creek where the terrain is riparian with willows, valley oak, western redbud, and cottonwoods.Distance: 4.5 Mile LoopDifficulty: Flat and Rolling
Shasta County
21820 Lassen National Park Hwy
Mineral, CA 96063
An exposed path of loose cinders skirts the Fantastic Lava Beds, and the Painted Dunes, before climbing steeply to the summit. The trail continues into the crater and offers spectacular views of Lassen and the eastern park. The trail head starts on the southwest side of Butte Lake boat ramp.Distance: 2 miles (One Way)Difficulty: Strenuous
Lassen County
Redding, CA 0
“There’s gold in the hills of California!” Very soon after the discovery of gold in 1848 near Sutter’s Mill, Major Pierson B. Reading discovered gold on Clear Creek. The result was a creek turned upside down. Due to the wildly successful efforts to restore its salmon runs, Clear Creek now hosts increasing numbers of spawning fall Chinook salmon. The best place to see spawning is at the Clear Creek Gorge Overlook. If it is not…
Shasta County
Shasta View Drive
Redding, CA 96002
Clover Creek Preserve is tucked in behind a neighborhood in east Redding, and offers paved, flat trails great for walking or cycling. Enjoy the 2 mile loop with your dog, your favorite people, or just the beautiful view of Redding's rolling hills, oaks, and expansive sky. Distance: 2.0 milesDifficulty: Easy
Shasta County
Redding, CA 0
The paved bike trails on either side of Clover Creek are part of a larger loop around a retention pond at the southern end of the greenway preserve. In addition to the paved bicycle loop there are gravel jogging and hiking trails throughout the preserve. Wheelchair AccessibleDistance: 2 Mile LoopDifficulty: Easy
Shasta County
Igo, CA 0
The Cloverdale Loop runs along the Clear Creek Canyon which is hundreds of feet deep and has great whitewater kayaking. Near the Horsetown Clear Creek Preserve (near the lower Clear Creek Bridge) tubers and novice kayakers can have fun on the run to Clear Creek Gorge. Make sure to portage before (look for the signs) the Clear Creek Gorge, it is too dangerous for water sport usage. Distance: 1.7 Mile LoopDifficulty: Easy to Moderate
Shasta County
Lassen National Park Hwy
CA 0
Easy trail passes through forest and meadows to this bubbling lake in an alpine basin. Tiny gas bubbles escape Lassen's hydrothermal system below making it appear to be boiling. Trailhead starts at Kings Creek Picnic Area.Distance: 1.4 milesDifficulty: Easy
Shasta County
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