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Lassen Volcanic National Park

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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Highgrade National Recreation Trai
CA 0
(530) 233-5811
Highgrade National Recreation Trail is 5.5 miles long. Elevations range from 7,100 to 7,800 ft in this high elevation forest setting.The Modoc National Forest segment of the Back Country Discovery Trails is about 200 miles long with another 42 miles of alternate (more challenging) trails. Most of the Modoc Back Country Discovery Trails system is single lane and unpaved.Twenty-two (22) Discovery Points will be designated along the route. When completed each will have an interpretative…
Modoc County
5551
Ides Cove Loop National Recreation Trail
CA 0
(503) 934-1167
The Ides Cove Trail extends approximately 9 miles. The hiker will pass through open scattered timber, meadow-type vegetation and have views of the Sacramento Valley, Cottonwood Creek Canyon and the North Yolla Bolly Peaks.From the trailhead, you travel northwest. After about a half miles distance, turn west at the trail junction and travel about another mile to Square Lake. It’s only about another mile from Square Lake to Long Lake. It’s about 2 miles to…
Tehama County
5545
CA 0
(530) 493-1718
This trail is basically a ridge top trail and provides spectacular views. The trailhead for the Kelsey National Recreation Trail leads into the Siskiyou Wilderness and provides access to Bear Lakes. The Kelsey Trail once stretched from Crescent City inland to Fort Jones. It was a main supply route in the 1850's for the fort and brought much needed supplies to the miners in the goldfields. Water is scarce on this trail. Not recommended for…
Siskiyou County
5550
Lassen Peak National Recreation Trail
CA 0
(530) 595-4480
The trail to the top of Lassen Peak begins at the peak parking area at an elevation of 8500 feet. The popular trail is 2.5 miles one-way to the summit. There are many fantastic vistas of the park and surrounding areas from the trail. The summit provides one of the most spectacular views of the Devastated Area. This view is the best vantage point to contemplate the power of the 1914-17 eruptions. The lingering rotten-egg…
Tehama County
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Redding, CA 96003
Those walking the McConnel Foundation Lema Ranch trails will notice a diversity of plants, from graceful weeping willows, to manzanita, oak, and pine trees, and native grasses. Many species of wildlife can be spotted, including ducks, red-winged blackbirds, egrets, and woodpeckers. Otters and muskrats occasionally show themselves in the ponds. These serene, quiet paths among orchards, and views of mountain ranges are perfect for walkers and runners, but no pets, bicycles, or skateboards are allowed.…
Shasta County
5380
Manzanita Lake, CA 0
Hike the Manzanita Lake trail, an easy, mostly flat trail that wraps around the lake. Great for birdwatchers, wildflower enthusiasts, and families. You can pick up this loop trail from the boat launch area, or behind the Loomis Museum. Distance: 1.5 miles Difficulty: Easy
Shasta County
5386
1696 Lakeside Drive
Redding, CA 96001
Mary Lake Park, on the west side of Redding, is 29 developed acres with tree-lined walking trails winding their way around a man-made lake. Enjoy this walk with your dog and bring your binoculars for wildlife viewing. Distance: 0.7 mile loop. Difficulty: Easy
Shasta County
5548
McGowan National Recreation Trail
CA 0
The McGowan Lake Cross-Country Ski Area has been in existence since 1982 and offers 10 miles of trails, 5 miles of which are periodically groomed. Access is on Highway 89, 2 miles north of Highway 36 and near the southern entrance to Lassen Volcanic National Park. Literally in the shadow of Lassen Peak. McGowan area trails wander through mixed conifer forest and are popular with beginning to advanced skiers. Elevations range from 5,020 to 6,200…
Tehama County
5555
CA 0
(541) 899-3800
This trail offers opportunities for swimming in the emerald pools of the river, fishing for brook trout, or picnicking along the rivers edge. While several springs are found along the trail, the water sources have not been tested and may be unsafe to drink. This is a good hike to view brilliant autumn colors! The upper section of this trail is not recommended for horse use due to the narrow tread and rocky creek crossings.…
Siskiyou County
5542
Hiker overlooking Mt. Shasta.
CA 0
(530) 842-1638
At 14,179 feet, Mt. Shasta is the second tallest mountain the state and visible from well over 100 miles away. The mountain's a hotbed for recreation of all kinds: in the summer, it's mountain biking trails are a local favorite, while in the winter Mt. Shasta Ski Park invites guests to ski and board the mountain's slopes. And for the adventurous, there's always the ultimate challenge of climbing to the mountain's summit. For the visitor…
Siskiyou County
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