Redding Field Office

Trails

Redding Area:

Check out the "Visit Redding Trail Map" for an overview of the area and general locations of the trails.  Trail descriptions, trailhead locations, directions, and site specific maps can be found below.

Sacramento River Rail Trail (National Recreation Trail)
Sacramento River Rail Trail along Keswick ReservoirFollowing the course of Keswick Reservoir and the old rail line, the Sacramento River Rail Trail connects Redding to Shasta Dam. This trail system leads trail users from Shasta Dam all the way to the Sacramento River Trail and Sundial Bridge in central Redding. The 11-mile long trail is mostly flat with a section of rolling hills and curves near Keswick Dam Road.  The trail is open year-round to hikers, joggers, and bicyclists.Trailheads are located at Iron Mountain Road (Rock Creek Road junction), Keswick Boat Ramp, and along Keswick Dam Road. Free parking is available at all trailheads.  Map

Directions to this trail
There are many access points for this trail. Please review the map to determine the trailhead you prefer. To acces the north end of the trail, take I-5 north from Redding about 10 miles to Shasta Dam Blvd. Follow Shasta Dam Blvd. about two miles to Shasta Dam.  You can bike or walk across the dam or you can drive to the trailhead south of the dam on the east side.  If you would like to access the south end of the trail, take Hyw 299 West out of Redding. Turn right on Iron Mountain Road and this will lead you to the Rock Creek, Keswick Boat Launch, Keswick Dam Road, and Matheson trailheads.
 


Escalator trail at the Swasey recreation AreaSwasey Recreation Area
Mountain bikers, hikers, and horseback riders of all skill levels will find a trail to their liking at the Swasey Recreation Area. The Wintu Trail climbs to a vista point with amazing views of Mt. Shasta and Mt. Lassen. The Escalator is a steady climb to Mule Mountain Pass, where you can ride over into the Whiskeytown NRA or where you can ride down the rugged upper Mule Mountain Trail to the lower portion of the trail which follows an historic mining ditch. From Mule Mountain Pass you can also access the Mule Ridge Trail system.  The network of trails in this area allows for short or long loops so you can get a ride or hike in no matter how much time you have.  Map (Swasey Only)          Map (Mule Ridge and Swasey Trails)

Directions to this trail
From Redding, take Placer Street to Swasey Drive. Go about one mile on Swasey Drive and you will see the Swasey Recreation Area entrance on your left (across from Straight Arrrow Bowhunting).
 


Hiker on the newly constructed Mule Ridge Trail in Shasta County, CA.Mule Ridge Trails
The Mule Ridge Trail System consists of about 19 miles of trail connecting Mule Town Road, Placer Street, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area and the Swasey Recreation Area. This trail system crosses a variety of terrain and passes through several mixed vegetation types, with several changes in aspect and elevation along the way. A portion of the trail system follows the historic Princess Mining Ditch and winds through areas rich in mining history from the early days of California gold mining. Primary access to the trail system is from two trailheads off of Muletown Road. Use caution and drive slowly along Muletown Road as it is narrow and curvy. Horse trailers are not recommended beyond the Oak Knoll Trailhead because of this. Please stay on designated trails and do not create shortcuts.    Map

Directions to this trail system
From Redding, take Placer Street to Muletown Road (approximately 9 miles). Turn right onto Muletown Road and travel about a half mile to the Oak Knoll Trailhead, or continue another 2.5 miles to the end of the paved road and park at the Stoney Gulch Trailhead.  Horse trailers are not recommended beyond Oak Knoll Trailhead.  The Mule Ridge Trails can also be accessed from the trailheads in the Swasey Recreation Area.
 


Keswick Eastside Trails
The area east of Keswick reservoir has a network of over 25 miles of dirt single-track that connect Shasta Dam to the Sacramento River Trail. Most sections of trail offer gentle grades and are suitable for all age groups. There are several side trails that lead to vistas or access the reservoirs edge.

Mountain bikers enjoying the Hornbeck Trail.

The Hornbeck Trail was the first trail segment in this network to be built and follows the path of a historic mining railroad on the east side of the river. It is named for a volunteer who was instrumental in its development.  Volunteers unofficially named the trail segment for volunteer Chuck Hornbeck, a retired civil engineer and Shasta College engineering instructor, who was a leader in determining the trail route and recording important historic information.  The trail segment follows the path of a historic mining railroad called the “Old Diggings Railroad,” the “Quartz Hill Railroad,” or the “Mammoth Mine Railroad,” said Dr. Eric Ritter, archaeologist for the Redding Field Office. The rail line was used in the early 1900s to haul quartz used as flux for nearby copper smelting at Kennett (now under Shasta Lake). 

The Upper Sacramento and Lower Sacramento Ditch trails follow the alignment of the historic Sacramento water ditch. The F.B. trail winds through some steep terrain and offers amazing views of Keswick Reservoir. The Chamise Peak trail climbs to the top of Chamise Peak where one is rewarded with an amazing 360 degree view of the surrounding area.  Map

Directions to these trails
There are several trailheads that can be used to access this trail system. They can be found along Keswick Dam Road, Quartz Hill Road, Walker Mine Road, Flanagan Road, and at Shasta Dam.

 

Mountain biker on the Salt Creek TrailMiddle Creek, Salt Creek, and Westside Trails 
The Middle Creek Trail is a 3 mile long paved trail which connects Old Shasta with city of Redding River Trail. The Salt Creek Trail is dirt single-track and runs from the Middle Creek Trail to a trailhead off of Lower Springs Drive. This trail can also be accessed from a trailhead on the south side of Highway 299 just before getting to Iron Mountain Road. The Westside trails cross BLM, city of Redding, and private land and can be accessed by parking at Mary Lake, Dillard Road, and the Salt Creek Trailhead at Lower Springs/Valparaiso (a drinking fountain can be found at this trailhead). Please stay on existing trails, don’t shortcut trails, and control your pets. 
Middle Creek Trail        Salt Creek Trail        Westside Trails

Directions to these trails
From Market Street in Redding head approximately 3 miles west on Highway 299/Eureka Way and park at a large pullout on the south side of the highway.  The Salt Creek trail can be accessed from the west end of this pullout near an information kiosk.  It can also be accessed from a trailhead at the interseciton of Lower Springs Road and Valparaiso Way.  The Middle Creek Trail is best accessed from the City of Redding River Trail, and can be most easily reached by heading south on the River Trail from the Keswick Dam Road trailhead.  For access points to the Westside Trails, see the map for that area.  

Chappie-Shasta Off-Highway Vehicle Area

Quad heading up Cow Mountain TrailIf you would like to enjoy nature from the seat of a quad or motorcycle, this is your place. Brochures/maps of this area are available at the BLM Redding Field Office or can be printed from these links: Brochure and Map.

Directions to this trail system
There are multiple access points for this trail. Please review the map to determine the trailhead you prefer. To acces the north end of the area, take I-5 north from Redding about 10 miles to Shasta Dam Blvd. Follow Shasta Dam Blvd. about 2 miles to Shasta Dam (dam hours are 6AM to 10PM, with vehicles subject to inspection).  Once across the dam, turn left and follow the road about two miles to the Chappie-Shasta OHV Staging Area. If you would like to access the south end of the area, take Hyw 299 West out of Redding. Turn right on Iron Mountain Road and drive about six miles and this will lead you to the Copley Mountain Staging area on the right. For more information see the Chappie-Shasta page.

 

Clear Creek Greenway, Horsetown Clear Creek Preserve and Cloverdale TrailsClear Creek at Seltzer Gorge

 

The Clear Creek Greenway offers hiking, biking, horseback riding, wildlife viewing and swimming all within a short drive from Redding.  Horsetown Clear Creek Preserve is managed cooperatively with a private non-profit group which offers guided hikes and events during the Spring and Fall.  Stop at the Clear Creek Gorge Overlook and watch fall run Chinook Salmon spawning in the creek below. Salmon viewing is best between October 1 and December 1. Take a short hike around the rim trail to the east for great views into the canyon. Interpretive displays near the salmon viewing platform describe the mining history of the area, Native American culture, wildlife, native plants, and the salmon life cycle.  

Cloverdale Map        Clear Creek Greenway Map 

  
Directions to this trail system
From Redding take Hwy 273 south to Clear Creek Road. Turn right on Clear Creek Road and follow signs to any one of the many trailheads along the greenway. Access the Cloverdale Trails from the Horsetown Clear Creek Preserve parking lot, or from the trailhead along Cloverdale Road which is more suitable for horse trailers.



Sacramento River Bend Outstanding Natural Area

The Sacramento River Bend Outstanding Natural Area brochure and map are available for download.

Hog Lake Plateau Trail and Vista Trail
Wildflowers in the Sacramento River Bend AreaThe Hog Lake and Vista trails can be accessed from the Hog Lake trailhead. These trails can also be accessed from the Paynes Creek Crossing parking lot but trail users would have to make a wet crossing across Paynes Creek. The Hog Lake trail offers spectacular wide open views of Spring wildflowers. The Vista trail has breath-taking views of the Sacramento River or you can make a panoramic survey of the surrounding valley. The routes for these trails can be seen on the Sacramento River Bend ONA map.

Directions to these trails
From Red Bluff, take Hwy 36 east about seven and a half miles to the Hog Lake Plateau Trailhead.The vista trail is accessed from the Hog Lake Plateau trail.

Iron Canyon Trail

Sacramento River overlook from the Iron Canyon Trail

Explorers can access the area and trek to the rock outcropping seen in the picture to the left and experience the views of the river from high above the canyon. The route for this trail can be seen on the Sacramento River Bend ONA map.

Directions to this trail
From Red Bluff, take Hwy 36 east approximately 5 miles and you will see the trailhead parking on the north side of the road.

 Paynes Creek Wetlands

 

Paynes Creek Wetland Trail System
This trail system will lead you through the Paynes Creek Wetlands which is an ideal location for bird watching. Trailheads for the wetlands are located at the Bass Pond, the east side of the Wetlands, and at Paynes Creek Crossing. There is a restroom, picnic area and large parking lot located at the Bass Pond.
Most BLM lands are open to hunting under California Department of Fish and Game regulations. Be aware that hunting season may be open and the wetland area is often use for hunting. Be aware of your surroundings when walking in the wetlands.
    Map

Directions to this trail system
From Redding take I-5 south to the Jellys Ferry Exit (just a few miles north of Red Bluff). Turn left and continue 2.7 miles on Jellys Ferry Road. Turn right on Bend Ferry Road (passing over the Bend Bridge). Follow this winding road for approximately 3 miles and you will see the first parking area for the Paynes Creek Wetlands at the Bass Pond.

Yana Trail

Hiker on the Yana Trail

This eight-mile long trail crosses riparian zones, rolling blue oak savannah, and lava rock canyons and offers some dramatic views of the Sacramento River and the surrounding landforms. The Yana Trail crosses Ink's Creek and winds along the Sacramento River offering an opportunity to splash in the icy waters on a hot summer day. Wildflowers are spectacular in this area in the spring. Trailheads are available at the Bass Pond, Perry Riffle, and Jelly's Ferry.   Map

Directions to this trail
This trail can be accessed from multiple trail heads. Please refer to the map for directions to your selected trailhead.


Hikers on a trail.Trinity River Area

The Douglas City Campground is surrounded by trails although most are unmarked. Explore the area and see where the trail leads you.
Union Hill Pond has trails that circle around the entire pond.
The Weaverville Basin Trails Committee offers a map and brochure of all the trails around Weaverville.
If you are more interested in a wilderness trail experience, check out the Trinity Alps Wilderness, managed by the U.S. Forest Service. 

Map of River Access Points along the Trinity River.

Directions to the Wild and Scenic Trinity River
The Trinity River corridor is located about 40 miles west of Redding along Highway 299.  There are numerous BLM managed river access points along the Trinity River between Lewiston and Junction City.


 Forks of Butte Creek Recreation Area

Trail leading through the forest.Butte Creek Canyon offers several trails that extend alongside the creek and offers access to the water.

The Upper Ridge Nature Preserve in Magalia offers an extensive network of trails.

Map of Butte Creek Recreation Area.

Directions to the Forks of Butte
From Chico, travel northeast on State Highway 32, 20 miles to Forest Ranch, then southeast on Garland Road (graded dirt road), then left on Doe Mill Road. It is about 4.75 miles to Butte Creek trailhead from Highway 32. 

From Paradise, take the Skyway north towards Stirling City, past Magalia turning left on Powelton Road (about 5 miles north of Magalia). Follow Powelton Road to Doe Mill Road which takes you to Butte Creek and the Butte Creek Trailhead. To find the Ditch Grade Road from Paradise, follow the same instructions from the Skyway as before but turn right just past the PG&E water ditch (1/2 mile from the Skyway) on to the Ditch Grade Road which will take you to the Forks of Butte Creek and a primitive camping area.

The Upper Ridge Nature Preserve is in the town of Magalia, CA and can be accessed from Ponderosa Way or Compton Drive.

Keep in mind Leave No Trace concepts when out on the trail.


Bureau of Land Management
Redding Field Office
355 Hemsted Drive
Redding, CA 96002
Phone: (530) 224-2100
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