Escalator Trail and Meiner's Loop is a 7.7 mile loop trail located near Redding, CA that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Wildflowers and streams are spring attractions on these trails. However, expansive views of the Sacramento Valley are perennial attractions. As means to maintain an easy grade, the Escalator winds so tight that you might be able to see behind you as easily as ahead of you! The mix of vegetation portrays the nearly constant changes of aspect, elevation, soil and moisture. Take a break at Mule Mountain Pass and decide what route to next pursue: Mule Mountain Trail, Salt Creek/Buckhollow Trails (into Whiskeytown National Recreation Area) or return on the Escalator.