Clear Creek Greenway Trail is a 10.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Redding, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length10.8 miElevation gain482 ftRoute typeOut & back
Kid friendlyHikingMountain bikingWalkingBird watchingRunningDog friendlyViewsWildflowersWildlife
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Very soon after the discovery of gold in 1848 near Sutter's Mill, Major Pierson B. Reading discovered gold on Clear Creek. Mining, in one form or another continued on in earnest for 130 years. The result was a creek turned upside down. Due to the wildly successful efforts to restore its salmon runs, Clear Creek now hosts large numbers of spawning fall Chinook. Although the best place to see this spawning is at the Gorge Overlook, you can witness this miracle of nature at several sites accessed directly from this trail. If it is not salmon spawning season, you can still enjoy some of the earliest gold working features in California and expect to see some of the abundant wildlife within this biologically rich corridor.

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Chris James
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Jennifer Babcock
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Richard Hurst
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Daniel Lewandowski
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Is a little overgrown in the beginning but not bad. Plenty of other trail options out there. Bathroom (porta-potty) at trailhead and another about 3.5 miles in. Definitely recommend bringing a partner, saw plenty of bear droppings.

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Emily Farrah
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Very overgrown at the beginning. Made it about 3/4 of a mile in and found homeless tents, so I headed back.

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Leslie Hall
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HikingBugsOver grown

June 15, 2020. The east end of this trail is overgrown and almost impassable in parts

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Leslie Hall
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June 2, 2020 Today I started at the Honeybee TH. The route directly south to the creek was overgrown with blackberries. I recommend taking the route that goes toward the right (heading southwest) from the TH. But my first choice would be to start at the gorge overlook and go east. Starting there, the trail is well groomed and has about a dozen new workout stations.

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Anna Sylke
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HikingMuddyOver grown

Muddy in one spot and a lil overgrown but overall pretty even and easy peasy

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Leslie Hall
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WalkingClosedOff trailOver grownScramble

May 1, 2020 This trail is over grown in many places. Today we tried starting at the Gorge (about midway in AT map) and heading west. We could only go about a mile. However, in that mile were many lovely trails to the water's edge. The Gorge is still worth visiting and exploring.

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k f
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Easy and mellow trail. Good signage most of the time.

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Tesla Espinosa
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HikingOff trailOver grown

Couldn’t get to the actual trail- but beautiful until 1.5 miles. Went off trail to follow creek and good hills for sprints.

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Steve Bethea
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nice trail to get out into nature

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Jennifer Babcock
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Jessica Clary
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HikingBlowdownOver grownScrambleWashed out
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Elizabeth Hunt
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Leslie Hall
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There are several options for parking and accessing the trail at the far west end. the furthest west Clear Creek Greenway parking lot is called Horsetown and has a pit toilet about 200 yards down the trail.

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Jeff Donis
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Great trail! Very secluded and pretty much handrails the sac river. Dog friendly. Trail has some areas that are multi track and single track. Walked my 3 dogs down about 3 miles of the full trail. Very pleasant experience, I’ll definitely be back on this trail again.

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Emily Wall
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the parking area for this trail is currently under construction so no parking.

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Stephanie Haley
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Great but stickers and overgrown bad but really nice and private. We took a creek swim and float down a little ways then walked back to packs and finished last 3/4 mile.

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Leslie Hall
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HikingOver grown

Started at Gold Dredge trailhead per this app. Only able to go a little over a mile west before I would either have had to swim or bushwhack to continue. Turned around and went a little over a mile east of the trailhead until I was stopped by the same conditions. Trail is not well marked, I assume due to flooding this winter. On the upside, there were no bugs, or people, and I saw a two bucks. All in all, a 4.7 mile outing.

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