Hornbeck Trail and Lower Sacramento Ditch Trail

MODERATE 27 reviews

Hornbeck Trail and Lower Sacramento Ditch Trail is a 5.8 mile loop trail located near Redding, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
456 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

rails trails

road biking

trail running

walking

river

views

Follow part of the path of the "Old Diggings" or Quartz Hill Railroad. The long abandoned narrow gauge railroad was a critical feature that once supplied quartz to area copper smelters. Traverse the many cuts through bedrock where a steam engine once ran. Look for signs of historic residences that housed local workers employed in mining. Don't let your explorations limit your enjoyment of the many vistas of Keswick Reservoir and seasonal wildflower displays.

hiking
1 day ago

Nice trail and signage. The views were a little above average.

10 days ago

hiking
2 months ago

3 months ago

June 2017
Well traveled very easy walking trail. Not many views of the Sacramento River though. Pretty dull trail with no great views. We went off trail to get to the river and cool off in the water due to hot temperatures (104). Great if you're in the mood for a nice walk, I don't recommend it if you are looking to hike and see good views. Also not recommended in Redding summer heat over 100.

4 months ago

Only did a very small stretch of this trail with my dog but the condition of the trails here are excellent. While mountain biking is king, hikers are treated well and it is always gracious on these trails. My dog enjoyed it as always.

5 months ago

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Ample parking and well marked trailheads. Nice and quiet, a little muddy in places this time of year but mostly shaded and great for trail running! My dog loved it as well, it was a fun run and had multiple water accesses. Mosquitos are abundant because of standing water in some places, so move quickly or wear bug spray, and run with your mouth closed. Ha!

5 months ago

Quiet and well maintained trail

hiking
7 months ago

The trail is well maintained and I thought it was a decent loop. It was defiantly further than what was posted. We started the loop up off of the mine road and when had completed the trail my GPS said it was 7.2 miles.

hiking
7 months ago

7 months ago

7 months ago

gorgeous trail, fairly easy

10 months ago

11 months ago

Friday, September 23, 2016

mountain biking
Friday, September 23, 2016

Pretty easy, good trail for beginning bike riders, or continue to Shasta Dam and back for an easy 26 miles

hiking
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

trail running
Friday, August 05, 2016

A few spots were pretty rocky, but overall really nice. A couple of moderate inclines but I would rate it on the easier side of moderate. Only 1 sign (that contained 3 different trails) was confusing but I'd definitely run it again.

Saturday, June 25, 2016