Hornbeck Trail and Lower Sacramento Ditch Trail

MODERATE 39 reviews

Hornbeck Trail and Lower Sacramento Ditch Trail is a 5.5 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.

5.5 miles
324 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

trail running


rails trails



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.

1 month ago

Well maintained trail. I took some of the offshoot trails and seen a beautiful lake and some history along the way. I would recommend this trail to be added to any hikers to do list.

3 months ago

A nice trail, peaceful hike, lots of mosquitoes, good weather, went down to the water (lots of spiders going down) let my dog off the leash, came back home feeling tired but refreshed

3 months ago

Very beautiful trail, loads of different paths you can take, but marked well.

trail running
5 months ago

A scenic moderately difficult trail. It’s definitely more single than double track if plan on going with friends. Not really kid friendly.

6 months ago

I appreciate any Trail for what it is and what it provides for the community and tourists alike. I took this Trail and Mountain biked the whole thing I love the many changes in grade; and the many different scenerys it has lots of different pockets of little areas some nice and full of shade and others with a beautiful view and full sun.

10 months ago

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

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

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.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

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!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Quiet and well maintained trail

Saturday, February 18, 2017

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.

Monday, January 30, 2017

gorgeous trail, fairly easy

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

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.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Not much to see while hiking.

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

March 8, 2016. Just hiked this section along with the upper and lower Sacramento ditch portions of the trail. LOVED it so much! Very few people out today due to light sprinkling rain. Trail is pretty well marked with only a few confusing sections but we never had to back track. There is an outhouse at the Quart Hill trailhead but it is down the path a bit and not readily visible from parking. Lots of horse manure but we didn't see any. Concrete benches at periodic spots along the trail to eat lunch. This looks like a great bike trail as the path isn't too riddled with rocks and most of the bends aren't too sharp.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Nice out and back trail. River access at about 2.6 miles (starting at Quartz Hill Rd)
Dogs allowed.

trail running
Saturday, July 04, 2015

I run this trail fairly often and I love it.

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