Hornbeck Trail and Lower Sacramento Ditch Trail

MODERATE 23 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.

20 days 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.

1 month ago

hiking
1 month 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!

1 month ago

Quiet and well maintained trail

hiking
3 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
3 months ago

3 months ago

3 months ago

gorgeous trail, fairly easy

6 months ago

7 months ago

8 months ago

mountain biking
8 months ago

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

hiking
8 months ago

trail running
9 months ago

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.

11 months ago

hiking
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.

hiking
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.