Mule Mountain Pass

MODERATE 3 reviews

Mule Mountain Pass is a 7.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Redding, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

7.2 miles
1,502 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly


mountain biking

nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


Look for mountain bikes either chuffing uphill or, especially, rolling downhill on this sometimes narrow trail. Whether you start at the Meiner's Loop or Wintu Loop parking areas, expect to see abundant features from the earliest days of California gold mining and occasional prehistoric encampments that escaped the impacts of that mining. Hopscotch across the upper reaches of Olney Creek and enjoy the springtime flowers! Challenge yourself on the ascent to Mule Mountain Pass or just "skunk around" on the flatter, eastern section of the Trail. Either way, it'll be a good time.

trail running
3 months ago

Great running trail although I used part of it, coming from Whiskeytown I started at the Mine loop, to canal loop, to Mule mountain pass, then mule loop to black bear pass then Mule Mountain summit and back. We are lucky to live were we do. It was a crazy busy day to say the least

5 months ago

Great hike overall. Finding the top of Mule Mountain can prove somewhat difficult, as there are a number of branching points along the trail. Solid view of Whiskey Town from the top. (Hiked January 2017)

6 months ago