Explore the most popular forest trails near Redding with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great for kids, dogs and mountain bikers! Bring a snack and enjoy it at the picnic table up top!

7 days ago

I hiked beginning of May. Spectacular view at the top and pretty falls along the way! Other highlights include being surrounded by butterflies and wildflowers at multiple points. I encountered a bear over halfway up- a young adult. The bear startled at my presence and crashed through the brush about 4 yards from me before turning and loping off.

The beginning is some pretty hard uphill, I walked most of it but when you get passed the bench, the downhill is fantastic, I seriously recommend it to all local mountain bikers

Nice flat stroll adjacent to the river, the Sundial Bridge Arboretum offers some sweet architecture, and is a nice place to relax and walk off a good meal in Redding. We got there on a late summer afternoon and the bright white inclined pylon really stood out against the deep blue sky. The bridge sign was very interesting, like the fact there are 2,245 glass panels in the deck of the bridge, each covering 10 square feet and can reach 150 degrees in the summer. It was an especially hot summer and my melting tennis shoes started to stick to the deck. The trail offered some welcome shade and a chance to cool off my shoes. Definitely worth a stop even if you just walk over the bridge and back.

Fun little loop. Less people than the river trail. A little more of a peaceful feel as well.

14 days ago

Awesome trail—pretty well maintained, and we had the whole thing practically to ourselves! Took us about 3-3.5 hrs plus stop time at the top. You get glimpses of the lake on the way, and there’s a great view at the top, so go on a clear day to see Lassen and Shasta looking pristine. In drier weather, it’s ok to drive to the trailhead with the proper car, but we decided to start at the campground and get our miles in. (I think the gate was only open this weekend for a bike race anyway.)

The only con was the abundance of poison oak, but it doesn’t usually intrude on the trail. You just have to be attentive, especially in the spring when it blends in with the rest of the greenery. Also, the only other hiker we saw warned us she’d seen a bear on her way up, so as always just keep your eyes peeled!

Absolutely beautiful! There are meadows and wildflowers as far as you can see. Extremely well maintained trail, and as a Mom; I felt extremely at ease letting my kiddo run as far ahead as I could see..... Doggo poopoo bags and two trash receptacles available also. Bring water, and your camera. Can't wait to go back!

26 days 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)

Quick. Easy. Close to Redding. Great views. A nice way to spend an afternoon hiking. Watching the sunset from the peak is also a great time to hike Chamise- though bring a flashlight for the descent.

Love this hike! Great track. Easy to navigate. Amazing views of the mountains to the west and the valley, Mt. Shasta, the dam and even Lassen. The whole family did this one. The little ones where in the back packs and the 5 & 6 year old killed it.
This one will defiantly be on our short list.
You do have to compete with the mountain bikers but they are were pretty courteous of our crew.

1 month ago

Beautiful area in the spring... Nice and green. Followed the track to the back of the trail and the sky fell. Scrambled back on a different route route to get out of a heavy rain. Great trail for dogs and bicyclists. The trail is wide, clay based with gravel and wide enough to support a sports wheelchair easily. There are side single track trails going everywhere in all directions...

One of my favorite hikes in Redding! Trail is well maintained and a good workout but not too hard.

2 months ago

Great trail! Went in mid-March and endured some rain and beautiful snowfall! This time of year there are a few creeks to cross carefully and a beautiful waterfall. The hike up can be a little grueling but you can do it! There is a big clearing at the peak, and even a nice bench under a tree. The hike down is fast and easy. The whole thing took us about 3 hours.

2 months ago

Hiked from Peltier Campground up the 4x4 road (since the gate is closed in the winter) to the Kanaka Peak Trail. Enjoyed sweeping views, a seasonal waterfall and a 360• view at the top! It was a beautiful, clear Sunday morning and I could see the Trinity Alps to the west, Lassen to the East and other mountains to the north and south with rolling hills! The shaded bench will be great in the summer seeing as the top is otherwise totally exposed. I took the Kanaka Cutoff Trail back down to Logging Camp and then back to the campground. Got a little turned around, but really enjoyed my hike! The creek crossings, top views and flora and fauna are so rich! Worth the effort and will do it again!

Beautiful hike on well kept trails. Clear trail marking and a pick nick bench at the top made for a great experience.
The gradual incline makes this hike pleasant event for those of us with old sports injuries in knees and hips.

road biking
3 months ago

Great for a family bike ride. It connects with the Lema bike and dog walk trails which lead to Minder Park, a sweet neighborhood playground and picnic area.

3 months ago

Great hike! Several offshoot trails along the way. Hiked a roundtrip of 10 miles-was fantastic with great views!

Super fun easy trail to hike not super steep like some trails around here beautiful views of lake Shasta Shasta dam and mount shasta and even amazing views of lassen

Very beautiful hike! Went with friends and hiked to the peak and it has beautiful views of mt. Shasta and mt. Lassen. Would definitely do again.

3 months ago

Nice little workout yesterday... had the trail to ourselves, beautiful weather, the streams were all pretty low/easy to cross, trail is in good shape/well-maintained with a couple of passable downed trees. The road to the trailhead is closed for winter so that’s an added mile or so of mostly uphill hiking, totaled about 8.25-8.5 miles round trip all said and done, did it in about 4 hours with a break at the top for lunch. Nice 360° views from the peak. Lots of ticks!! Probably stopped and pulled at least 20-30 out of my dog’s fur throughout our hike.

Be aware that Whiskeytown’s day use fee is now $20(!!), or you can buy a 1-year access that includes Lassen for $40.

3 months ago

Not much of a hiker but this trail was extremely fun and beautiful views from the top of Kanaka peak

My boyfriend, our small shitzu, and myself took this hike today and really enjoyed it. While we are not out of shape we are certainly not athletes. We found the hike to be between easy and intermediate only because it's all uphill for 2.5 miles. The trail is in good shape and well marked. We would recommend it for anyone looking for a hike that doesnt take all day. The hike took us about 2 hours.

Well kept trail by the BLM, a lot of work has been done clearing brush to open views.
Easy hike great reward.

Loved this trail, it was really easy and a great trail to walk and y’all with a friend. Views were beautiful.

Trailhead was very easy to find. I loved the beautiful views at the top.

Nice little paved walk.

Great hike for our German Shepherd and the perfect amount of time (~2 hrs) for a late afternoon hike. We went in late December and it was warm thanks to global warming.

Easy to find parking. I'd say an easy hike if you are in shape. The view at the top Chamise Peak are worth it. It took me less than 2 hours at a leisure pace and hanging out at the top for a while.

Awesome view once you get to the top!
Gradual climb the whole way up for 2.4 miles, not easy for someone out of shape but had great weather and was able to take my time. Definitely going on this trail again!

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