Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

This is an easy trail and one I enjoy. Especially when starting from the hilltop trailhead. It adds incline.

Enjoyed the trail would recommend it to other off road enthusiasts.

off road driving
8 days ago

We started our off roading adventures with this trail. At the beginning we found it quite exciting and adventurous, slow going for our first adventure. The trail calmed down but still had some challenges the further we went. At about the 17 mile mark we were stopped by a gate and had to take the McCandless Gulch Road back to Hwy 299. We really had a blast as now we have added off road driving to our biking and hiking.

horseback riding
17 days ago

Great trail. 10.1 mi. round trip from Shasta Mine parking (large horse trailer). About 8 from Peltier Campground (you can drive to) for regular hikers. 2066ft climb, not steep but good incline first couple miles from Peltier, then you really don't notice the incline from there. Great views. Done it many times.

camping
22 days ago

A little confusing at the start but once you cross the bridge and go through the campsite, you'll find the gated road that runs beside the bathrooms. That is the starting point. Hiked this trail at the end of May, still lots of wildflowers and runoff. The pools were a welcomed stop to take a break and cool off. The hike was partly shaded but if it gets too hot, as Redding does, a hat and sunscreen is a must. We forgot bug spray :/, won't forget next time ticks and mosquitos abound.
A nice shaded bench awaits atop Kanaka and I was worth the hike. The views both day and night were beautiful. A beautiful place to spend the night.

trail running
1 month 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

Pretty area to walk with lots of different plants and flowers to see. If you go all the way to the back there’s a nice park area and also a kids area and picnic benches.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail but the app directions were hard to follow as there are many offshoot trails. If you get off the trail onto some of the offshoot trails it can go from easy to hard pretty quickly. I went down a hill and ended up sliding about 10’ down the hill on my rear. I did comes home with something to talk about.

I really enjoyed this hike! The road was closed (and I definitely don’t think I would’ve been able to drive up it without AWD) so it added and extra 2 miles to the hike (total). The first 2ish miles are fairly steep. Doable, but steep. The middle of the hike doesn’t have much incline and is a nice break from the first portion. It inclined for the last two miles but is mostly covered and has some great views of Whiskeytown Lake! The top was great-a major view of the lake and Mt. Shasta! There’s also a nice bench at the top. There’s a great little creek near the trailhead-fun to cool off in the beginning and end! Also-there are bathrooms at the campground which is a bonus. I loved the hike and the variety of some switchbacks and some potions just through trees! Took us between 3-3 1/2 hours not including our break at the top for lunch.

road biking
2 months ago

This is a nice trail to enjoy with the family. We always add this loop to our ride when we ride the Sacramento River Loop. Very easy with a slight grade and is wide and paved. Always quiet on this loop.

road biking
2 months ago

We have done this easy loop a few times and have added a few extra loops around the area as the weather was just too beautiful to stop.

The map directions via Apple map had us starting at Wintu trail. From there we hiked to Meiners Loop then went on the Escalator trail and ended up where you could choose to continue to Whiskytown, head up to the summit, take the Terminator trail, Mt Mule trail, or return via Escalator trail. This was our 2nd hike ever and were glad we challenged ourselves. We ended up going 10.08 miles round trip today. We didn’t get in any hurry and met a few other hikers and some on mountain bikes.

hiking
2 months ago

definitely a beautiful trail. went to the left and came down the mountain bike trail. lots and lots of uphill. nothing overly steep like whiskeytown but not necessarily a "easy peasy" trail. but easy for uphill training.

Such a beautiful place! The trails were smooth, scenery was incredible, our kids had a great time climbing on the rocks watching the birds in the ponds, and all the other wildlife.
Although the paths were paved and easily accessible for wheels and walking, there were hills, which could make it difficult for someone who has trouble walking.
We were very confused on where the trails led and which direction we were allowed to go though. We saw this beautiful tree-lined path, but I guess that is private property... I wish maybe there had been more signs? But overall a neat place!

walking
2 months ago

We took a family trip here today. It’s a little crowded at the sundial bridge but the walking paths were very secluded and we were passed by bikers many times. There are bathrooms and resting areas. Great to pack a lunch for. There was a fish viewing station where you walk down and can watch through windows as the water passes. We saw lots of wildlife including snakes, turtles, and deer! The deer were less than 10 ft from us and my kids loved it.

hiking
2 months ago

Very beautiful, peaceful hike. I wasn't prepared for the 4.5 mile trek up the side of a mountain, my mistake, so I was quite sore afterwards, and knee bothering me quite a bit on the way down the same 4.5 miles. The view at the top was amazing! Natural beauty all around. I'd do it again!

hiking
3 months 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.

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

We just got to experience this beautiful trail!!! Great trail!!!

hiking
3 months 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!

I live in an adjacent neighborhood and we do this loop almost daily. It’s flat and paved with the option to walk nice dirt trails that run along the inside of the paved loop. Great for dog walking. Although summer gets very hot as there are no trees so you have to plan early or late walks.

We bike this all the time. Easy, but with pretty views of the river. This is our “go to” trail when we want to go for a decent ride without hitting the dirt.

walking
3 months ago

Great place to see birds! Clean, well maintained, safe trail for Kids.

3 months ago

Nice trail. Lots of wild flowers today-April 24th.

hiking
3 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)

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