Best Easy Day Hikes Redding, California  by Montana Hodges

Best Easy Day Hikes: Redding, California Guide Book

by Montana Hodges (Falcon Guides)
Best Easy Day Hikes Redding, California  by Montana Hodges
Best Easy Day Hikes Redding, California includes detailed maps and concise descriptions for 23 easy-to-follow hikes. Discover a region of diverse splendors -- from the city's pride and joy, the Sacramento River Trail, to Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Lassen Volcanic National Park, the Klamath Mountains, and the Cascade Range.

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Trails from the "Best Easy Day Hikes: Redding, California" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 23.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 23.

If you’re not ready to climb to the top of Mount Shasta, the day hike from Bunny Flat to Horse Camp is the next best thing. This high-altitude trail treks nearly 2 miles up the south flank of the mountain. It is a moderately challenging route but offers a taste of Mount Shasta’s world-renowned mountaineering flavor. It is also the first steps of the most popular route to the 14,162-foot summit.
Mount Shasta, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.4
Edging the eastern bulge of the Cascade Range is this prizeworthy state park, home to the grandest of all waterfall hikes. Once deemed a wonder of the world by President Theodore Roosevelt, the positively picturesque Burney Falls humbles every visitor to set foot on its breezy loop trail. The short route is accessible year-round and swarms with visitors in the popular summer season. Whether the mecca is bustling with activity or abandoned in the icy wind, it is impossible not to be enchanted by the falls.
Burney, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.2
Castle Crags State Park’s Indian Creek Nature Trail is an interesting little loop full of information on the history and life of the region. The easy 1-mile trail travels though a thick forest along the shallow creek. You can also tack on the intersecting Flume Trail, which follows a historical water route. Or better yet, bring your tent and spend a weekend camped out at the beautiful campground and explore the 30-plus miles of trail within the park.
Castella, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
On a sunny day when the gleaming glacial-melt waters of Castle Lake lie still under the backdrop of Mount Shasta, the views from this short trail are worth a hundred-mile hike. Not far from Mount Shasta City, the Klamath Mountain stroll offers plenty of options, from a 1-mile out-and-back along the lake’s western shore to a backpacking trip down to Castle Crags.
Dunsmuir, CA - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 1
The Clear Creek Greenway is a delightful series of rough routes in southwest Redding following Clear Creek and the surrounding hills. The 1.5-mile hike from the Horsetown Trailhead easily climbs to a lookout over the cavernous canyon of Clear Creek.
Shasta, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 3
Shasta Lake’s premier day hike slinks along the waterfront through recent burn patches and light pine forest. The Clikapudi Trail is a 7.5-mile loop beginning and ending at the well-used Jones Valley Boat Launch on the lake’s southern arm. Celebrated sights along the way include wide-open views, nesting bald eagles, and spring poppy blooms.
Redding, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 7.5
This unparalleled spring beauty just north of Red Bluff bursts in a mosaic of wildflowers. This loosely maintained Bureau of Land Management area is home to a crosshatch of unofficial little routes, but the Hog Lake Plateau Trail is easily distinguished as it leads from Hog Lake to the Paynes Creek Wetlands.
Red Bluff, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 7.5
The Hornbeck Trail has it all—urban proximity, spanning vistas, swimming beaches, wildlife, and peaceful benches under shady ancient oaks. Perhaps Redding’s premier wilderness hike, the trail follows an old railroad bed across a ridge sharply cut into hillsides and then softly swoops through manzanita groves. The Sacramento Ditch Trail replaces Hornbeck Trail north of Walker Mine Road, where it parallels the handsome Sacramento River atop a high rim to Shasta Dam.
Redding, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 8
Lassen Volcanic National Park’s premier hike showcases the wildest thrills of hydrothermal activity a stone’s throw from your hiking boots—hot gas spewing from hissing fumaroles, boiling mud, and brightly colored mineral pools. The hike to Bumpass Hell first climbs a forested hillside ridge showcasing classic mountain vistas before its final decent into the sizzling valley below. If you only have a day in Lassen, head straight to the Hell.
Mineral, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
This heart-healthy hike in Lassen Volcanic National Park descends along a rocky route past a meadow of summer-long wildflower blooms and a spectacularly cool creek. The hike climaxes at the ultimate summer escape: Kings Creek Falls, a multitiered giant made famous from park brochures and Lassen ad campaigns. You will surely recognize this feathery waterfall.
Mineral, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
This breezy stroll loops around stunning Manzanita Lake at the northern entrance of Lassen Volcanic National Park. The placid waters and mountainous backdrop offer some of the better photographic opportunities in the park, with Lassen Peak poised perfectly above the brilliantly blue lake. The Manzanita Lake Trail is a popular little 1.8-mile route, but you can catch the lake nearly all to yourself if you arrive at dawn, when it’s just you and the pika.
Mineral, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.8
Another gem of Lassen Volcanic National Park, the Paradise Meadows hike offers a little piece of, well, paradise! Splashed in the beauty of wildflowers all summer long, the captivating meadow is framed by a rich evergreen forest and towering mountaintops. The scene brings memorable meaning to the expression “picture perfect.” The rugged, 1.4-mile eachway trail is a bit steep, but it’s worth every step, even when it’s vertical.
Mineral, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.8
When you need a breath of fresh air but aren’t up to driving out of town, head for the Lema Ranch and Churn Creek system, where you can choose from two distinctively different styles of hike. Lema Ranch hosts a perfectly polished paved path through an old farm with plenty of ponds and a persimmon grove. The more organic flavor of Churn Creek’s rolling oak lands allows dogs and cyclists along its gravel paths. Both systems offer excellent birding.
Redding, CA - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 2.2
In less than 2 miles, three glorious waterfalls dot this easy hike near McCloud. Each cascade has a unique flavor— one a stout flow into a popular swimming hole, another a wide-mouth guzzle into a frothy pool, and the last a roaring rapid piercing a narrow gorge. En route to the falls, soak up the recreational delights, including swimming, fishing, and picnicking.
McCloud, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 3.6
This snippet of the mighty Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a few miles west of Castle Crags State Park. The portion to Burstarse Falls leads through a stunning section of the Trinity Mountains with sweeping views and a seasonal waterfall. Although it is a cardio challenge to reach the PCT portion, once there, the rolling mountainside hike doesn’t disappoint.
Castella, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 4.8
The Sacramento River Trail is the pride and joy of Redding, and rightfully so. This masterpiece of a hike leads to the phenomenal Sundial Bridge, an architectural trophy over the Sacramento River. You can begin the route at the Turtle Bay Exploration Park, which is home to a day’s worth of activities in itself. The other 12 miles of the River Trail get up close and personal with life in the riparian zone. You may spy river otters, beavers, and dozens of shorebirds along the trail’s wide paved paths.
Redding, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 8
This lush waterfront route not far from McCloud blooms in tiger lilies and soaks in chilled shade. Cooled by a couple of rapids and rich foliage, this aquatic gem is a good choice for a summer hike. The moderate 6-mile one-way Squaw Valley Creek Trail can be lengthened or shortened, or combined with the intersecting Pacific Crest Trail.
Dunsmuir, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 12
The natural, yet urban, Westside Trail offers a wilderness feel within Redding city lines. This easy route showcases the region’s best—mountain views, peaceful Salt Creek, and rocky hills dotted with oaks and pines. Trails and Bikeway Council, City of Redding, Bureau of Land Management, California Conservation Corps, McConnell Foundation, as well as private contributors and dozens of volunteers are all responsible for the birth of the Westside Trail, which links several miles of western Redding.
Redding, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 3
Whiskeytown is thick in history. The area is packed with stories of water wars, tragic battles with local Native Americans, high-impact mining operations, and rowdy camps. With a name like Whiskeytown, it is easy to assume that the words whiskey and town can only mean one thing—yup, gold mining!
Redding, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.3
If you’re ready for an adventure, then trek up to Whiskeytown Falls, but bring along a well-rested body and maybe even some energy bars for the climb. The 1.7-mile one-way trail hikes steadily up a decomposed granite path paralleling beautiful Crystal Creek, in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. Just when you think you can’t take another step up the 700-foot grade, you arrive at exhilarating Whiskeytown Falls, a large flow that crashes vigorously along a lengthy series of rocky rapids.
Redding, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 3.4