Bowerman Ridge Trail

Redding, California 96099

Bowerman Ridge Trail

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"The Central Valley Project, begun in 1935, was conceived to control floods and provide hydroelectric power. Trinity Lake is one of several reservoirs resulting from the long-term project. Trinity Dam, completed in 1961, now holds back the third largest manmade lake in California. When full, it has a shoreline of 145 miles and offers fishing, boating, picnicking, and camping. There are a number of full service marinas along its shore. Although the lake is an extremely popular destination, there are some quiet, out-ofthe- way spots accessible only by 4WD. Bowerman Ridge lies between the East Fork of Stuarts Fork Arm and the southwestern side of Trinity Lake. Special Attractions: The Bowerman Barn; Moderately challenging spur to a beautiful camp or picnic site on a narrow ridge above Trinity Lake; Camping, picnicking, boating, and angling at Trinity lake. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs."

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Guide to Northern California Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails (FunTreks)
Charles A. Wells
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"Dramatic high views of massive Trinity Lake. See Mt. Shasta on a clear day. Secluded camping or picnicking. Alpine View Forest Service campground. Mostly a wide, graded road except for one steep, narrow section. Tight trees in a few places. Avoid when wet. Closed in winter." Read more

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
2 hours
May 1 to October 30, best in dry weather
2,400 feet
Trailhead Elevation
4,000 feet
Top Elevation
Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Covington Mill, Trinity Dam, Papoose Creek, Trinity Center, Redding
Local Maps

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Dec 2018