Kanaka Peak Loop

Redding, California 96001

Kanaka Peak Loop

Kanaka Peak Loop Professional Guide

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"The splendid views from the summit of 2616-foot Kanaka Peak are well worth the physical effort. Make sure you’re clad in the proper footwear and have a set of trekking poles for the steep, ankle-twisting, knee-wrenching descent off the top of the mountain. The 6.5-mile Kanaka Peak Loop passes through a mixture of black oak woodland and mixed conifer forest, with small pockets of lush riparian foliage lining the banks of Paige Boulder Creek and its tributaries. The dense vegetation clears enough on top of Kanaka Peak to allow the wide-ranging vistas that span from Mt. Shasta in the north down the Sacramento Valley to the south. If possible, pick a day right after a storm for the best views, when cleansing rains have cleared the air of dust and pollutants."

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Best Hikes with Dogs: Bay Area & Beyond (The Mountaineers Books)
Thom Gabrukiewicz
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"While it isn’t nearly as tall as its neighbor to the north—the 6209-foot Shasta Bally, which dominates Redding’s western vistas—Kanaka Peak is no slouch of a hike. It’s strenuous, to be sure, but the views of Whiskeytown Lake, the snowcapped Klamath Mountains (even in the middle of summer), and the Central Valley are not to be missed. Besides, you’ll be walking the dogs through history, as the area was very important to the resident Wintu Indians who gathered acorns for flour, hunted deer, and took salmon, trout, and steelhead from the creeks. Of course, the Wintu had a much different view from Kanaka Peak. Whereas you’ll see 3000-acre Whiskeytown Lake and urban sprawl from an expanding Redding and the rest of the Central Valley, they saw expansive forest and grasslands. Alas, along the way, you’ll also see the scars of years of gold exploration, where miners dug gullies and trenches— and aided in the rapid decline of the Native Americans." Read more

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Trail Information

Nearby City
3,600 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
April to June / September to November
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
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Dec 2018