Kanaka Peak Trail

Redding, California

Kanaka Peak Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,700 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
6 hours or overnight
Year-round; midsummer heat might be a problem
1,550 feet
Trailhead Elevation
2,700 feet
Top Elevation
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Whiskeytown Unit
Local Contacts
USGS French Gulch
Local Maps