Bailey Cove Trail

Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area - Shasta Unit, California

Elevation Gain2,145ft
Trailhead Elevation1,099ft
Elevation Min/Max1068/1177ft
Elevation Start/End1099/1099ft

Bailey Cove Trail

Bailey Cove Trail is a hiking trail in Shasta County, California. It is within Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area - Shasta Unit. It is 2.7 miles long and begins at 1,099 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,145 feet. The Bailey Cove Day Use picnic site and the Bailey cove trailhead attraction are near the trailhead. There are also restrooms and parkings.

Bailey Cove Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This is a short, easy flat loop in a woodland area with views toward the steep mountainous terrain across the lake. This is a chance for you and Pooch to sample Shasta Lake, California’s largest reservoir and the third- largest body of water after Lake Tahoe and the Salton Sea."

"This ride takes you around a knoll just above Shasta Lake’s high-water level. There’s a lot of poison oak, but the trail is usually wide enough that you won’t rub up against it. You’ll probably hear the screaming of an osprey overhead, because they tend to nest here. I’ve ranked this a class 3 trail: Some parts are cliffy, others rocky and rooty, and it’s just darn tricky in places. Highlights: You’ll enjoy almost constant views of Shasta Lake on this well-built trail with some lightly to moderately technical challenges. No motorized vehicles are allowed on the trail."

"Mix equal parts of rambunctious dog, fishing rod, brilliant fall afternoon, and a family, and you’ve got a tonic called the Bailey Cove Loop. This hike takes in a few lovely miles of shoreline on California’s largest manmade lake."

"This trail takes in a few miles of shoreline of California’s largest manmade lake. Lake Shasta was created when Shasta Dam was built in 1945, harnessing the waters of the Sacramento, McCloud, and Pit Rivers. The lake has 365 miles of shoreline, one for every day of the year. Here, you’ll get to explore a prominent peninsula that once was a mountain. This well-maintained trail attracts anglers who sling lines into the numerous coves, as well as mountain bikers and families out for a stroll. You’ll get a glimpse of Holiday Harbor, one of the many marinas that cater to the myriad of houseboaters who make annual pilgrimages to the lake."

Bailey Cove Trail Reviews

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Nice little loop to start your day. Some areas have steep slpes that may be unnerving to new riders. Good ride in the fall and spring as summers in this area tend to be very hot.
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I took my two dogs on this trail and it was very nice. There are views of Shasta Lake and the granite mountains on the McCloud arm of the lake. It is a semi-wooded trail about 25 feet above the high water level of the lake.

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Trail Information

Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area - Shasta Unit
Nearby City
Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area - Shasta Unit
Shasta- Trinity National Forest, Shasta Lake Ranger Station, 14225 Holiday Rd., Redding 96003; (530)275-1587
Local Contacts
USGS O’Brien; USFS Shasta- Trinity National Forest
Local Maps

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Sep 2018