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."
--Linda B. Mullally and David S. Mullally, Best Dog Hikes Northern California (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Roger McGehee, Mountain Biking Northern California (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Jason Fator, Best Hikes With Dogs: San Francisco Bay Area and Beyond (The Mountaineers Books).
"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."
--Thom Gabrukiewicz, Best Hikes with Dogs: Bay Area & Beyond (The Mountaineers Books).
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