Sacramento River Rail Trail

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Over the years the Bureau of Land Management, with many partners, has worked diligently to develop one of the premier trail destinations in the West. North of Redding, the Sacramento River Rail Trail links with the Sacramento River Trail, forming an extensive paved trail network that offers stunning views of the river and nearby mountains throughout its length.

From the southern trailhead at Keswick Dam, the Sacramento River Rail Trail heads steeply northwest along Keswick Reservoir for nearly 3 miles through dense woodlands. At the trail junction near Spring Creek, continue right at the start of the much flatter rail-trail portion, which follows the old Central Pacific Railroad bed for more than 7 miles north. (A left turn instead leads to a small trailhead on Iron Mountain Road a short distance away.)

The remainder of the route continues to follow the former rail corridor on the western edge of Keswick Reservoir, offering beautiful views of the crystal-clear water. From the trail's northern endpoint on Coram Road, continue northeast on-road to reach Shasta Dam. The impressive dam—the eighth tallest in the United States—is responsible for the creation of Shasta Lake, a popular recreation destination for Northern Californians.

Back at the southern end of the trail at smaller Keswick Dam, pick up the Sacramento River Trail to continue south to Redding and its famous Sundial Bridge.

Parking and Trail Access

Trailheads and parking lots for the Sacramento River Rail Trail are located off Keswick Dam Road at Keswick Dam, off Iron Mountain Road next to Rock Creek Road, and at Shasta Dam.

Reviews

Great trail.

   December, 2014 by trail53link

Rode the entire route yesterday. The only downside was the first two miles from Keswick Dam. It's not a typical gradual rail grade. Great scenery, great surface, and no traffic noise. At one point I just stopped to enjoy the silence. I recommend pushing ...read more

Wow! How did I not know about this?

   May, 2014 by lstrom2

Departed from Keswick Dam parking area this morning. The first 1/2 mile is seriously steep, immediately, but after a mile or two of some good ups and downs, it is pretty close to flat along the water all the way to the campground below Shasta Dam. The ...read more

Redding to Shasta

   May, 2013 by mkoyama

We started this ride from the Sundial Bridge in Redding which added another 8 miles each way. At the Shasta campgrounds destination, we decided to ride up to Shasta Dam. A moderately steep 2 to 3 miles uphill, but the view from the dam and the ride back ...read more