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Explore the best rated trails in Redding, CA, whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Sacramento River Rail Trail and Hornbeck Trail . With more than 8 trails covering 77 miles you're bound to find a perfect trail for you. Click on any trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.
Trail is in awful shape. Road it yesterday 8/1/23. There are lots and lots of trees across the trail, big ones and small ones. Had hoped to ride it to Harris Spring Rd from Harlow Flats. Only made it ten miles. Could be a wonderful trail if maintained. May have to do some of my own maintenance. Live close by.
After riding in the Tour de Palm Springs in Feb. 2023, a friend and I stopped and rode the Sacramento River Trail and the Sacramento River Rail Trail on our way back to Seattle.
It started as a quite chilly morning as we rode the trail from Redding in mostly shade. Once out of the city, we were getting more sunshine and warming up. Along the way we saw vultures and eagles in the trees.
After climbing Heart Attack Hill, the trail winded up and down and it felt like I was mountain biking, but on pavement. I loved it!!
We connected to the rail trail and rode to Shasta Dam before heading back to Redding.
If you find yourself in the Redding area, I highly recommend you ride these trails.
I visited this trail in January of 2022 and did a video of the Sacramento River Trail - https://youtu.be/N-AZjCQKneE and a short of the Sundial Bridge: https://youtube.com/shorts/3Sv4SYw4d10?feature=share
I really enjoyed the trail, fun location!
Too bad there isn’t a lower score. We bike a lot, mountain, gravel and road. This surface is unrideable. There is soft cinder - varies in the middle from 4-8” and is not compacted. The bushes are grown over the sides scratching your arms and legs. We rode 12 miles and rode back along the hwy on mountain bikes.
It is a great concept and wonderful that the trail is started and reserved for the future. It’s is not usable in this condition.
There were lots of butterflies, flowers, beautiful trees, some views of Shasta and I wanted to love this trail.
The cinder needs to be removed and someone with bike experience and someone with trail building experience needs to be on the committee in the future. It’s probably great for snowmobiles and ATV’s.
I combined this trail with the Sacramento River Trail, starting at Turtle Bay. I didn't know what to expect and was thrilled after getting to the top of Heart Rate Hill and seeing more hills, dips and curves! I felt like I was mountain biking only on a paved trail. The scenery was gorgeous and we were the only people on the trail until we go back toward Heart Rate Hill.
I highly recommend this trail if you get to be in the Redding area!
We started off Black Ranch Rd. It's a typical rail trail and the cinder made it more challenging.Motorized vehicles have put some ruts on the trail. From Hwy 89 to the end point of the trail where bridge crossed Lake Briton was pure joy.
I took my 2 year old out here today to go fishing there are several little trails and even little fishing spots. Turtles and ducks and so many cute critters.¿¿
I’m building a new house by the trail and have been riding this trail for years. There are a variety of starting points starting on Hilltop Drive, Turtle Bay Sheraton, Turtle Bay Parking lot, Shasta Senior Center, And Keswick Dam (entrance you the Shasta Rail trail which runs all the way to Shasta Dam. Riding from Hilltop (Fleet Feet Store) alongside highway 44 is hard way to return if you’re tired after your ride.
This is a gorgeous quiet ride- not that many bikers and almost all paved. There is a gap though, right in the middle of the ride, where the fires burnt the bridge and the rails/ road have been destroyed - so unless you are an expert mountain biker and can ride around it (steeply down a canyon and back up to the other side) you will need to turn around. No biggie- as it is still and lovely ride and loops both sides of the river.
The wife and I rode the trail on a perfect September late afternoon back in 2013. On our way to bike rides in Oregon and Washington, we stopped in Redding for the night after driving all day from southern California.
With a few hours to spare before dinner, we decided to get some exercise and to bike the trail. It wasn't on our trip agenda, but what a smart decision it was!
Starting at the Sundial Bridge, we enjoyed a leisurely, serene ride up along one side of the river and then back down along the opposite side. With the exception of a couple of hills going up river that the wife hated, the trail was fairly easy for a couple of middle age fifty somethings to negotiate. I especially enjoyed the river views and going through the forest of trees on the down river side!
We'll always have fond memories of that beautiful late summer unexpected afternoon ride, and we burned enough calories after sitting in the SUV all day to justify a good dinner afterwards!
We hit trail closures from Sundial Park on both sides making it impossible to do a loop or to go very far. On the North side of the river, The Sacramento River Trail Bridge was closed so you can’t cross over to the other side there and have to turn around a backtrack. On the south side, the trail is closed at the Middle Creek Trail intersection. We ended up riding the Middle Creek Trail which travels through burned, scorched woods.
Beautiful trees on the trail. The area is beautiful. After about 1.5-2 miles on the trail, there is a bridge over a creek and that is so gorgeous!
But a couple of things to beware of. 1- there are no signs on the side of the road so when you turn off the 89 it is 1 mile- so just pay attention to the mileage. You do see the red cinders and the trail going up the road, so that helps to ID the trail. Also not a lot of places to park.
The biggest issue was the red cinder substrate. It was very loose and thick so not only is it tough to steer in but, pulls your bicycle tires so it is tough to ride. The shoulders are VERY LOOSE (substrate) and the center of the trail road is also higher and loose so tough to cross over it from side to side. After about 2 miles on the trail there was a hard packed dirt road so we left the trail and followed the dirt road which was so much easier to steer and ride on.
We will not be back. Maybe once the substrate gets rained on and is more compact it might be better but we almost wrecked on our bicycles several times and my husband has a fat bike (so the tires are bigger - more like a motorcycle) and I have mountain bike tires and so they both should have been ok in the substrate but it was tough!
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