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If you want to go for a nice walk (or run, or ride), Redding has a trail for you…several dozen in fact! Redding is the proud home of 225 miles of trails within a 15-mile radius of town, making it “the gem of the U.S. Trail System” (gee thanks, San Fancisco Chronicle!). Take your pick: set out from the popular Sundial Bridge- hub of the Sacramento River National Recreation Trail- or pack some dirt on your mountain bike tires in Whiskeytown National Recreation area. Bring your best friend, whether they be dog, horse, or person, and see what kind of blooms and wildlife you can spot on your chosen stretch of trail. Enjoy river views, rolling foothills, and/or sweeping valley vistas along the well-maintained trails, with amenities and kindred spirits scattered along the way. Short loops close to town and long stretches through the hills mean all abilities and any schedule can be accommodated.

Visiting Redding in the winter? Redding boasts 300 days of sunshine per year, so there’s a good chance you’ll be able to get outside and channel your inner John Muir no matter when you come. Redding is so committed to trails that the American Trails Association moved its headquarters here and happily calls it home.

If you seek a wider expanse of nature, the mountains around Redding offer more options. Castle Crags State Park offers unmatched views of Mt. Shasta and Lassen Volcanic National Park has numerous scenic trails that take visitors to bubbling mud pots, boiling lakes, and majestic vistas.

Redding’s trails are free to all, and most are dog-friendly, which means the whole family can explore together. Remember to pack your camera, a few snacks, and plenty of water, and as always, tread lightly! Check out the Redding Trails brochure below, or get a free copy at area bike shops, hotels, and the Visitor Information center at the Sundial Bridge. For happier trails, visit Redding!

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Big Nasty Trail
The Big Nasty Trail is a fantastic loop trail that is named after a brush-covered formation of rough lava rock. Sweeping views of Lava Beds and the Modoc National Forest can be seen from here, and the trail is a fantastic spot to view the sunset. From the Mammoth Crater/Hidden Valley pullout, the trail starts just before the upper overlook and follows the crater rim before heading west toward Ponderosa pine forests. More Information
1 Indian Well HQ
Tulelake, CA 96134
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Boiling Springs Lake
A number of steam vents are located under Boiling Springs Lake, keeping the temperature of the lake around 125 degrees. The mud pots on the southeast shore are among the best in the park. The trail crosses a meadow and then goes through forest to the lake and around it. Trees include incense-cedar, ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir, white fir, sugar pine, and others. A variety of wildflowers are found and it is a good area to observe birds. More Information
21820 Lassen National Park Hwy
Mineral, CA 96063
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Boulder Creek Falls
At over 138 feet tall, Boulder Creek Falls was thought to be the tallest waterfall in Whiskeytown National Park until the re-discovery of Whiskeytown Falls in 2004. With three cascades down a canyon covered in moss and ferns, you'll feel like you're in a dream. This waterfall is accessible by trail. More Information

Redding , CA

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Brandy Creek Falls
This is a moderately steep trail leading uphill to the base of Brandy Creek Falls. The Brandy Creek Falls Trail takes the hiker along an old logging road, passing through the dense second-growth forest that is typical of this section of the park. Approximately 0.5 miles into the hike, you will reach a bridge at the fi rst of two small creeks. Large boulders and logs found at the creek crossing came from a dramatic debris fl ow that thundered… More Information

Redding , CA

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Brokeoff Mountain
For sheer beauty and rugged mountain scenery the Brokeoff trail is one of the best in Lassen. The trail climbs steadily through open meadows and forest for two miles and then through scattered hemlocks and finally above timberline to the top. At the west end of the mountain just before the last half mile of the climb, there is a good view of Mt. Shasta. From the top of the mountain there are good views of Lassen Peak, Conard, Chaos… More Information
21820 Lassen National Park Hwy
Mineral, CA 96063
(530) 595-4480
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Bumpass Hell
Rocky trail with grand vistas decends to a boardwalk through Lassen's largest hydrothermal area. Trailhead at Bumpass Hell Parking area. More Information
21820 Lassen National Park Hwy
Mineral, CA 96063
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Castle Crags State Park
Castle Crags State Park is named for 6,000-feet tall glacier-polished crags and offers swimming and fishing in the Sacramento River, hiking in the back country, and a view of Mount Shasta. The park features 28 miles of hiking trails, including a 2.7 mile access trail to Castle Crags Wilderness, part of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. The Pacific Crest Trail also passes through the park. Whether you need breathtaking views or just a pleasant walk in nature, Castle Crags has something for… More Information
Castle Crags Road
Castella, CA 96017
(530) 235-2684
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Chaos Crags
Climbs gently throughforest before opening to the thinly forested edge of Chaos Jumbles. The trail continues down a steep path to the lake wich is often dry in the summer. Trailhead 0.1 miles after turnouff to Manzanita Lake Campground. More Information
21820 Lassen National Park Hwy
Mineral, CA 96063
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Cinder Cone
Exposed path of loose cinders skirts the Fantastic Lava Beds and the Painted Dunes before climbing steeply to the summit. Trail continues into the crater and offers spectacular views of Lassen and the eastern park. Trailhead on sowthwest side of Butte Lake boat ramp. More Information
21820 Lassen National Park Hwy
Mineral, CA 96063
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Clover Creek Preserve
Clover Creek Preserve is tucked in behind a neighborhood in east Redding, and offers paved, flat trails great for walking or cycling. Enjoy the 2 mile loop with your dog, your favorite people, or just the beautiful view of Redding's rolling hills, oaks, and expansive sky. More Information
3705 Shasta View Drive
Redding, CA 96002

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Cold Boiling Lake
Easy trail passes through forest and meadows to this bubbling lake in an alpine basin. Tiny gas bubbles escape Lassen's hydothermal system below making it appear to be biling. Trailhead at Kings Creek Picnic Area. More Information
21820 Lassen National Park Hwy
Mineral, CA 96063
(530) 595-4480
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Crystal Creek Falls
This is the only manmade waterfall in Whiskeytown National Park. It was created to divert water from Trinity River to Whiskeytown Lake and finally to Sacramento River and in this process Lower Crystal Creek Falls was created. This waterfall is wheelchair accessible and has nearby restrooms, picnic tails, and parking. More Information

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Devastated Area Interpretive Trail
Accessible path with signs about the effect of the 1951 Lassen Peak eruption. Excellent for families or those unable to take longer trails. Trailhead at Devastated parking area. Wheelchair accessible. More Information
21820 Lassen National Park Hwy
Mineral, CA 96063
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Devils Kitchen
Experience Lassen's second largest hydrothermal via a lovely hike through Warner Valley meadows and forest. Along with a number of other hikes, the trail begins at the Warner Valley trailhead. The first 0.4 mile passes through a meadow over small footbridges and boardwalks before crossing Hot Springs Creek. At the first intersection, go right to continue to Devil's Kitchen. Again, a series of footbridges and boardwalks help hikers navigate through marsh and woodlands to the intersection for Dream Lake at… More Information
21820 Lassen National Park Hwy
Mineral, CA 96063
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Echo Lake
The trail to Echo Lake offers a relatively easy day hike from the trailhead or Summit Lake campgrounds. It is also one stop on the longer popular Cluster Lakes loop. From the Ranger Station trailhead, the trail connects to the Summit Lake trail after 0.4 miles. The trail to Echo lake branches off after 0.5 miles on the far east side of the lake. The first part of the trail climbs away from the lake through fir forest to a… More Information
21820 Lassen National Park Hwy
Mineral, CA 96063
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Inspiration Point
Climbs through forest, meadow patches, and a sunny bench section. The summit rewards hikers with stunning views of Lassen, Prospect Peak, Cinder Cone, and Mount Harkness. Trailhead 50 feet east of Juniper Lake picnic area parking. More Information
21820 Lassen National Park Hwy
Mineral, CA 96063
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Kings Creek Falls
Kings Creek Falls is a great place for a photo opportunity as it is visually diverse with a fountain type look. All of its 46 feet cascade in different directions due to the protruding rocks behind. This waterfall is most visually stimulating during summer months when volume is less, allowing for a terraced appearance. This waterfall is moderately accessible. Trail crosses through Kings Creek Meadows and forests before dropping steeply down to the cascades and falls. Trailhead 1 mile east… More Information

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Lassen Peak Trail
The trail to the top of Lassen Peak begins at the peak parking area at an elevation of 8500 feet. The popular trail is 2.5 miles one-way to the summit. There are many fantastic vistas of the park and surrounding areas from the trail. The summit provides one of the most spectacular views of the Devastated Area, a view from the top looking down. This view is the best vantage point to contemplate the power of the 1914-17 eruptions. The… More Information
21820 Lassen National Park Hwy
Mineral, CA 96063
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Lassen Volcanic National Park
Beautiful Lassen Volcanic National Park sits less than an hour's drive from Redding, and boasts incredible mountain scenery reminiscent of Yosemite as well as fascinating thermal wonders similar to Yellowstone, but with just a small fraction of the visitors. Lassen offers three of the four different types of geothermal features, including steam vents, mud pots, and hot springs; all four types of volcanoes (shield, plug dome, cinder cone, and composite); and all types of naturally occurring lakes! Near Lassen Peak,… More Information
Hwy 36E
Mineral, CA 96063
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Lava Beds National Monument
Lava Beds National Monument is a land of turmoil, both geological and historical. Over the last half-million years, volcanic eruptions on the Medicine Lake shield volcano have created a rugged landscape dotted with diverse volcanic features. More than 700 caves, Native American rock art sites, historic battlefields and campsites, and a high desert wilderness experience await you! More Information
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Tulelake, CA 96134
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Lily Pond Nature Trail
Easy trail skirts Reflection Lake and a lily pond. Trailhead across from the Loomis Museum. More Information
21820 Lassen National Park Hwy
Mineral, CA 96063
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Manzanita Lake
Lassen Park's Manzanita Lake is about as picturesque as they come, and its beauty is just the beginning. It's famous for its large rainbows and browns, and can be fished from the shore, float tube, or drift boat. Try to keep your eyes on your line, because the birds, deer, and mountain views will compete for your attention. Or hike the Manzanita Lake trail, and easy, mostly flat trail that wraps around the lake. Great for bidwatchers, wildflower enthusiasts, and… More Information
21820 Lassen National Park Hwy
Mineral, CA 96063
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Mary Lake Park
Mary Lake Park, on the west side of Redding, is 29 developed acres with tree-lined walking trails winding their way around a man-made lake. Enjoy this walk with your dog and bring your binoculars for wildlife viewing. More Information
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Redding, CA 96001

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McArthur-Burney Falls State Memorial Park
The centerpiece of this popular state park is 129-foot Burney Falls, which is not the highest or largest waterfall in the state, but possibly the most beautiful. Hailed as The Eigth Wonder of the World by Teddy Roosevelt, Burney Falls is fed by underground springs and flows at 100 million gallons every day. The falls can easily be enjoyed from the top at the lookout point. But for a more refreshing experience, take the trail to the pool at the… More Information
Hwy 89
Burney, CA 96013
(530) 335-2777
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McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
The Botanical Gardens portion of the McConnell Arboretum Botanical Gardens is the newest addition to Turtle Bay Exploration Park. The Redding Arboretum, one of four organizations that merged to create Turtle Bay Exploration Park, along with its supporters, initially drove the development of a series of gardens. Turtle Bay inherited and embraced the plan to develop the site as seen today. Today the Gardens comprise 20 acres of mediterranean-climate display gardens, a children’s garden, a medicinal garden, and two beautiful… More Information
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Redding, CA

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