Singletrack in the City
With backcountry trails in your backyard, this system offers easy and instant access to fulfill your singletrack needs. Multiple trailheads scattered throughout the west side of town give you access to enough trails in the system for a stand-alone afternoon ride, or to use them as a springboard for an epic journey. Whether you are climbing to the top of the world or exploring historic ditches along seasonal creeks, these rugged pieces of single track are fun for everybody. Showcasing stunning views and diverse terrain makes for a hiking or biking experience you won’t want to miss.
Flow to the Top
Climbing from the Mary Lake subdivision, this flowy trail network ascends 700 feet to the top of the world. From this vantage point, you can take in 360 degree views of Mt. Shasta, Lassen Peak, the Trinity Alps, and Redding. With over 7 miles of trails and different connectors, it is easy to see why the West Side trails are a popular destination for locals and visitors alike. Whether you want to spend the day here or get in a quick ride in before dinner, the accessibility is unmatched.
Rocky Cliffs and Pure Bliss
The 4 miles along the Salt Creek trail are comprised of historic mining trails cut through pure rock cliffs. Although this trail offers great connections from the Westside trails to others, its unique scenery makes it a destination of its own. The southern portion of this trail is great for intermediate users while the northern portion is more geared towards advanced riders, due to its cliff exposure. With its proximity to Salt Creek when water levels are high, you may see spawning steelhead and salmon, or even a river otter.
Fire Station Ride
Named after the Cal Fire Station near the eastern trailhead, Trail 58 is a 1.5-mile long trail that follows a large portion of a historic mining ditch. Enjoy the views of the untamed country along Middle Creek, which is just a few miles from Redding. The west side of the trail takes you through a rocky gorge – and if you hit it during the wet season, you will stumble upon a stunning view of a waterfall.
No Ketchup Needed
This salty trail’s namesake is a nod to a fast food’s natural cut fries lawn sign, which was staked in the ground at the original trailhead. Like the potato skin that is left on the natural cut fry, The French Fry trail definitely delivers flavor. A combination of newly constructed and re-opened historic mining trails, the French Fry offers a good mix of terrain along its 5-mile stretch. The southern portion consists of a mellow climb and descent, offering great views of Redding and the Sacramento River. Meanwhile, the northern section delivers technical terrain along Rock Creek.