Redding, a community of less than 100,000, is surrounded by a developed network of paved and dirt trails. The Sacramento River runs through the middle of Redding in primarily a north to south direction. A paved trail from Shasta Dam to downtown Redding provides excellent commuting possibilities. There are many unpaved trails intersecting the Sacramento River Trail, as well as developed trails on nearly every side of town, giving residents many choices within a few minutes of their doorstep.
The Flanagan/Chamise Peak Trail is only 6 miles north of Redding, has smooth unpaved tread with a gentle climb perfect for running, beginner mountain bike riders as well as hikers. It is one of the many trails in the area designated for multi-use including equestrians. Elevation begins about 1,000′ and tops out at about 1,600′ in the 2.5 miles it takes to reach the summit.
(1) There is a picnic table at the top with a view of the three Shasta’s, a perfect place to enjoy a lovely lunch, dinner or full moon.
(2) See my Trail Links page for additional information.