Trails and the American Spirit: 2000 and Beyond

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Trails, parks, and the great outdoors in the Redding vicinity.

The 15th National Trails Symposium will be held September 21-24, 2000 in Redding, California.

View a map of the Redding vicinity showing parks, lakes, and towns

The City of Redding is the gateway to one of America's most beautiful regions, the Shasta Cascade, covering an area roughly the size of Ohio. Unspoiled, breathtaking vistas enthrall visitors with towering mountains, volcanoes, glaciers, waterfalls, white water rivers, lakes and lush forests. All this and thousands of miles of trails for every interest.

Here's more about the many trails, parks, and resources, and outdoor activities available nearby:

California State Parks: The excitement of the Shasta Cascade area includes sleeping volcanoes and an old Chinese temple, ancient lava flows and the ruins of a Gold Rush town. Historic adobes and huge mansions bring home the stories of some of California's great pioneers. Here, cold-water springs vie for attention with 4,000-foot granite spires, and a rich variety of wildlife abounds.

Castle Crags State Park is off I-5 some 48 miles north of Redding .See the photo and trail description for Castle Crags and Indian Springs Trail.

McArthur Burney Falls Memorial State Park is Off Highway 89, southeast of Mount Shasta and east of Redding. See the photo and trail description for Burney Falls and Lake Britton Trail.

The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail passes near Redding on its 2,650 mile span from Mexico to Canada. The trail is accessible at both Castle Crags State Park and McArthur Burney Falls State Park, as well as Mt. Lassen Volcanic National Park and numerous location between.

The Bureau of Land Management's Redding Field Office has information on Watchable Wildlife, Camping, BLM California, Home page, Fishing, Hunting, Off-Highway Vehicle Riding, River Recreation, Rockhounding/ Gold, Panning, Trails, Hiking/backpacking, Horseback riding, and Mountain biking:

The Bizz Johnson Trail is in northeastern California, along the old Fernley and Lassen Branch Line of the Southern Pacific railroad, the trail winds 25.4 miles from Susanville to Mason Station. For the first 16 miles, the trail winds through the rugged Susan River Canyon, crossing the river 12 times on bridges and trestles and passes through two tunnels:

Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area is 8 miles west of Redding on Hwy 299 West. Shasta & Trinity units are administered by the US Forest Service. The Whiskeytown Unit, with its mountainous back country offers many summer activities as well as the historical remains of buildings built during the California Gold Rush of 1849. Whiskeytown Lake (see photo) covers 3200 acres with 36 miles of shoreline. The most prominent landmark, the Shasta Bally (elev. 6,209 feet), may be reached on foot and by 4-wheel drive vehicle. Picnicking, hiking, hunting, interpretive programs, and horseback riding are also popular within the Whiskeytown Unit.

Photo of Shasta Lake and dam

For a photo of a mountain lake in the nearby Trinity Alps.

-- Shasta Lake

Mt. Lassen Volcanic National Park is an interesting geologic, scenic, and historic park. See a very informative "unofficial site" or the "official" National Park Service site.

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