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Kanaka Peak Trail, CA

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,523 feet
Elevation Gain 1,100 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,600 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 15
Interest Seasonal Creek & Peak
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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7  2016-09-18
Kanaka Peak Hike
Author lojones5
author avatar Guides 22
Routes 153
Photos 470
Trips 94 map ( 470 miles )
Age 26 Male Gender
Location Redding, CA
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Preferred   Apr, Mar, Oct, Nov → 8 AM
Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  5:51am - 6:19pm
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A Refreshing Challenge
by lojones5

This hike is a nice uphill trek with the trail starting at Kanaka Peak Trailhead. It is a nice dirt trail that has been upgraded in 2011 to make it much more friendly to hikers and bikers alike. Most of the hike is much of the same scenery, but the trail offers a panoramic view at the top that is spectacular with scenes of Lassen Peak, the city of Redding, the small towns of Igo and Ono, the Trinity Alps, Mount Shasta, and Whiskeytown Lake.

If you decide to hike from Peltier Bridge Campground, you will add an extra mile each way and an extra 500ft of elevation gain; the reason for leaving from Peltier Bridge Campground is that the road to the trail is only recommended for 4WD and high clearance vehicles. I hiked this extra bit, and found that the road is not bad actually and I could have driven all the way to the trailhead.

Much of the Kanaka Peak Loop Trail has been closed since 2008, when a bulldozer used part of the trail as the base of a fire line during that summer's swarm of fires in and near Whiskeytown.

The closure gave the old sections of trail three winters to grow vegetation while Whiskeytown plotted a new route up the peak. The summer of 2011, Whiskeytown and the Student Conservation Association--which provides summer trail building jobs for high school and college students--put $70,000 worth of work into the trail.

The six-mile loop trail was one of the steepest and most challenging in Whiskeytown, but recreation area and Student Conservation Association workers changed that. The revamped trail has slopes of 5 percent to 10 percent, in contrast to the 35 percent to 40 percent grades of the old trail.

The trail is mostly dirt, and also lends itself well to mountain bikers. There is a fair amount of shade throughout the hike, but I would not recommend this hike during the summer heat. The trail is easygoing with a constant slope up to the peak. There is a VERY nice shaded bench at the peak offering a view of Whiskeytown Lake.

Water Sources
There is a creek by the trailhead.

Camping is available at Peltier Bridge Campground, 1 mile from the trailhead.

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2016-09-18 lojones5
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Kanaka Peak Trail
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    Kanaka Peak Hike
    It was a nice challenging hike for me, that offered a great view at the peak of Whiskeytown Lake and the surrounding area. There was an awesome shaded bench at the peak that I ate lunch at. It was a hot hike, and I would not recommend hiking it while it is so sunny and warm still. It'd make for a great hike in maybe October or November.

    Some of the leaves on the trees were changing yellow, and others were red. It was nice to see, but most of the trees were still green. Unfortunately I added an extra mile each way and 500ft elevation by parking 1 mile from the trailhead since the guide stated the road was only for 4x4 vehicles. In reality, I could have easily driven up to the trailhead so I had to hike back an extra mile in the hot sun since there weren't many trees offering shade on the road.

    All in all, it was a great hike to start getting back in shape for longer hikes. I enjoyed the elevation, and am ready for a lazy rest of the day.

    A few yellow leaved trees, many yellow and red leaves on the ground

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    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    Take Highway 299 west of Redding to Kennedy Memorial Drive and turn left. Continue onto Paige Bar Road (do not cross Whiskeytown Dam) and turn right on Peltier Valley Road. Follow the road and park at Peltier Bridge Primitive Campground. If you have a four-wheel-drive or high-clearance vehicle, drive another mile on Peltier Valley Road to the Kanaka Peak trailhead.
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