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Upper Sacramento Ditch Trail, CA

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Distance One Way 9.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 750 feet
Elevation Gain 350 feet
Accumulated Gain 420 feet
Avg Time One Way 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 10.6
Interest Perennial Creek
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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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Sun  5:57am - 6:07pm
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Single Track to Shasta Dam
by lojones5

The Upper Sacramento Ditch trail is a nicely smooth and fairly level trail that extends about 9 miles from Walker Mine Rd Trailhead up to Shasta Dam. The trail is nicely isolated from the city so it remains relaxing and very quiet. There are several fantastic views of the Sacramento River, and near the Northern end of the trail there are great views of Shasta Dam with Mt. Shasta poking above in the background. At the North end of the trail you can take a break at a nice picnic area by the dam with awesome views of Shasta Lake. The picnic areas are well kept with gorgeous green grass year long.

The area around Shasta Dam is a government facility, be sure to stay on the main trail to avoid trespassing.

The Sacramento Ditch once brought water to early miners during the gold rush era. During the construction of Shasta Dam, a conveyor belt passed along this trail to supply gravel all the way from near the Turtle Bay/Sundial Bridge area up to the location of Shasta Dam. Look out for rounded stream cobbles as evidence of this conveyor belt.

The trail is popular for both hikers and bikers, it is a very smooth single track trail with little to no elevation change. There are plenty of benches along the way for resting, and for viewing scenic points along the trail. There is a large impressive looking acorn tree a couple miles from Walker Mine Rd. trailhead near the southern side of the trail that has a full picnic bench. Near the North end of the trail, there are three foot bridges where you may see some small waterfalls during the spring.

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Upper Sacramento Ditch Trail
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First ride on my first mountain bike! :y:

I had a blast and am so happy with the bike--I'm looking forward to biking on all the awesome mtb trails in the area. This was an easy one I've already done on my old bike, but already the real mountain bike has made a huge difference in my confidence off road. If anyone has any tips for new riders, please let me know!
Upper Sacramento Ditch Trail
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Recovering from a cold that kept me home last weekend, I'm feeling much better now and was ready for a good trail ride. This is a nice and mild trail that connects up to Shasta Dam. The feeling when I first glimpse the massive dam is awesome, and the grassy areas around the dam with nice benches and picnic tables have beautiful views of Shasta Lake.

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Paved - Car Okay

To hike
From Redding, take Lake Blvd. north towards Shasta Dam. Turn West onto Walker Mine Rd., just in front of a Shell station. Continue on Walker Mine Rd. for about 3 miles before reaching the trailhead. The road is paved until it turns to dirt at the trailhead.
page created by lojones5 on Dec 10 2017 12:28 pm
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