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“Walk the River Trail and You'll Experience Redding” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sacramento River Trail

Sacramento River Trail
Hilltop Drive and River Bend Road, Redding, CA
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Ranked #1 of 12 Activities in Redding
Type: Biking Trails, Trails, Sports
Activities: Hiking, Biking
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Owner description: Designated as a National Recreation Trail by the U.S. National Park Service, this scenic trail offers hiking, biking and horseback riding within the boundaries of a lively city.
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“Walk the River Trail and You'll Experience Redding”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

Is Redding podunk or is it modern? Well, it is a little bit of one and a lot of the other. But for that reason, one should come to Redding which is a part of California that offers so many activities like fishing, hunting and trapping in the outer parts of it. However if you are not a murderer of wildlife, one experiences the natural beauty of this area; the Lakes, Rivers, Mountains, prairies, high deserts, unlimited hiking trails and yes, the wildlife. The River Trail took years to develop and in days gone by it was not the prettiest or the safest walk in Redding. But as modernization took hold of this small town of about 95 thousand folks. the trails got cleaned up where most of it is now paved, there are benches along the way for respite and to absorb the wildness of it; the plant life as well as the animal life and truly, it is a wonderful, healthy way to see the fish jumping out of the Sacramento River to catch a fly of some kind, birds of prey flying around that include red tail hawks, peregrine falcons, ospreys as well as bald eagles, and all the furry critters that scurry around from tree to hill hill to tree. Fascinating! Now, the trail not only winds along the river but it brings you to the "new" and prominent Sundial Bridge designed by Calatrava, world famous architect. There you can relax in the many gardens spaces available and just slowly walk on the bridge, which has a glass bottom and at night lights up too. If you want to come see an unspoiled part of California before it too disappears and homogenizes as ALL towns have, then take some time to visit the northernmost "city" in California and the surrounding areas. I believe you will be glad you did. Aho Mitakuye Oyasin.

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“Picnic along river”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

Lunch along the river is always nice and relaxing. Watch the wildlife, fly fishing, boater along with a view of the Sundial Bridge.

Visited March 2013
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Redding, California
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“Great Place to Relax”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

Walking the trail is a Great place to relax and view the River. Do NOT miss the Turtles in the small pond. Take the Kids, it is good exercise and great fun for all. Go see the Bridge at the same time.
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Visited January 2013
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“Great bike trail for every season, but a hot summer day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

16+ mile trip (one way) from the beautiful Sundial bridge up to the base of Shasta Dam. Trail is well paved, and some parts are challenging, especially uphill from Keswick Dam. This part is quite steep and is over 1/2 a mile. Other than this section the rest of trail is easy. During the summer, this trail can get quite hot, especially in the canyon parts (heat radiating off the rock walls). Redding can get well over 100 F, so bring plenty of water, as there is no water for the last 12 miles of trail going to Shasta Dam. Lots of great views of distant Mt Lassen.

Visited February 2013
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“great”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

awsome view. nice walk. goes on for miles n miles...definitly a have to go see. be prepared. only one drink machine on way. nice shadey area but summertime still gets hot...

Visited February 2013
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