Five Adventures to Jump Start Spring


Hello May! Thanks for bringing Spring, one of, if not the best time of year in Northern California. There are a handful of reasons spring is welcomed in our neck of the woods. Daylight begins to hang around longer, temperatures rise, and for a short time, the grass is actually green. For most of us, May adds a spring back into our step and draws us to the thing we love most about living here; the outdoors! Here are five activities to shake off the winter rust and make the most out of this beautiful time of year.

1. Explore Whiskeytown’s Waterfalls

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is a mere 7 miles from Redding and gives recreationalists a myriad of outdoor adventure opportunity. Spring is prime time for exploring Whiskeytown’s beautiful waterfalls. For the adventurous folk, hike to all four in a single day!

2. Mountain Bike the Swasey Recreation Trails

Just outside of Redding, the Swasey Recreation Area is a mountain bike mecca with miles of dirt trails. Many of the trails have been recently developed and majorly improved, creating a buzz among avid mountain bikers. The trails range from beginner to advanced in difficulty and additionally welcome walkers and horseback riders. Check out the Mayors Mountain Bike Challenge!

3. Hike Castle Crags

Castle Crags State Park showcases an intense and impressive landscape of massive monolithic crags. This place is truly-inspiring and holds countless opportunities for exploration and adventure. The “Dome Trail” remains the most popular of the 28 miles of hiking trails within the State Park. It offers breathtaking views of the Crags, Mount Shasta, and the rugged Trinity Alps Wilderness.

4. Climb at Lover’s Leap (North)

Not to be confused with the iconic Lover’s Leap of Tahoe, Lover’s Leap “North” is located in Siskiyou County north of Mount Shasta. The limestone crag is situated in the Scott Mountains and boasts intermediate to advanced Sport Climbing, along with spectacular views of the Scott Valley.

5. Backpack the Lost Coast Trail

The Lost Coast Trail is considered one of the best coastal backpacking trips in the United States. This section of the coast is rugged, dramatic and unreserved. No roads or houses fill this stretch of coastline, making it a perfect destination for an adventurous hiker. The hike is a 25 mile trail skirting along the King Range National Conservation Area.