Most people come to Redding, CA for one reason: Skiing. Mt. Shasta Ski Park, one of the most coveted ski destinations in Northern California, is just a thirty-minute drive from downtown Redding. Of course, who wouldn’t want to ski while here? Just east of Interstate 5, the ski area lies around 6 miles south of the volcano’s summit. With a total skiable vertical of 1,390 feet and 425 acres of skiable land, this is a great place to spend a winter day. However, our little town has much more to offer. Our favorite? Mountain biking.

 

We started this project in conjunction with some other folks in Redding tourism. Sure, this is a great destination in the winter, but Redding is a great destination in every season. Surrounded by mountains, miles of hiking, a roaring river, and access to several national parks, Redding has established itself as a four-season town. Though we are interested in the abundance of mountain biking opportunities, our city is full of museums, public art pieces, world-class architecture, and music venues. With something to offer for every visitor and resident, Redding is a wonderful destination in every season.

 

Thus, this site serves several purposes. Primarily, we want mountain biking enthusiasts (both locals and tourists) to use our trail reviews to plan trips. Additionally, we will host a database of nearby bike shops should you want to replace parts, shop locally, or meet other mountain bikers. You may come to Redding for the skiing, but we hope you stay for the biking.

 

 

Mayor Brent Weaver is hoping to reclaim Redding as a must-see mountain bike destination. In highlighting some of the area’s trails, he and the city hope to see a surge in cycling enthusiasm.

 

Redding’s cycling and mountain biking roots run deep. In 1981, the city hosted what is believed to be the world’s first organized mountain biking race—the Whiskeytown Downhill. With 36 miles of sinuous trails through the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, the race drew 76 races. Most came from California, but several travelled from out of state from places like Oregon, Washington, and Nevada.

 

By 1986, the race had grown in popularity. Organizers reported 503 racers at the start line. The spark had been lit—word was spreading throughout the cycling community of challenging descents, technical climbs, and scenic creek crossings. This race brought riders from California, but also from other American states. Some riders even travelled from Europe.

 

Though the Whiskeytown Downhill has been replaced with the Lemurian Shasta Classic, people still travel from around the world to ride these incredible trails. To celebrate the city’s cycling history, the mayor has introduced the Mayor’s Mountain Bike Challenge. This challenge features 14 trails in the area—five beginner, five intermediate, and four expert trails.

 

For years, cyclists from California and the western United States have been travelling to Redding for unparalleled riding. In posing this challenge, the city hopes that riders from the Pacific Northwest—who may be waiting for their local trails to thaw after the winter—will visit and ride in the Redding area.

 

Want to know what mountain biking looks like in Redding, CA?