Northern California Northern California

FAR Northern Cali Paved Trail?

Old 04-22-15, 09:43 AM
  #1  
BrockLee
Banned.
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 155
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
FAR Northern Cali Paved Trail?

Living about 2 hours from the Oregon border, it cracks me up how we all consider San Francisco to be Northern California. Sure, it's slightly to the North if you cut the state in half in the middle. But I say it's more like Central California. Anyway...

Anyone on this forum from Far Northern California? Shasta County? Siskiyou? Modoc? Etc?

Where's a good paved trail that's relatively flat where I can safely take my son, who has autism, riding?

:-)
BrockLee is offline  
Old 04-22-15, 06:10 PM
  #2  
blt
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 293
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 15 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by BrockLee View Post
Living about 2 hours from the Oregon border, it cracks me up how we all consider San Francisco to be Northern California. Sure, it's slightly to the North if you cut the state in half in the middle. But I say it's more like Central California. Anyway...

Anyone on this forum from Far Northern California? Shasta County? Siskiyou? Modoc? Etc?

Where's a good paved trail that's relatively flat where I can safely take my son, who has autism, riding?

:-)
I'm not a person from far Northern California, but I play one on TV.

OK, not really, but I do an annual ride with a friend from Turtle Bay in Redding to Shasta Dam, mostly on paved trail.

If you want the flattest, least crowded part of that ride, do the portion that is the true Sacramento River Trail Trail. From Turtle Bay to the base of the Keswick Dam is Redding's Sacramento River Trail, it has a few gentle grades but especially closer to Turtle Bay has a lot of peds and on the north side some curvy spots.

Technically, the rail trail starts at the base of Keswick Dam, but the first 2.7 miles is crazy, with some really steep stuff, curvy, reverse cambered, you don't want that.

If you go the end of Rock Creek Road at Iron Mountain and start from there, it is a very nice flat trail, with occasional very gentle grade (although overall slightly uphill due to going up river), following the river up to the base of the dam, where there is a campground and a noisy off road vehicle recreation area. One old railroad tunnel to go through maybe 3 miles from the end. Not all that crowded, very few peds, mostly some bikes.

Last edited by blt; 04-23-15 at 09:48 AM. Reason: Wrote south when meant north
blt is offline  
Old 04-22-15, 08:13 PM
  #3  
Alleycatdad
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: I live on a freaking Volcano....
Posts: 34
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
We like the river trail in Redding, too; we try to go early or esp on weekdays to moderate the traffic. Your kid will likely enjoy the turtle bay museum as well. We generally start either at the dog park on the east end or at turtle bay itself and ride a loop or two, turning around at the keswick dam to avoid the stuff described above. There's one hill on the north side of the river that gets somewhat steep but it's short so can be easily walked if you need to. Lots of benches and scenic places to stop.

SA
Alleycatdad is offline  
Old 04-22-15, 10:48 PM
  #4  
bikingshearer 
Crawlin' up, flyin' down
 
bikingshearer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Democratic Peoples' Republic of Berkeley
Posts: 3,781

Bikes: 1967 Paramount, 1982-ish Ron Cooper,1978 Eisentraut "A," mid-1960s Cinelli Speciale Corsa, 1961 Bianchi Competizione (an Eroica bike), 1994 Trek 520, 199? Burley Bossa Nova, early-1970s Cinelli Speciale Corsa (also an Eroica bike)

Mentioned: 12 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 176 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 6 Times in 5 Posts
If Fort Bragg is far enough north, there is a multi-use path known as the Haul Road at MacKericher State Park that starts just north of town and goes into the park. It runs more or less along the shore, so it is dead flat. The on-line brochure says that 2.7 miles of it have been removed for habitat restoration, so I have no clue how much of it is left. Here is the link to the brochure.

http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/436/fi...Layout2014.pdf

I suggest calling the park itself to get more info. 707-937-5804. I haven't been there in literally decades, but it is a beautiful place (that cannot have changed) and there are seal-watching opportunities and other wildlife type stuff.

I hope this helps.
__________________
"I'm in shape -- round is a shape." Andy Rooney
bikingshearer is offline  
Old 04-22-15, 11:27 PM
  #5  
B. Carfree
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Eugene, Oregon
Posts: 7,048
Mentioned: 9 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 494 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Measuring distance in units of time? Referring to California with the name of a Columbian city? Are you sure you're in Norcal and not Socal? The next thing you know, you'll pluralize Sierra.

Anyhoo, there's some bike paths in the Tahoe area. Lake Tahoe Paved Bike Paths | Lake Tahoe Vacation Guide

There's also a few little things over in Chico. Chico Durham Bike Path | California Trails | TrailLink.com
B. Carfree is offline  
Old 04-27-15, 10:26 PM
  #6  
BrockLee
Banned.
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 155
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanks. I'm familiar with this one. My wife and I did the entire trail from Deistelhorst Bridge to the top of Shasta Dam about 30 days ago. It was tough, but rewarding. The inclines seem to hit at all the wrong times, but we felt like we achieved something after that ride. It was a difficult 35 miles. Descending back down the road from Shasta Dam was exhilarating.
Originally Posted by blt View Post
Redding's Sacramento River Trail... Technically, the rail trail starts at the base of Keswick Dam, but the first 2.7 miles is crazy, with some really steep stuff, curvy, reverse cambered, you don't want that.
BrockLee is offline  
Old 04-27-15, 11:19 PM
  #7  
gpelpel
Senior Member
 
gpelpel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Grass Valley, CA
Posts: 2,544

Bikes: Time RXRS, Specialized Stumpjumper FSR

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Russian Gulch State Park, north of Mendocino, has a 2 mile in, 2 mile out trail that is a mix of pavement and dirt. Not very long, but flat and very safe if you son is young. It's also quite beautiful under the redwoods and ends at a water fall.
gpelpel is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
RMoudatir
Singlespeed & Fixed Gear
10
12-11-16 04:46 PM
rydabent
General Cycling Discussion
23
02-12-16 10:20 PM
Csdhlhcky
Texas
14
07-30-15 11:03 AM
BikeManDan
Commuting
21
05-17-07 02:49 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.