Rocky trails and mostly dry terrain should not deter those seeking some beautiful scenery and sweeping multi-colored views. For those who need a break from the pure desert trails so common in the west, the Chappie-Shasta OHV Area offers several creek crossings, shade trees, yellow wildflowers, and even lake views over 250 miles of trails.  

These trails are made up of some hard packed dirt, loose dirt, sand, and even muddy areas. You will encounter dust and rocks, but the steep hills, small jumps, and water crossings make it worth any challenges along the way.

Located under the Shasta dam, this system of trails has tall evergreens alternating with desert-like brush and then again with lush green areas running alongside a peaceful river. For taking a break from riding, you can swim, fish, and rest by the nice clean facilities.

If your vehicle can manage the drive to the alternate staging area, involving some rather large rocks, creek crossings, and washouts, you may find it worthwhile to start your riding from there. But for those who have less rugged vehicles, it is best to use the main staging area for this park.

To get there from Redding, California, travel north on I-5 to the Shasta City Exit. Pass through the light and then bear right. You’ll pass one stop sign before you cross the dam to the main staging area. Just make sure your vehicles are equipped with spark arrestors before you go.