The Escalator Trail and Meiner's Loop on Swasey Drive in Redding, California offer plenty of varied terrains, steep climbs, rocky descents, and pawesome views of Lassen Peak to the east and Shasta Bally to the west. The total length of the trip is a bit less than eight miles.
The first section meanders along the dirt trail through meadows full of flowers, manzanita trees, and giant oaks. Olney Creek follows you throughout the first half mile of the trail, and then you and your fur buddy will continue forward onto Escalator Trail, which has a sign for your convenience.
You and your furbaby can take a break here and cool off a bit in the water. You can then begin climbing the Escalator Trail toward Mule Mountain Pass through some switchbacks for about two miles. Once you reach a clearing with picnic tables, you will be at the two-mile mark where you and your little buddy can sit down and have some lunch or a snack. Here you can see Shasta Bally for the first time.
Descending from here, you will reach Mule Mountain Pass where the trail will drop into Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, or you can take the rocky and steep Terminator Trail if you are up to it. Around the four-mile mark, other sections of the Olney Creek will appear, and you can take another water play break with your pooch. If you brought a pole and have a fishing license, you can even try your luck at catching some dinner. There's several varieties of fish in the creek, such as bluegill, sunfish, and crappie.
When you and your furbaby are done cooling off, head back to the trail where you will make a left at the four-way intersection and follow Meiners Loop back to the trailhead. On the way back, you will probably see some nice views of Lassen Peak and Shasta Bally, as well as meadows and grasslands full of colorful wildflowers. Get some good selfies with Fido for your scrapbook and keep the camera handy in case you see some wildlife along the way back.