Mule Mountain Pass is a pawsome trail that explores the beautiful Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. If your four legged friend is in the mood for hitting the trails, this is a pawfect option. With its thick forests, rocky crags, and open meadows, it will not disappoint.
The eastern trailhead can be found just off Swasey Drive.
Follow the road across the street from the Straight Arrow Archery Club for less
than half a mile until you see a post marking the trailhead. On the western
end, the trail begins at the Mule Mountain Pass/ Salt Creek trailhead. If your
pup isn’t up for a six mile out and back hike, park a vehicle at the western
trailhead or arrange for a pick up.
From the eastern trailhead, you and your pooch will hike
up and over the Shasta Divide passing through stunning natural landscape. Be
prepared for puptacular views of Mt. Lassen, Redding, and Shasta County.
Wandering creeks and wildflowers make this trail even more delightful. Keep an
eye out for stone walls and mining prospects that are left over from the Gold
Rush Era. Once you make it to the top of the pass, paws for a minute and let
your doggo catch their breath. From here, it is all downhill. It’s not uncommon
to see mountain bikers on this trail, so keep your pup close and yield as
appropriate. You may also come across equestrians.
Please note that there are no restrooms or drinking water
available at the trailhead, so be sure to pack enough H2O to keep you and your
furry friend well hydrated. A couple of trail snacks wouldn’t hurt either, and a pup biscuit or two. Don’t
forget to also bring clean up bags. Your doggo will absolutely go mutts over