Mule Mountain Pass Trail

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Trail Distance: 3 miles
Time Estimate: 1 hr 40 min+
Elevation Gain: 700 feet
Leash Rule: Unknown
Difficulty: Moderate
Parking: Unknown
Route Type: Point-to-point
Restroom: No
Description

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 this trail!

Trail Features
Forest, Mountains, Steep Inclines
Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Poison Oak can be found on this hike, especially on the eastern end. Stay on the trail to avoid making contact with this nasty weed.
Address
Swasey Dr and Delano Dr
Redding, CA 96001
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Swasey Dr and Delano Dr
Redding, CA 96001
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
Wed Open 24 Hours
Thu Open 24 Hours
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Sun Open 24 Hours