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Sacramento Rail Trail

Shasta Dam to the Ribbon Bridge
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Difficulty: Easy
Length: 11.8 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  This BLM trail runs along the west side of Keswick Reservoir following the historic rail alignment. It has a paved surface and... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Shasta Dam

Shasta Dam--a concrete gravity arch dam--is the second largest dam, in mass, in the United States. The structure is a continuous pour concrete project and was one of the great engineering feats of the world when it was finished in 1945. The dam is 602 feet high, 3,460 feet long, and 543 feet wide at the base. The four rivers that feed the... More

2. Keswick Dam

Keswick Dam and reservoir are features of the Central Valley Project - Shasta/Tinity River Divisions. The dam creates a 23,800-acre-foot afterbay for Shasta Lake. Keswick Dam has migratory fish-trapping facilities in conjunction with the Coleman Fish Hatchery, 25 miles downstream on Battle Creek. The salmon and steelhead are trapped as they reach ... More

3. Shasta Dam Parking Lot

4. Roller Coaster

However, some of railroad bed was swallowed by Keswick Reservoir. So…expect some hills, dips and curves in the constructed southern section of the trail (dubbed “The Roller Coaster” by local users)