Grizzly Trail Horseback Riding

The 62nd most popular equestrian trail in California.

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Near Weaverville in the Shasta Trinity National Forest, the Grizzly Trail is a 6 mile route open to horseback riding. One way to Grizzly Lake is to approach it from the north from China Creek. This seven-mile hike climbs 5,500 feet and is recommended for seasoned backpackers only. Most people camp below Grizzly Lake. From there, its another 1,000-foot climb up the lake itself.

To get to the China Creek Trailhead, take Highway 299 to Willow Creek, turn north on Highway 96, west on Highway 93, and south on South Fork Road. Continue to the China Creek Road for six miles to the trailhead.

Overall, Grizzly Trail is the 62nd most popular horse trail of all 81 horseback rides in California. Several of the better horse trails are nearby Grizzly Trail including Bizz Johnson Horse Trail, Clikapudi Trail, Trinity Alps Wilderness, Caribou Trail, Horse Shoe Trail and Papoose TrailSapphire Trail.


Local Contact(s):  Shasta Trinity National Forest (530) 623-2121; Shasta Tourism (800) 926-4865; Otter Bar Lodge Guides; The Fifth Season (916) 926-3606; MS Visitors (800) 926-4865.

Best Season:  May - Sep.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Wagon Creek Inn (530) 926-0838

Luxury Loding:  Otter Bar Lodge (hot tub) (530) 462-4772

Breakfast Restaurant:  Lily's, Willy's Bavarian Kitchen (outside deck)

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  41.0986, -123.0706

Date Published:  12/27/2015

Date Updated:  7/24/2016

ID:  14988


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