Beginner Off-Road Trails Near Shasta Lake

Dill Scenic Trail

The Dill Scenic Trail is an out and back at Shasta National Forest in California. There are great views of Mount Shasta as well as the surrounding mountains. This trail is not difficult by any…
Total Miles
5
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Willow Lake Road 29N14

Willow Lake Road takes you to Willow Lake Campground where there are opportunities for fishing, hiking, hot springs, geysers and wildlife viewing. The road in is doable in any high clearance vehicle. When approaching the…
Total Miles
4.2
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Eel's Cliff

This route will take you from Upper Lake all the way to Eel River/Lake Pillsbury. It begins with great views of the valley, plenty of camping and resting spots in-between, and ends with your choice…
Total Miles
46.3
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Letts Lake

This trail is a little less than 4 miles and leads to Letts Lake and campground. As the only lake in the lower half of Mendocino NF, it is worth visiting. There are four campsites…
Total Miles
3.3
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Wagner & Siskiyou

This is a great run from Wagner Creek through parts of Siskiyou Pass to Maple Dell Gap. From Maple Dell Gap you can continue on to Squaw Lake or head north and reconnect with Siskiyou…
Total Miles
37
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Siskiyou Pass

This is segment one of the SW Oregon Overland Adventure Loop. This segment is an easy gravel road between the Mount Ashland Ski Resort and the historic McKee Covered Bridge. It passes by two fire…
Total Miles
31.7
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Bear Valley Road Trail

Easy dirt trail with connections to the Berryessa Snow Mountain Monument area Trails with wildflower sights in Spring and the main road to The Wilbur Hot Springs. Beautiful scenery of the Bear Valley in Lake…
Total Miles
13.9
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Fa / Wi

Bartlett Springs Road

Bartlett Springs Road begins southeast of Mendocino National Forest and boasts excellent views. This route passes through BLM land, and there are plenty of offshoots from the trail. There are also opportunities for camping, hiking,…
Total Miles
9.6
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Fa / Su / Sp / Wi

Long Way to Little Applegate River

This is a connection road between the back side of Talent, OR and the Rogue River/Siskiyou National Forests. The road leaves an area of homes and farms and climbs to about 4,200 feet before descending…
Total Miles
10.1
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Sherwood Road

This is a 43-mile long trek through dirt logging roads with some spectacular views of the northern California redwoods. It is a great way to start a trip up the Mendocino coastline and on your…
Total Miles
39.1
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Happy Valley Ridgeline

Mix of fire roads and old logging roads. The area has been scorched by fire recently. There are a lot of downed trees that cross the trail, be prepared with a chain saw or chain/rope.…
Total Miles
33.4
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Taylor Lake/Lucky S Mine/Kettle Rock Lookout Loop

The trail has smooth flowing sections, loose, rocky climbs, and hardpacked rocky roads with seasonal low water crossings. The road up to the lookout is steep with loose rock. Leading up to and past Taylor…
Total Miles
18.1
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Deer Lake, Gold Valley

Total Miles
37.9
Tech Rating
2 Moderate
Best Time
Su