Matheson Trams

Total Miles


1,179.45 ft


3.75 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

This is a fantastic trail located in the Chappie OHV area. Expect beautiful views and a nice trail that can be done in a stock UTV, dirt bike, or 4-wheeler. Be sure to stop and look at Shasta Dam, Iron Mountain Mine, and the old hang glider ramp. Bring a lunch. Multiple places along the trail are wide enough for multiple UTVs, making for a very nice stop to break.

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Matheson Trams
Matheson Trams
Matheson Trams


The trail is rated a 5 but can be done with a stock UTV. There are loose rocks along the trail, which makes it harder for dirt bikes in some portions. For UTV riders, this will be a great way to build some experience driving. The views and sights along the way make this trail completely worthwhile.


This trail covers the old Matheson Tramway that used to carry iron pyrite from Hornet Mine to Matheson.

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Access Description

From Shasta Dam, go over the dam and wind down the paved road to the OHV staging area. The trail starts off with about 100 yards of pavement before turning into a gravel road.

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