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Sacramento River Trail

The lower half of the Sacramento River National Recreation Trail

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 6.8 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly

Overview :  A nice loop from Turtle Bay to the Ribbon Bridge and back.

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Points of Interest

The Sundial Bridge in Redding is one of only two bridges in the United States designed by world-renowned architect Santiago Calatrava. It is a cantilever spar cable-stayed pedestrian bridge that spans the Sacramento River and forms the world's largest sundial. The 217 foot pylon of the bridge points due north at a cantilevered angle, allowing it... More

2. Ribbon Bridge

This 13-foot-wide 420-foot-long concrete stress-ribbon bridge is unique to this continent. This bridge type has been used in Czechoslovakia, Switzerland, and Germany.

3. Diestelhorst Bridge

The bridge was first called Reid's Ferry Bridge because Reid's Ferry previously operated at the site. The bridge was built in 1915. It is 639 ft. long, 24.3 ft. wide, and has nine spans. It was named for the Gotlieb Diestelhorst family who owned the land and helped build the bridge. Was the first automobile bridge to cross the Sacramento River... More

4. Stanford Hills Estate

Access off the north side of the River Trail. A steep paved hill climbs to Stanford Hills Estates subdivision (0.6 miles).

5. Buenaventura Trail

Access at Buenaventura Blvd and Highway 299. Trail starts as a sidewalk, which turns to dirt at Sunflower Dr. Picturesque trail includes 10 bridges, canyon and creek views. Dirt trail ends on south side of River Trail and is .75 miles ones way (1 mile).

6. Palatine Trail

Access this trail from either the 1 miles marker on the south side of the River Trail or at the end of Palatine Court in the Sunset Terrace neighborhood. From the River Trail, path is a rugged, steep, short climb up to the railroad grade. Go left to a smooth dirt path that climbs up to a cul-de-sac (Palatine Court). (.3 miles)

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