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This site used to have all the trail info in the world: www.geocities.com/mtbikewhiskeytown but it looks like it has changed.

I'm trying to plan a weekend of riding there (Sat and Sunday) and was wondering if anyone has any trail recommendations and what way to do them (Example - I rather climb fireroads and descent some nice singletrack :thumbsup: )

I've been told Clikapudi is not that technical, but super fun. How about Applegate?

Any info would be appreciated!

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The guy who made that website now sells a guidebook (so he removed the trail info). However, about half of the trails were caught by the "wayback machine" so you can still see some of it. You can also meet up with the Redding Mountain Bike club on saturday mornings. They meet at 7:45 at Sunset Market (right off 299 on the western edge of town). This Saturday they're doing the Chimney...

http://web.archive.org/web/20040415051331/www.geocities.com/mtbikewhiskeytown/pages/whiskeytown.htm

Your description of climbing fire road and decending singletrack makes me think of 3 trails in particular:

Recliner (my personal fav)-- Intermediate with ~2 miles of fireroad climb + ~.5-1 mile of wide singletrack climbing.

Chimney -- Intermediate with ~1.5 miles of wide singletrack climbing (if you start from the trailhead rather than at the brandy creek parking lot). If you start from brandy creek you have another ~1.5 miles of fireroad climbing but can ride back down the singletrack brandy creek trail (aka icebox).

Couch -- Advanced Intermediate fireroad climb (that gets steeper/looser toward the end) followed by adventuresome singletrack. Personally, I havent done it in years as it requires a pretty fit rider...

I also would have to throw in the oak bottom/tower grave trail into the recommended rides. It's mostly flat singletrack with a short challenging switchback climb. On that webpage I listed, it is a combination of the Oak Bottom trail and the "el dorado mine." I've never imagined doing one without the other, they're individually too short (combined they're ~13 easy miles).

As far as clickapudi, that trail is in the Shasta Lake area. I'd say its for advanced beginner riders (or better). There is very little climbing -- its mostly smooth rolling singletrack. However, there is ~1-2 mile section backside that's fairly rocky/bumpy (not really "technical" though). If you are an advanced beginner you'd do fine, but it wouldn't be the my first choice to take someone on their first off-pavement ride...

You also might try the Weaverville Basin trail system (~30 miles west of wiskeytown). If you choose to do the "12 hours of Weaverville" trail, you'll do a steep fireroad climb of ~2 miles followed by 8 mostly flat or downhill singletrack miles.
 

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ThePunisher said:
This site used to have all the trail info in the world: www.geocities.com/mtbikewhiskeytown but it looks like it has changed.

I'm trying to plan a weekend of riding there (Sat and Sunday) and was wondering if anyone has any trail recommendations and what way to do them (Example - I rather climb fireroads and descent some nice singletrack :thumbsup: )

I've been told Clikapudi is not that technical, but super fun. How about Applegate?

Any info would be appreciated!

Cheers!
If you need info on whiskeytown trails go to the Chain Gang Bike shop (if you are going west out of redding on 299 they are just underneath a bridge when you come out of downtown). They are really cool and will point you in the right direction.

The Redding Bike club are a great group of people. Ive ridden with them several times and its always a blast. I just rode the Recliner this past saturday with them and it was a blast. You should try to make their group ride on saturday. Bob Boecking is there president, you cant miss him...drives a giant black excursion. If you have any questions you can go on there website (www.reddingmountainbiking.com) and email Bob.

You should also try out wearverville basin trail as the other guy mentioned. Lots of really good single track. You can pick up a free map at the ranger station in weaverville. My favorite route is to climb weaver bally rd. ---> E. weaver LaGrange rd ---> Day ranch trail --->Howie ditch trail. Fun fast single track once you get off the service roads. Just watch out for the water breaks they have built in the trail. Trail system is very well marked so its really easy to navigate.

Hope this all helps.
Happy Ride'n
 
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