Bicycle tour or Nature Walk

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Location: Burney Trailhead
Address: Intersection Highway 299 & Black Ranch Road
City, State, Zip: Burney, California 96013
Detailed Directions to Event Location: From Redding: Drive Highway 299 East to Burney, approximately 58 miles. Drive through Burney about two miles to Black Ranch Road. The former Depot is the last building on the left. Turn onto Black Ranch Road. In a few hundred feet turn right into the parking lot near the PG&E transmission facility. From the south or north on Highway 89, turn onto Highway 299 at the four-way intersection. Burney is about five miles west of the intersection. Turn onto Black Ranch Road and follow above directions.
Date(s): Jun 4th 2016 - Jun 4th 2016
Times(s): 09:00:00 am - 11:00:00 am
Hosting Individual or Organization: Great Shasta Rail Trail Association
Project Description:

Great Shasta Rail Trail, California's newest off-road trail for non-motorized use, hosts its first National Trails Day events. Official opening was September 2015.

Burney is the trail's southern terminus; McCloud the northern terminus.

Four boys jumped off the bridge over Lake Britton during the opening scene of the 1986 movie "Stand By Me." Well, they pretended to jump off the bridge as the fast train blew its caution whistle and the boys were trapped on the bridge - it's only a movie.

The day's events are real, however. Leaving the trail head, participants enter into an open forest environment. Vehicles a distant sound; civilization, infrequent. A shuttered biomass plant is a living example of changing power generation sources. Atop a nearby mountain are 43 wind turbines hidden from the trail by trees and additional mountains.

The Nature Walk is a scenic exploration of the trail's flora and fauna near the ground and surrounding tall trees. While never far from civilization, the visitor will feel urban life is miles away. Tour leaders are a retired forest service employee and a nature educator. Both are avid gardeners.

The bicycle ride is nearly 10 miles to the famous bridge. Except for crossing Highway 89, riders are surrounded by open forest. Tour leader is an avid trail cyclist who enjoys sharing his experiences. He is featured in the trail's website video.

Carry snacks and water. Consider all weather gear because mountain temperatures are 10 to 15 degrees cooler than Redding. After the tours, see the world renown 129-foot Burney Falls at nearby McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park. A day with Mother Nature!

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Contact Phone: 530-925-6362
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Trail Name: Great Shasta Rail Trail
Activity 1: Bike Ride
Activity 1 Estimated Trail Mileage to Travel or Maintain: 15.0-19.9
Activity 1 Start Time: 09:00 AM
Activity 1 RSVP Required: No
Activity 1 Special Instructions: Mountain Bike tires required for loose cinders.
Activity 2: Hike
Activity 2 Estimated Trail Mileage to Travel or Maintain: 1.0-1.9
Activity 2 Start Time: 09:00 AM
Activity 2 RSVP Required: No
Activity 2 Special Instructions: Wear good walking shoes for loose cinders.