MODERATE DAY HIKE
8.9 miles 750' elevation gain
Nov 2020: Jelly Ferry Bridge has re-opened after being closed for two years
The Sacramento River Bend Area is former ranch land now managed by the US Bureau of Land Management. On our public's behalf, BLM is removing fences and converting old 4WD routes to trails.
It may be the best winter-time hiking area in the North State.
This hike follows the river, climbs gently up bluffs, and drops into creekside valleys. Fine views, on clear days, of Lassen Peak and Mount Shasta.
The ford of Inks Creek is probably impassable for a couple days after major storms. It is usually easy a week after storms. In between use your judgment and do not underestimate the power of flowing water. There is no automated gauge of the flow of Inks Creek.
Inks Cr Ford Jan 3, 2016
Separately, the Sacramento River backs up and floods the trail at Inks Creek Ford at River Stage 9.0-feet. Camp Gulch floods from river backup at 9.0-ft. Check this automated river gauge for current reading: Sacramento River at Bend Bridge
About May 1st the grasses go to seed (stickers in your socks), and in that season are a lot of flies and mosquitos near the creeks and river.
This hike is
in Sacramento River Bend Area; owned by the public, managed by
Redding Field Office of Bureau of Land Management.
Backpacking welcomed; campfires welcomed except during wildfire