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Chappie-Shasta OHV Area

Thursday, October 02, 2014
Alt Names Copley Mountain, Shasta OHV, Shasta Dam, Matheson, Shasta Offroad Park, Whiskeytown Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area, Shasta Trinity National Forest
Last Known Status Open
DESCRIPTION

The trails here could be described as dry and a bit rocky, but the scenery is really top notch. Nestled right under a large dam, this area offers a dozen creek crossings and some clean and new facilities.

There is an alternate staging area to the south (see directions) which works just fine for day use. You can reach the campground this way also, but there are three or four creek crossings, some nasty washouts, and some short sections of volleyball sized rocks. Pickups should have no problem and short travel trailers could probably make it, but it might take you all day. For big RVs or toy haulers the northern access route (dam crossing) is highly recommended.

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LOCATION
Nearest City Shasta City, CA
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From: Redding, CA
1) Take I-5 N to Shasta City Exit
2) Go straight through light
3) Bear right
4) Go straight through stop sign to Shasta Dam, cross the dam.

Matheson Access: I-5 to Redding, 299 West 2 miles to Iron Mtn Road, turn right, go north 6 miles, right on Matheson Road. "Copley Mountain" staging area is on the right (GPS coords: N40.39.536 122.28.136W). You can continue on Coran Road a few miles to get to the main camping/staging area under the dam. Note that this is a roughly graded road. 4x4s and 2x4s with high clearance are ok, but it is probably too rough for most RVs and travel trailers.
TYPE OF AREA
Area Trail
Land BLM, National Forest
QUALITY
Pros beautiful scenery, lots of creek crossings, places to swim and fish, nice facilities
Cons a little dry, a little rocky
Rating Rating    Very Good    
Recommended Stay 3-5 Days
TERRAIN
Square Miles 25
Miles Of Trail 250
Climate Type Forest
Elevation 600 to 5000 ft.
Trail Maintenance Marked, Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose Dirt This trail has some loose dirt.Some
Hard Pack The trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
Sand This trail has some sandy areas.Some
Mud The trail has little mud after it rains.Little
Dust The trail has some dust on typical days.Some
Rocks This trail has some rocks.Some
Trees The trail has almost all trees.All
Steep Hills This trail has many steep hills.Many
Water Crossings The trail has many water crossings.Many
Small Jumps This trail has few small jumps.Few
Large Jumps This trail has no large jumps.None
Berms The trail has few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel Pits This national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single Track This national forest has some single track trails.Some
Roads This national forest has some roads.Some
Intersections This trail has few intersections.Few
Rider Traffic The national forest has few rider traffic on typical days.Few
Shade This national forest has many shaded areas.Many
Ranges/Gunfire This national forest has no shooting ranges or gunfire.None
Hazards This trail has some hazards.Some (hazards not marked)
some very steep hills
Easy Terrain Novice This trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain Amateur This trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain Expert This trail has some expert terrain.Some
Comment trails are marked for difficulty
REGULATIONS
Permit Required Yes CA OHMVR stickers required
Dates Open Year-Round CA OHMVR red sticker vehicles permitted from 10/1 to 5/31
Spark Arrestor Yes A spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise Limit Yes (96 dB) CA OHMVR noise limits apply (1985/older limit 101 dB, 1986/newer limit 96 dB)
Whip Flags Not Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles Permitted CA OHMVR stickers required
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVs Permitted CA OHMVR stickers required
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXS Permitted CA OHMVR stickers required
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered) Permitted
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Some Areas CA OHMVR stickers required
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
Certain Times CA OHMVR restrictions apply
Helmets Required Yes helmets required by state law
Bicycles No Restriction
Hiking No Restriction
Horseback No Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking Camping Some Areas (camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires Some Areas (permitted in developed campsites only)
Night Riding Unknown Not Recommended
Cross Country Prohibited stay on designated trails
Alcohol No Restriction
Fireworks Prohibited
Firearms Prohibited
Emergency / Law Enforcement Few/Periodic Dedicated Rangers/Officers
Jeep/SUV Patrol
Insurance *Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that you have medical insurance and carry motorcycle insurance or ATV insurance before taking your vehicle to any of the locations depicted here.
FEES
Parking No ($0.00)
Entry No ($0.00)
Riding No ($0.00)
Camping Yes
Tent: $10.00
RV: $10.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
KEY SERVICES
First Aid First Aid 5-20 Miles (SW) Mercy Medical Center (530) 255-6000 (hospital)
Gasoline Gasoline 5-20 Miles (NE) 7-11 (530) 246-2291
Diesel Diesel 5-20 Miles (NE) 7-11 (530) 246-2291
Potable Water Water On Site Shasta Campground
RV Hookups RV Hookup 5-20 Miles (NE) Mountain Gate RV Park (530) 275-4600
RV Dump Station RV Disposal 5-20 Miles (NE) Mountain Gate RV Park (530) 275-4600
Primitive Camping Campground On Site various campgrounds in area
Convenience Store Conv Store 5-20 Miles (NE) Chevron (530) 275-2775
Swimming Swim Area 1-5 Miles
Body of Water Water Body 1-5 Miles (N) Sacramento River, Shasta Lake
Boating Launch Boat Ramp 1-5 Miles (N) Sacramento River, Shasta Lake
CONTACTS
Contact Info BLM - Redding Field Office
355 Hemsted Drive
Redding, CA 96002
(530) 224-2100
www.blm.gov
Comment Extension 7
Contact Info Bureau of Reclamation Shasta Dam Visitor Center
(530) 275-1554
www.usbr.gov
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Chappie-Shasta OHV Area Trail Photo

Chappie-Shasta OHV Area Trail

These trails have some stunning scenic views of Shasta Dam.  This was taken along the main loop.
Chappie-Shasta OHV Area Trail Photo

OHV in the water at Chappie-Shasta OHV Area Trail

There is even some cololorful vegetation that surrounds some of the trails.
Chappie-Shasta OHV Area Trail Photo

Scenery at Chappie-Shasta OHV Area Trail

There is a shallow swimming hole located along the main accesses road that follows the river.
Chappie-Shasta OHV Area Trail Photo

RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Chappie-Shasta OHV Area Trail

This is the main parking and staging area located below the dam.  It's a scenic staging area located right on the river below the dam.
Chappie-Shasta OHV Area Trail Photo

Example of terrain at Chappie-Shasta OHV Area Trail

A bridge on one of the trails.
Chappie-Shasta OHV Area Trail Photo

OHV at Chappie-Shasta OHV Area Trail

This is one of the upper elevation sections of the main loop.
Chappie-Shasta OHV Area Trail Photo

OHV at Chappie-Shasta OHV Area Trail

A few of the trails have a layer of sharp rocks the size of softballs or volleyballs, but only in certain sections.  Most of the trails are very tame.
Chappie-Shasta OHV Area Trail Photo

OHV at Chappie-Shasta OHV Area Trail

A view of Shasta Dam from the road.
Chappie-Shasta OHV Area Trail Photo

OHV jumping at Chappie-Shasta OHV Area Trail

This was a fun little rise along one of the main arteries. Along the main loop most of the trails were wide, basically jeep roads.
Chappie-Shasta OHV Area Trail Photo

Some terrain at Chappie-Shasta OHV Area Trail

Not all of the trails are jeep roads.  There are also some narrow trails like this.
Chappie-Shasta OHV Area Trail Photo

Scenery from Chappie-Shasta OHV Area Trail

There is some great mountain scenery too.  The main loop follows the ridge of these hills before dropping back down to the staging area under the dam.
Chappie-Shasta OHV Area Trail Photo

OHV at Chappie-Shasta OHV Area Trail

Many of the trails are pretty smooth and easy.  You can make good time, or take in the scenery.  There are multiple places to stop and get a panoramic view.
Chappie-Shasta OHV Area Trail Photo

OHV at Chappie-Shasta OHV Area Trail

This was a cool canyon walled section of the main trail.
Chappie-Shasta OHV Area Trail Photo

OHV at Chappie-Shasta OHV Area Trail

Coming down the last hill back to the staging area.  A loose rocky descent of medium difficulty.
Chappie-Shasta OHV Area Trail Photo

OHV at Chappie-Shasta OHV Area Trail

This is a view from the main trail very near the main staging area.
Chappie-Shasta OHV Area Trail Photo

OHV in the water at Chappie-Shasta OHV Area Trail

There are a few shallow water crossings, mostly along the access road that follows the river.  Nothing too deep, kind of fun.
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