Copley Mountain, Shasta OHV, Shasta Dam, Matheson, Shasta Offroad Park, Whiskeytown Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area, Shasta Trinity National Forest
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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.
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
BLM, National Forest
beautiful scenery, lots of creek crossings, places to swim and fish, nice facilities