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Chappie-Shasta OHV Area

Friday, April 28, 2023

Other Names

Copley Mountain, Shasta OHV, Shasta Dam, Matheson, Shasta Offroad Park, Whiskeytown Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area, Shasta Trinity National Forest, Big Gulch, Bohemotash Campground, Chappie Shasta OHV Area

Last Known StatusOpen

The trails here could be described as dry and a bit rocky, but the scenery is really top notch. Most of the trails are really wide jeep roads but there are some that are only wide enough for ATVs and dirt bikes. The trail system offers a wide variety of terrain that range from dozens of creek crossings, steep hill climbs and descents with both small and medium sized loose chunk rock.

The area offers several staging areas but the most popular one is the Chappie-Shasta Staging Area, which has some clean new facilities and is nestled right under a large dam. A campground with direct trail access is located about a 1/4 mile past this staging area which has some nice paved and shaded sites for a small fee.

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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Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
Dates OpenYear-RoundCA OHMVR red sticker vehicles permitted from 10/1 to 5/31
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedYesResidents of any state not listed must purchase a Nonresident OHV Use Permit. (AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, IA, ID, IN, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, TX, UT, VT, WA, WI, WY)
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)CA OHMVR noise limits apply (1985/older limit 101 dB, 1986/newer limit 96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (64 inches)has entrance gate or posts
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
(maximum width 64 inches)
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Some Areas
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Some AreasCA OHMVR stickers required
(maximum width 64 inches)
2 Stroke EnginesCertain TimesCA OHMVR restrictions apply
MX Helmet RequiredYeshelmets required by state law
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknownNot Recommended
Trail BlazingProhibitedkeep on designated trails
AlcoholNo Restriction
Rule EnforcementFew/PeriodicDedicated Rangers/Officers
Jeep/SUV Patrol


Approx Size52,000 acres (81 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail250
Climate TypeForest
Elevation600 to 5000 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has some loose dirt.Some
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis trail has some sandy areas.Some
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has many steep hills.Many
Water CrossingsThe trail has many water crossings.Many
Small JumpsThis trail has few small jumps.Few
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has some single track trails.Some
RoadsThis national forest has some roads.Some
IntersectionsThis trail has few intersections.Few
Rider TrafficThe national forest has few rider traffic on typical days.Few
ShadeThis national forest has many shaded areas.Many
Ranges/GunfireThis national forest has no shooting ranges or gunfire.None
HazardsThis trail has some hazards.Some(hazards not marked)
some very steep hills
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has some expert terrain.Some
Commenttrails are marked for difficulty


AreaMotorized Trails
LandBLM, National Forest


Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (NE)7-11 (530) 246-2291
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (NE)7-11 (530) 246-2291
Potable Water WaterOn SiteShasta Campground (530) 224-2100
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (NE)Mountain Gate RV Park (530) 275-4600
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (NE)Mountain Gate RV Park (530) 275-4600
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn SiteShasta Campground (530) 224-2100
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (NE)Chevron (530) 275-2775


Tent: $10.00
RV: $10.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $5.00
Shasta Campground Fee


Prosbeautiful scenery, lots of creek crossings, places to swim and fish, nice facilities
Consa little dry, a little rocky
Our RatingRatingVery Good
Recommended Stay3-5 Days
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Nearest CityRedding, CA
AddressCoram Road, Redding, CA 96001
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Redding, CA
1) Take I-5 N to Exit 685
2) Merge onto Shasta Dam Blvd, continue about 7 miles
3) Proceed though roundabout toward entrance for Shasta Dam, cross dam*
4) After crossing dam, turn left (south) onto Whiskeytown-Shasta Trinity Road (road names changes to Coram Road), continue 1.3 miles
5) Chappie-Shasta Staging Area is on the right. For campground continue .3 miles past staging area.

*Note: A valid driver’s license and vehicle registration is required to cross the dam. Vehicle may be subject to inspection.

For Matheson Access:
1) Take I-5 North to Exit 678
2) Veer left at the fork and merge onto CA-44, continue 1.2 miles
3) Turn right (north) onto Pine Street, continue 1 block
4) Veer left (west) onto Eureka Way/CA-299, continue 4.9 miles
5) Turn right (north) onto Iron Mountain Road, continue 6 miles
6) Turn right (east) onto Matheson Road. "Copley Mountain" staging area is on the right (GPS coords: N40.39.536 122.28.136W).


Contact InfoBLM - Redding Field Office
6640 Lockheed Drive
Redding, CA 96002
(530) 224-2100
CommentTrail Hotline
Contact InfoBureau of Reclamation Shasta Dam Visitor Center
16349 Shasta Dam Boulevard
Shasta Lake, CA 96019
(530) 275-1554


Chappie-Shasta 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 Trail Photo

Scenic view of 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 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 Trail Photo

OHV getting air 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 Trail Photo

Terrain example at Chappie-Shasta OHV Area Trail

Not all of the trails are jeep roads.  There are also some narrow trails like this.

Chappie-Shasta Trail Photo

Scenic view at Chappie-Shasta OHV Area Trail

This is a view from the main trail very near the main staging area.

Chappie-Shasta Trail Photo

OHV crossing 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.

Chappie-Shasta Trail Photo

OHV at Chappie-Shasta OHV Area Trail

This was a cool canyon walled section of the main trail.

Chappie-Shasta 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 Trail Photo

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

This is the main parking and day use staging area located below the dam. Amenities include picnic tables, loading ramps and a vault toilet.

Chappie-Shasta Trail Photo

A trail at Chappie-Shasta OHV Area Trail

A bridge on one of the trails.

Chappie-Shasta Trail Photo

OHV in the water at Chappie-Shasta OHV Area Trail

There is even some colorful vegetation that surrounds some of the trails.


Chappie-Shasta Trail Photo

Scenic view of Chappie-Shasta OHV Area Trail

There is a shallow swimming hole located along the main access road that follows the river.

Chappie-Shasta Trail Photo

OHV at Chappie-Shasta OHV Area Trail

A view of Shasta Dam from the road.

Chappie-Shasta Trail Photo

OHV at Chappie-Shasta OHV Area Trail

This is one of the upper elevation sections of the main loop.

Chappie-Shasta 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.

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