Course Description

The Clickapudi Trail is a 7 mile loop on the south shore of Shasta Lake. We will start at the Jones Valley Boat Ramp Parking Lot (note: they charge an $8 parking fee, but your parking fee is covered by your registration- you will NOT have to pay to park on race day).

All runners will begin their races by running one mile south on the road (it will be closed to traffic for 15 minutes) to the trail crossing.  Here the 5K runners will turn right and follow the Clickapudi Trail back to the parking lot in a clockwise direction. The 10K and Half-Marathon runners will turn left and follow the Clickapudi Trail back to the parking lot in a counter-clockwise direction.

When the Half-Marathon runners reach the parking lot (mile 6.2) they can stop at the aid station and continue to the trailhead in the SW corner of the lot. From here it is two miles to the road crossing and then five more miles to the parking lot and the finish line. Both loops counter-clockwise.

The road portion consists of gently rolling hills.  The 5K portion of trail (the two mile section west of the road) is relatively flat single-track.  The 10K portion (the five mile section east of the road) is mostly flat or gently rolling with three medium climbs.

Here is a video of a bike rider going counter-clockwise on the last 2 miles of the 5K course from the parking lot (opposite direction).  At approx. 6:50 he goes off of our course.

Elevation profiles (click for larger view):

Click here for a map of the Clikapudi Trail (trail #8).

This is the USFS description of the trail (edited):

The name Clikapudi comes from the Wintu word “Klukupuda” which means “to kill,” referring to a local battle between Wintu Indians and local traders in the 1800s. This is one of the more popular trails on Shasta Lake, and is excellent for mountain biking, horseback riding, trail running and hiking…

The area that includes Clikapudi Trail was extensively burned in the Jones Fire in the spring of 2000 and again in the Bear Fire of August 2004… Prior to the fire in 2000, lines of sight were fairly limited by a dense undergrowth of manzanita and young knob cone pine. The fire helped to open up the surrounding country and views are actually much improved. Nutrients released into the soil by the fire sparked a phenomenal increase in the growth and color of wildflowers…

This is an exceptionally beautiful trail from mid-autumn through late spring when temperatures are mild… During winter months when the small creeks are flowing there are several small waterfalls along the route. Wildflowers are always a treat (usually beginning in late January) as are the occasional glimpses of bald eagles, osprey, wild turkeys, black bears, squirrels and rabbits. There are great scenic vistas across the Pit Arm of Shasta Lake. The trail climbs and descends through a forest of mixed conifer and black oak scattered with small meadows.

13 thoughts on “Course Description

  1. I’m confused about the description for the half marathon. It sounds like it is an out and back course on a trail that is single-track? Wouldn’t that mean that the faster runners will be turning around and running into all of the slower runners on a narrow trail? Thank you in advance for clarification.

    • Thanks for the feedback, we’ve been going back and forth on this as I’ve been soliciting feedback on it. Lots of trail runs on single track are out-and-backs and it’s generally not a problem if everyone keeps to the right. Also you get to see the loop from both directions and you get to see your fellow runners. At the moment, this is our plan but we are planning a little test run in October and there is a slight chance we will change to two loops in the same direction.

      • Thanks for the reply Mark. I have never been on this trail so don’t know just how wide is the single track. I am seriously considering signing up for this run as my first ever half marathon, so looking forward to a good experience!

  2. The Forest Service translation is inaccurate. It actually means “battleground”.

    It may be worth contacting the local Winnemem Wintu tribe to discuss the race, as they have some traditional medicine gathering areas and other sites they still use in the Clikapudi area. I would like to run, but not if it could potentially upset or damage the tribe’s sacred areas.

    • Yes, Marc, there is a lot of history out there. We are staying on the trails that are approved for recreational use and that are used on a daily basis by mountain bikers.

  3. Sounds lovely….still trying to piece together your course description, and wondering just what percentage or how many total miles of the 1/2 marathon are on pavement/road? Thanks!

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