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):
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.