Moonshine Trail Races

“This is the first trail race I have ever done. Thanks for making it such a great experience! I ran the 15k which is further than I usually race but it was fantastic. The course was challenging and amazingly beautiful. It was awesome to get to finish by running into the lake. I can’t wait to use my coasters! Thanks so much! I hope to participate in future events!”   Helen Mino

“I had a great time and I had 4 cousins that ran also.  We are all doing next year! Thanks again.”  Elva Grace

2015: May 30 (the full moon comes early this year!), new improved courses (all still start and finish at the beach): 2 Miles (great for youth and beginning runners), 7M & 14M (the two longer courses are uphill for the first half and downhill for the second half).

2014 Preliminary Results

2014 Pictures!


Whiskeytown + Brandy Creek + Full Moon = Moonshine Trail Races!

Start and Finish at Brandy Creek Beach.
Friday June 13, 2014 @ 7:30 PM
Register Now!

Packet Pick-Up: Fleet Feet Hilltop, Thursday 4:00- 6:30 PM,
or at Brandy Creek Beach on Friday from 6:30- 7:15PM

2013 Results!

Come celebrate the full moon and the beginning of summer.  Friends and family can hang out on the beach as they wait for you to finish.

Based on Runner Feedback: New, Improved Courses this year!
The last 1/4 mile for all three courses is still on the beach and all still finish in the lake 
(you have to get your feet wet to finish).

The 3.5 mile course goes up (south) the paved trail for 1/2 mile, then up Shasta Bally Road (dirt) for another 1.5 miles, then descends to the Brandy Creek Campground and down the single-track Brandy Creek Trail back to the beach and the finish.  The first half is generally uphill (not steep) and the second half mostly downhill.

The 7 mile course starts moderately , then offers a big “nasty” climb followed by a fast, fun descent to the finish.  Head east on the Davis Gulch trail ( approx 3.3 miles along the lake: first third rolling, second third uphill, final third fast), then climb 1 miles up and up the very steep Monarch Mountain Trail (800′ climb).  You will make a sharp right (different than last year) and head downhill on a rarely used dirt road and re-connect with the Brandy Creek Trail for the return.

The 15M has more single track and a gentler downhill finish than last year’s 25K:  Up the Brandy Creek trail toward Brandy Creek Falls, then up and down the Rich Gulch trail, up and over the gnarly Salt Gulch trail, east on the Peltier trail to the Kanaka Peak trail, south to Peltier Valley Road, west (uphill) to Panther Gap and right on Monarch Mountain Trail for about 1.5 miles to the same rarely used dirt road used by the 7M runners.  You will not go down the steepest part of the Monarch Mt Trail this year (yay!).  As the moon rises, you will return to the finish the same way as all the other runners, via the Brandy Creek trail and the beach. Two water stations at approximately miles 5 & 10.  Carry a dependable LED flashlight or the last couple miles will be really slow!  Start in the light, finish at night!  A great opportunity to sample night running!  (Must finish before Midnight!)


Registration fees include “Certified Moonshiner” performance t-shirt:


We will have manned (personned? peopled?) water stations on the 7M and 15M course but we are going “green” – no paper cups. Bring a water bottle and you can fill up at the midway point of the 7M (the road crossing at the east end of Davis Gulch trail) and for the 15M: at the Brandy Creek Falls parking lot (approx 4M) and at the junction of the Kanaka Peak trail and Peltier Valley Road (approx 10.5M).

Moonshine is The Happiest Race of the Year!

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The finish line is the lake!




View from Monarch Mountain trail (7M & 15M)-IMG_3487

Last year’s t-shirt (this year’s will be similar, colors to be determined):bXTBVMkhKARbJNfO1f2Q3QK-WuwxEqDe1NgsIn5fdqw

6 thoughts on “Moonshine Trail Races

  1. I’d love to do this, I’ve lived in Redding coming up on two years and I’ve been looking forward to do some trail running/racing!

  2. Wow, that’s all I can say, WOW! These races are always tough and I usually find myself on the course wondering what I was thinking (I am a pretty slow runner and am always bringing up the rear), but by the end, there’s a grin on my face and I feel tough as nails. The volunteers are friendly, helpful and generally awesome and the race director seems to make a point to talk to everyone who finishes. Great people you all are and wild and scenic runs you put together. Woo Hoo!

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