Diestelhorst Landing Trailhead – A Unique River Trail Experience

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Trails along the Sacramento River are a gift. They give us beauty and tranquility. The river trail beginning at the Diestelhorst Landing Trailhead is especially unique.

This north trail runs just short of a mile to the Harlan Trailhead entrance. The first 10th of a mile is elegant. I refer to it as Elegance Lane. It runs behind the Senior Citizen Center and the Elks Lodge where you’ll pass between two sets of stylish, metal archways. However, Elegance Lane has lost some of its luster.

A few trees and brush have been cleared. And a large concrete bench behind the Elks Lodge was once fashionable. But flooding two years ago started erosion beneath the bench’s concrete platform. It’s been fenced off and is waiting for funding. One of my pictures shows the bench when it was in style. It was relaxing, and even a romantic spot.

Go past Elegance Lane another 10th of a mile. There, the Carr Fire stopped burning along the northern bank of the river in July of 2018. This time of year you’ll see a lot of dry grass.

The trail parallels the Mora Court Subdivision and Lake Redding Estates. So along the trail you’ll see homes. A few backyards open to the trail and have a beautiful view of the river.

At one point, you’ll come to a relaxing bench overlooking a lagoon. In this peaceful setting, you might see ducks, frogs, or turtles, and hear the subtle sounds of birds chirping. It’s also home to the river otter. You could get lucky and see deer in the area.

A little farther past the lagoon, the trail curves and exits onto Harlan Drive. Go left a short distance down the dead-end street to a cul-de-sac. The street’s south side is lined with burned redwood trees from the Carr Fire. There, the Harlan Trailhead starts and takes you to the Stress Ribbon Bridge. At the Harlan Trailhead entrance is an old, stone drinking fountain. After a cool drink of fresh water, my dog Bodie and I turn around and head back to Diestelhorst Bridge, enjoying the trail in the opposite direction.

These pictures were taken in mid- to late-spring. At the end, I’ve tossed in a few photos of fall along Elegance Lane taken a few years ago. Elegance Lane is a must-see in early to mid-spring, and in the fall.

I enjoy exploring our river trails. I feel grateful to be alive and have the opportunity to relax and feel nature’s peace. For some, this beauty is literally in their backyards.

Steve DuBois
For many years Steve DuBois has enjoyed taking photos of his dogs in interesting and unusual places. He created a photo book of his dogs especially for the children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where he donated several copies. He loves that the kids enjoy seeing his dogs photographed in unusual ways. Steve says his dogs have been his photographic inspiration and motivation, but sometimes he tries his hand at nature shots, such as the photos he captured of the north state’s 2017 flooding, published here on A News Cafe.com. Steve DuBois lives in Redding.
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14 Responses

  1. Avatar Susan Keller says:

    Very lovely photos. Indeed, we’re very lucky to have the trail along the Sacramento River.

    • Steve DuBois Steve DuBois says:

      I wish I could see through time and witness history that’s taken place throughout the river trails.

  2. Adrienne Jacoby Adrienne Jacoby says:


  3. Avatar Claudia Hastings says:

    Beautiful photos…thank you.

  4. Avatar Candace C says:

    Love the photo of the rope swing with the fish below!

  5. Joanne Snyder Joanne Snyder says:

    I love the River Trail. Thank you so much for these beautiful photos.

  6. Avatar Carrie Dokter says:

    I really enjoyed all the photo’s! Too late in my life to venture out on that beautiful path. So thank you!

    • Steve DuBois Steve DuBois says:

      You’re one of the reasons I enjoy taking these photos. I’m thankful to A News Cafe for giving me the opportunity to share our nature with everyone, including those who are unable to to venture out or live far away.

  7. Steve DuBois Steve DuBois says:

    Carrie, you’re one of the reasons I enjoy taking pictures in nature. I’m thankful to Doni and A News Cafe for giving me the opportunity to share my pics with everyone, including those who are unable to venture out, or live far away.

  8. Avatar Carla Clark says:

    I walked that stretch of the trail, my dogs and I, for many years and I know all those places so well. It’s a beautiful, unique place and I miss it. I hope to see the bench on Elegance Lane rebuilt and the area spiffed up a little. Thanks for the great photos!

    • Steve DuBois Steve DuBois says:

      Funding for the bench was held up by the Carr Fire. I’m so hoping by next Spring it will be restored. Nice to hear you enjoy the trail.