Redding California is a city unlike any other. Surrounded by mountains, with miles of hiking and biking trails throughout, Redding is a paradise for outdoor lovers. Even more striking than the scenery, however, is the love for Jesus and passion for revival that burns in those who live here, spurred on by the unity of the local churches.
It is our desire for our staff and students to be integrated and connected with the local Redding community. So, beyond the classes, activities, and community that you will enjoy within YWAM, you’ll have the added benefits that this beautiful city provides!
Less than a 15-minute drive from the YWAM Redding campus is Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. The park is full of opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts, including hiking or mountain biking on 70 miles of scenic trails. Relax on the beach at Whiskeytown Lake or explore with swimming, kayaking, and paddle boarding. Our students and staff love getting together here for the many activities it provides. Whether watching the sunset over the lake, or exploring the picturesque waterfalls, we are thankful for the nearby beauty of Whiskeytown.
This stunning, snow-capped mountain ornaments the northern skyline of Redding. It takes about one hour to drive to the mountain base, and from there all your favorite outdoor activities abound! Get away from summer heat for a weekend of mountain climbing, hiking through the forest, and lakeside camping. In the winter, hit the slopes for skiing and snowboarding, with beautiful views and short lines for the lifts. Standing 14,179 feet above sea level, Mount Shasta is the 5th highest peak in California.
Redding is blessed with a strong church body in its many diverse expressions. Though there are multiple meeting places, there is an intentional unity that Redding’s local churches strive toward. From city-wide Easter services, to united prayer times and monthly worship events, our city benefits from this powerful unity. It is our joy to attend and serve our local churches each week. A few of the churches we partner with are: Bethel Redding Church, First Presbyterian Church, Hillside Church, Little Country Church.
Coffee and Dining
If you have an appreciation for the art of coffee making and your tastes require the love and care of an independently owned shop/roastery, Redding has you covered. Even if you’re not crazy about caffeine, there are plenty of fun places to hang out. One of our favorites is an artsy shop with gourmet desserts, gelato, baked treats, and more. Or, head to The Park for a fun outdoor food truck experience with fire pits and yard games. Redding hosts plenty of ethnic restaurants to suit your palate, including Indian, Thai, East Asian, Mexican, and more. Plus we have an In-N-Out!
The other-worldly atmosphere of the redwood forests is sure to take your breath away. The Redwood National and State Parks are three hours northwest from our base, and visiting these forests is always worth the drive. Explore the Avenue of the Giants by car, then trek through the forest floor covered in a vibrant green bed of ferns and fallen redwood trees. As you look up, you’ll gaze in awe at 2,000-year-old redwood trees that tower 360 feet over you. While you’re in the neighborhood, check out a charming coastal town like Eureka or Crescent City and eat some superb seafood.
Another gem of Northern California is Lassen Volcanic National Park. Over 106,000 acres of forest, meadows full of wildflowers, and sparkling mountain lakes all add to the park’s splendor. The most exciting aspect of the park, however, might be its volcanic activity. These mountains are alive with fumaroles and boiling hot springs that remind visitors of Lassen Peak’s most recent volcanic eruption in 1917. Camping, hiking, rock climbing, snowshoeing, and boating are just a few of the thrilling things to do to enjoy Mount Lassen.