Hiking Books and Maps
With the recent closing of Mount Shasta’s Village Books, we now recommend that you procure your hiking guides, maps, nature books, and special-interest books at one of the following three outlets in Mt. Shasta: The Fifth Season, the Mt. Shasta Ranger Station, or Shasta Base Camp. These resources can also be found in either Redding or Medford.
Regarding maps, the trail guides on our website include maps for most of the trails. Thus, you can print up those maps, or even view them on a smart phone. Simply hold your cursor over the Trail Guides tab at the top of this page and a drop down menu will appear for the trails. Also, the Hike Mt. Shasta website includes maps with each of its trail descriptions. That website is found at: hikemtshasta.com.
Should you choose to shop online, remember that purchases made through Amazon Smile will dedicate 0.5% of the purchase to the Trail Association when you designate the MSTA as your chosen charity. Here’s the link: https://smile.amazon.com/
Local and Regional Links
LOCAL WEEKLY HIKES The Siskiyou Wanderers (http://www.siskiyouwanderers.com) meet every Thursday rain or shine to do a hike in Siskiyou County. They are a very congenial group that loves to explore our region. Indulge your wanderlust and contact them now.
A local hiker — Bubba Suess — has created an impressive site containing trail descriptions, photographs, and maps. Check it out at http://hikemtshasta.com/.
A key local partner for the Trail Association is the Mount Shasta Mountain Bike Association, otherwise known as BikeShasta. Check out their website at: http://bikeshasta.org/
Siskiyou Land Trust http://www.siskiyoulandtrust.org/. The Siskiyou Land Trust (SLT) is a community based non-profit organization that strives to protect open space, ranch and farmlands, forest and wetlands, natural resources, scenic viewsheds and wildlife habitat in beautiful Siskiyou County.
The Upper Sacramento River Exchange (http://www.riverexchange.org/) is very active promoting the health of local streams and watersheds. They also construct and improve trails in the area.
The Northern California Hiking Trails Blog is written by John Soares, co-author of 100 Classic Hikes in Northern California, third edition, and author of 75 Hikes in California’s Mount Shasta and Lassen Volcanic National Park Regions. The blog covers trails and outdoors news for all of Northern California. John is a long-time freelance writer for nonprofits and businesses, a resident of far Northern California for most of his life, and member of the MSTA board of directors for several years.
Mount Shasta Companion, a comprehensive resource on all things Mount Shasta compiled by the College of the Siskiyous http://www.siskiyous.edu/shasta/.
Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway (http://www.volcaniclegacybyway.org/) This site details how you can explore and enjoy the southern Cascades volcanic region from Lake Almanor to Crater Lake.
A new guide to wildflowers in the Mount Shasta area is now available. The book was created by Jane Cohn, Linda Freeman, Ken Goehring, and Michael Zanger. You’ll want to add it to your hiking and trails bookshelf. Check it out here: http://mountshastawildflowers.com/
Explore the geology of Mount Shasta at http://www.siskiyous.edu/shasta/geo/index.htm and http://www.siskiyous.edu/class/geology/geolloc.htm.
Investigate the natural history and physical geography of the Mount Shasta area at http://www.siskiyous.edu/shasta/env/index.htm.
Visit http://www.siskiyous.edu/beartrail/ to see pictures of local flora along the Bear Trail, located at the College of the Siskiyous in Weed, California.
Sisson Museum (http://www.mountshastasissonmuseum.org) is located at the Fish Hatchery where Lake Street meets Old Stage Road just west of the town of Mount Shasta. It has a wealth of information on local history. You also have the opportunity to visit the fish hatchery itself, likely under the watchful eyes of hungry osprey.
Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center http://www.mountshastaecology.org/
Shasta-Cascade: Siskiyou County http://www.shastacascade.org/siskiyou/sipage.htm
California Native Plant Society http://www.cnps.org/
Siskiyou County Visitors Bureau http://www.visitsiskiyou.org
Mount Shasta Chamber of Commerce http://mtshastachamber.com/
Dunsmuir Chamber of Commerce http://dunsmuir.com/
McCloud Chamber of Commerce http://www.mccloudchamber.com/
Weed Chamber of Commerce http://www.weedchamber.com/
Yreka Chamber of Commerce http://www.yrekachamber.com/
Shasta-Trinity National Forest http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/shastatrinity/
Klamath National Forest http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/klamath/
Modoc National Forest http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/modoc/
Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail http://www.fs.fed.us/pct/
Pacific Crest Trail Association http://www.pcta.org
Outside magazine http://outside.away.com/index.html
Audobon Society http://www.audubon.org/
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy http://www.railtrails.org/index.html
Sierra Club http://www.sierraclub.org/
The Nature Conservancy http://www.nature.org/
Leave No Trace http://www.leavenotrace.org/
American Hiking Society http://www.americanhiking.org/ Its mission is to promote and protect foot trails and the hiking experience.
http://www.backpacker.com/ The home site of Backpacker magazine. Lots of information on gear, destinations, and techniques.
Quitday – an effort to help people stop smoking and enjoy the out-of-doors https://quitday.org/support/outdoors-enthusiasts/