Save The Date — Tuesday April 25, 2017 — Annual Meeting

The Trail Association’s board of directors will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday April 25, 2017.   The meeting, to be held at the Sisson Museum, will provide an update of accomplishments made in 2016 — plus, an idea of upcoming projects and events in 2017.  Doors will open at 6:00 PM, with refreshments and beverages provided by the Trail Association.  Presentations by the board will begin around 7:00 PM.

This is just a quick heads-up, so more information will follow.  Stay tuned!


Giving Tuesday — Where to Donate

080391b8-5652-4f25-9ba3-6d0531e43822We are only a day away from Giving Tuesday — an annual online fundraising event for non-profits nationwide!  Here’s the link to our Giving Tuesday page created by the Shasta Regional Community Foundation:  link

Tax deductible donations can only be made between 6:00 AM and 6:00 PM on the 29th of November

Help us promote, build and maintain trails in the Mount Shasta region.  Thank you (in advance) for your generosity!

Barry Price New MSTA President

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The Mount Shasta Trail Association (MSTA) is excited to announce that Barry Price has assumed the reins as the association’s president.  Barry has been active on MSTA’s board of directors since 2007, and he stepped forward when prior president John Schuyler announced that he was stepping down recently.

Barry has long been active with nonprofits since leaving the university womb.  He served as president of the San Mateo County Lung Association for two years in 1974 and 1975.  He spent years in the Bay Area working as a lawyer and businessman, but he also hiked frequently in the Marin Headlands—Tennessee Valley and Pt. Reyes– Mt. Tamalpais, Muir Woods, Butano State Park in San Mateo County, and the East Bay Regional Park District.  Golf was not the diversion of choice.  When he and his wife Joy relocated to the Mount Shasta area in semi-retirement, the Mount Shasta Trail Association seemed like a natural.  “Working with the highly competent fellow board members, officers and volunteers of the MSTA has been a pleasure,” he reports, “and the partner organizations, Siskiyou Land Trust, BikeShasta, Mount Shasta Rotary Club, the Forest Service, Cal Parks and Rec, City of Mount Shasta, Siskiyou County are great assets.”

Don’t be surprised to run into Barry on an area trail, hiking with one of the local groups or assisting with a hike sponsored by MSTA.  Beyond a reasonable doubt, Barry will provide excellent leadership into the future.

Neil Jacobs Joins Board of Directors
















The Mount Shasta Trail Association is very happy to add Neil Jacobs to its Board of Directors.  Neil grew up in southern California – specifically, the LA County area.  Neil took two years of art at a community college, before landing a full-time job in the grocery business.  He worked at that job for 37 years, and upon retirement moved to the Mount Shasta area.

Coming to Mount Shasta, he was following his parents, who had moved here 35 years ago.  While working in southern California, he would bring his kids to the Mount Shasta area, enjoying Lake Siskiyou before there was a trail.  When the trail circumnavigating the lake appeared, Neil made a point to find out who was responsible for the trail – the Mount Shasta Trail Association – and making a mental note to check them out at a future date.

Low and behold, he did check into the Trail Association when he moved to this area, and has become a very active volunteer on trail projects.  Seeing Neil, you know that he once ran marathons and stays in shape these days by being an avid hiker.  He enjoys being out in nature, hiking with the Siskiyou Wanderers, and hiking on his own.

With his kids grown and married, he now has the opportunity to share our local trails and outdoors with his grandkids – especially those trails maintained by the Trail Association!

100 Miles of Trail Campaign — Double Your Donation

For the month of March, the Mount Shasta Trail Association will match your donations up to $10,000 towards the 100 Miles of Trails Campaign and use your donation to open a special fund with the Shasta Regional Community Foundation.

Help MSTA build 100 miles of new multi-use trail in our area.  You can mail a check to PO Box 36, Mount Shasta, CA 96067.  Click here for a donation form: Donation Form

Or, visit our website at and click on “donate.”

MSTA is a 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation. Your contribution is tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.



Save The Date – Annual Members Meeting Thursday March 6, 2014

The Trail Association’s board of directors will hold its annual members meeting on Thursday March 6, 2014.   The meeting, to be held at the Sisson Museum, will provide an update of accomplishments made in 2013, plus an idea of upcoming projects and events in 2014.  Doors will open at 6:00 PM, with refreshments and beverages provided by the Trail Association.  Presentations by the board will begin around 6:30 PM.

This is just a quick heads-up, so more information will follow.  Stay tuned!

Trails Plan Completed

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The Trail Association, using a grant from the Shasta Regional Community Foundation, has finalized a plan to describe trail opportunities in the Mount Shasta area.  While the plan places an emphasis on trails open to mountain bicycles, we will ensure that any trails developed will be open to other non-motorized users, including hikers, runners and equestrians.  Over the next decade or so, we will be using this plan to better communicate trail ideas with land management agencies, funding organizations, community leaders, and trail enthusiasts like yourself.  To access the 6 MB pdf version of the plan, click the link below:


Dr. John Harch Joins MSTA Board of Directors


The Trail Association is very happy that Dr. John Harch has agreed to join its Board of Directors.  John, who practiced surgery in the Mt. Shasta area from 1992 until  his retirement in 2012, is very active and likes to hike, mountain bike, and ski (both downhill and backcountry).  John and his wife, Lori, are active and visible members of the local community.  As a welcome addition to the Trail Association, John’s energy and dedication to natural resources will help us continue to promote trail projects in the Mount Shasta region.

John earned a degree in biology from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, before going on to medical school at UCLA.  He completed his surgical internship and residency  at LA County/USC Medical Center.  Before landing in Siskiyou County, John practiced surgery in the Bay Area and southern California.  John is board certified in general surgery and critical care medicine.

Don’t be surprised if you run into John working hard to maintain one of our local trails, applying his surgical skills with a chainsaw or other trail tool.

MSTA Members Can Renew Using Paypal

It’s that time of year when we ask you to renew your membership to the Mount Shasta Trail Association.

We’ve had a lot of successes recently, and we’re still working hard to build  new trails and maintain existing trails — and get access to those beautiful trails in Castle Crags State Park.

You Can Renew Through Paypal…

by clicking on the Paypal button to the right.

Of course, you can also just send your check via regular mail. (You should have received a renewal notice recently.) For membership options, click here.