Safe Crossing Constructed on Quail Hill Trail

After receiving a gracious OK from the landowner (George Kay) to create a safe crossing over a spillway on Quail Hill, MSTA volunteers placed lumber and ropes today. A second small walkway was placed uphill at another crossing. Shown are the workers (one nut in the creek) and our first, happy (and safer) hiker.

New Trailhead Kiosk Installed at Parks Creek

Today, five lunatics assembled at the Parks Creek Trailhead to install a new kiosk adjacent to the brand, new pit toilets. It was the usual group from the Mt. Shasta Trail Association, along with Forrest Coots from the US Forest Service. We tripped over one another, argued over how to dig the holes and place the posts, and generally had a great time. Shown are Glenn Harvey and John Schuyler mixing cement while Forrest Coots supervises, and Mark Telegin touching up the results. Shockingly, it all came out well, and we’ll be placing the panels and maps soon.

Library/Sisson Meadow Cleanup

This morning, a dozen community-minded folks showed up to remove the weeds and overgrown sweet pea behind the library and leading into Sisson Meadow. I miscalculated the size of the job, but we cut and slashed a huge amount of vegetation left from the wet winter.

Many thanks to Carol Simpson, Larry Dabrois, Molly Breitmun, Glenn Harvey, David Tucker, Will McCleary, Adam Henson, and Laura and Jessica (sorry, I don’t have their last names). Don’t forget our superheroes of illegal encampment eradication, Perry Sims and Todd Cory; they removed the slash screens that provided cover for several camps, and hauled out garbage left by the transients.

At the end, a somewhat crazed Molly said, “This was fun! When are we gonna come back and finish the job?”

Love your spirit and enthusiasm, Molly.


Hike to Rock Fence Lake — Saturday September 21, 2019

The Mount Shasta Trail Association invites the public to join them on a moderate hike to one of the jewels of our area recently added to our national forest lands: Rock Fence Lake. 

This lake is in the Scott Mountains, just east of Kangaroo Lake and is on one of the sections the Forest Service obtained earlier this year working with the Pacific Crest Trail Association and the Trust for Public Lands.  We will drive about 1-1/2 miles on a good unpaved forest road (small SUV’s ok) before parking and hiking the rest of the way (about 2 miles each way) on a much rougher, but very walk-able road.  Elevation gain is a little less than 1000 ft.   

Meeting time and place is 9 AM at 111 Morgan Way in front of the Best Western Tree House in Mount Shasta.  We will pass by the Gazelle Grange no earlier than 9:40 AM and pick up any who are waiting there at that time. Bring lunch, sun protection, and water.  For information contact John Thomson at 530 926-4430.

Our Destination


On June 26, 2019, forty volunteers got together to clean up several areas southeast of Grocery Outlet near the truck stop on Vista Drive off I-5. The team included the Mt. Shasta Trail Association, Clean and Safe Mt. Shasta, Gear Up of Weed (organized by Kelsea Ochs), and citizens of Weed and Mt. Shasta. The City of Weed Public Works Dept. contributed a huge dump truck, a flatbed truck, and a loader with jaws.

The first two photos show some of the mess before our tenacious volunteers got started.

Then, everyone got to work.

Without the help of the Weed Public Works guys, we couldn’t have moved the massive pile of heavy stuff.

Many thanks to all who participated.

Donate to the Trail Association as You Shop this Holiday Season!

For those of you that shop online at the Amazon website, here’s a way to make a portion of your purchase a donation to the Mount Shasta Trail Association.  What a deal!

Instead of logging on the the regular Amazon website, log on to the site and register the Mount Shasta Trail Association as your chosen charity.  Then as you shop, 0.5% of your purchases will go towards trails in the Mount Shasta Area.

(Not so) Fine print:  this is not an endorsement of Amazon by MSTA, but simply an opportunity worth sharing.


Save the Date – December 1, 2015 – Giving Tuesday

The first Tuesday after Thanksgiving has become to be known as Giving Tuesday, a time for people to give something back to a charity or non-profit. The Trail Association is participating in the North State event being coordinated by the Shasta Regional Community Foundation. The “giving window” will be from 6:00 AM to 6:PM on the 1st.  Here’s some links for more information:

Trail Association Page

Giving Tuesday Page

Great Shasta Rail Trail Run – May 18, 2014

Attention runners and joggers!  The Shasta Land Trust is hosting a run on the Great Shasta Rail Trail (the McCloud River Railroad railroad bed) east of McCloud.  The date is May 18th, with the event beginning at 9:00am.  Details are still being worked out but the run is should be about 4 miles.  This is not intended as a competitive race (no awards or t-shirts) but more an opportunity to get folks out to explore the trail.  There will be refreshments at the finish and photos taken and provided to each participant.  There will be a $20 fee.

For more information on the Great Shasta Rail Trail and its history go to this link.

To purchase tickets go to here  and click on “Wildways/Our Events” near the top.  Then scroll down and click on “10. Great Shasta Rail Trail”.  Be sure to select Non-Member, unless your a member of the Shasta Land Trust.


Photo by Women’s Running

Great Shasta Rail Trail Fundraiser Wednesday May 1, 2013

McCloud Local First Network Invites You to


An evening of wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres and silent auction benefiting the Great Shasta Rail Trail

Featuring the music of Gerry Smida

Wednesday, May 1, 2013  6:00—9:00 pm

At the McCloud Hotel, 408 Main Street, McCloud

Tickets:  $20 in advance; $25 at the door

 Tickets in advance:

McCloud:   McCloud Outdoors, McCloud Mercantile, Other Side of the Mountain

Mt. Shasta:  The Fifth Season, Village Books, Mount Shasta Book Nook

Redding:  Shasta Land Trust, 1918 West St # D

Accommodations offering a 40% discount when you purchase tickets include:

McCloud Hotel (964 2822); McCloud Mercantile Hotel (964 2330) and The Eagle’s Rest vacation rental (April 30—May 2) (926-6400)


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