Pacific Crest Trail Film Premier May 19 at College of the Siskiyous

The Pacific Crest Trail Association, in partnership with the Mt Shasta Trail Association and the College of the Siskiyous, is pleased to announce the free public premier screening of the visually stunning National Geographic Channel’s new film, “America’s Wild Places,” starring the Pacific Crest Trail.

“This adventurous film presents an array of many of the spectacular scenes hikers can encounter on this 2,650 mile-long footpath that courses from Campo, California, at the U.S./Mexican border, to Manning Park in British Columbia, Canada,” says MSTA President Joe Wirth. “For outdoor enthusiasts who don’t have the time or endurance to hike the entire route, this is the best chance you’ll have for learning why the trail was created, how it is used today, and what it offers to hikers.”

Some of the more diverse features that can be encountered along the route from the south to the north include the cactus gardens of Anza Borrego Desert, the glaciated peaks of the High Sierra, Forester Pass at 13,153-foot elevation (highest point on the PCT), Devil’s Postpile, Crater Lake National Park, Three Sisters Wilderness, Mount Hood Wilderness, Cascade Locks (lowest point on the trail), Bridge of the Gods, Mount Adams, Snoqualmie Pass, and the North Cascades National Park.

When added up, the total elevation change along the entire route is 300,000 feet. Whew! Each year about 300 “thru-hikers” attempt to do the entire route in about four months, and they must deal with setting up food caches, severe weather, dehydration, and pesky black bears. Hikers must be prepared for climate extremes from scorching deserts in the south to drenching rainforests in the north. Displays of sprawling wildflowers create colorful breaks between towering stands of solemn old-growth forests.

”This special screening is an opportunity for you to see the Pacific Crest Trail like you’ve never seen it before, even if you’ve hiked it!” says Wirth. “And if you’re considering getting out onto the PCT, this film will only motivate you further to make your PCT experience happen! We have 120 miles of the PCT in Siskiyou County, and the trek from Burney Falls to the Oregon Border totals a challenging 275 miles.”

Liz Bergeron, Executive Director of the Pacific Crest Trail Association, will be on hand to answer questions, and a dedicated, hard working PCT trail work crew will explain the challenges of creating and maintaining the trail.

Program time and date: 7:00 PM, Wednesday May 19th.
Place: the COS campus in Weed: Building 3, Room 3, the Life Sciences Building, adjacent to Parking Lot A.
Admission: Free.
Food and Drink: Coffee and desserts will be served.
More information: 926-2858

Mount Shasta from the Pacific Crest Trail. (Photo by John Soares)
Mount Shasta from the Pacific Crest Trail. (Photo by John Soares)
The Pacific Crest Trail Association, in partnership with the Mt Shasta Trail
Association and the College of the Siskiyou, is pleased to announce the free
public primer screening of the visually stunning National Geographic
Channel¹s new film, ³America¹s Wild Places², starring the Pacific Crest
Trail.

³This adventurous film presents an array of many of the spectacular scenes
hikers can encounter on this 2,650 mile-long footpath that courses from
Campo, California, at the U.S./Mexican border, to Manning Park in British
Columbia, Canada,² says MSTA President Joe Wirth. ³For outdoor enthusiasts
who don¹t have the time or endurance to hike the entire route, this is the
best chance you¹ll have for learning why the trail was created, how it is
used today, and what it offers to hikers.²

Some of the more diverse features that can be encountered along the route
from the south to the north include the cactus gardens of Anza Borrego
Desert, the glaciated peaks of the High Sierra, Forester Pass at 13,153 feet
elevation (highest point on the PCT), Devil¹s Postpile, Crater Lake National
Park, Three Sisters Wilderness, Mount Hood Wilderness, Cascade Locks (lowest
point on the trail), Bridge of the Gods, Mount Adams, Snoqualmie Pass, and
the North Cascades National Park.

When added up, the total elevation change along the entire route is 300,000
feet. Whew! Each year about 300 ³Thru-hikers² attempt to do the entire route
in about four months, and they must deal with setting up food caches, severe
weather, dehydration, and pesty black bears. Hikers must be prepared for
climate extremes from scorching deserts in the south to drenching
rainforests in the north. Displays of sprawling wildflowers create colorful
breaks between towering stands of solemn old-growth forests.

³This special screening is an opportunity for you to see the Pacific Crest
Trail like you¹ve never seen it before, even if you¹ve hiked it!² says
Wirth.  ³And if you¹re considering getting out onto the PCT, this film will
only motivate you further to make your PCT experience happen! We have 120
miles of the PCT in Siskiyou County, and the trek from Burney Falls to the
Oregon Border totals a challenging 275 miles.²

Liz Bergeron, Executive Director of the Pacific Crest Trail Association,
will be on hand to answer questions, and a dedicated, hard working PCT trail
work crew will explain the challenges of creating and maintaining the trail.

Program time and date: 7:00 PM, Wednesday May 19th.
Place:  the COS campus in Weed: Building 3, Room 3, the Life Sciences
Building, adjacent to Parking Lot A.
Admission:  Free.
Coffee and deserts will be served.
More information: 926-2858

Root Creek Falls Hike Report

The May 8th Mount Shasta Trail Association hike to Root Creek Falls in Castle Crags was a huge success with over 30 people participating.

Thanks to everyone who made the trek that day, and keep watching here, in the Mount Shasta newspaper, and your inbox (if you’re a member) for details of upcoming hikes.

If you went, you saw this. If you didn’t, here’s what you missed.

Root Creek Falls and Castle Crags. (Photo by Joan Roemer)
Root Creek Falls and Castle Crags. (Photo by Jon Mikel Walton)

Root Creek Falls Hike on Saturday, May 8th

It’s another Mount Shasta Trail Association guided hike!

If you like waterfalls, you’ll LOVE this moderate hike to Root Creek Falls in the Castle Crags area. It’s a 350 foot waterfall that was recently “discovered ” by a State Park ranger. As the “story” goes, he was checking out a complaint of vandalism. While looking out the complainant’s picture window, the ranger noticed these huge waterfalls, practically in the resident’s backyard. Root Creek waterfalls are best seen in spring time when the snow is melting. The water is roaring down now.

Please join us for this 5.6 mile, 700 foot elevation gain hike May 8th. We’ll meet at the Fish Hatchery parking lot 9 am. We’ll return to the Fish Hatchery by 3 pm. For further questions call Joan Roemer 926-0647.

There is no charge for participating in this hike and everyone should dress warmly in layered clothing, wear durable hiking shoes, and bring lunch and water.

Siskiyou Wanderers May Hiking Schedule

Join the Siskiyou Wanderers for great hiking in Siskiyou County every Thursday. Here’s the May schedule.

May 6: Hotlum/Cinder Cone Loop: Join Igor and Suzanne on a trek in their neck of the woods. Hike the Hotlum/Cinder Cone Loop. See high desert flora as contrasted to our usual fare of alpine plants and trees. A grill/potluck lunch at Igor and Suzanne’s (5936 Jackson Ranch road) after the hike to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Igor and Suzanne will grill and provide the meat, everyone else bring a side dish or desert to share.
AD: 7-9 miles THE: 3,800′ AEG: 2,200′ PMP: A-12/Hwy 97 T: 9:00 am.

May 13: Weiss Ranch: This is a new hike. Jeff and Cindy Weiss (who live off the grid) gave their permission for the Wanderers to hike on their ranch. Should have plenty of wild flowers and great views of Shasta Valley.
AD: 5+ miles THE: 2.780 AEG: 800’+ PMP: Montague Statue T: 9:00 am.

May 20: Table Rock: Lower and Upper Table Rock (2 short hikes) north of Medford over looking the Rogue River. The views from these promontories s are great. But that’s not the reason for driving so far. This are is know for its many varieties of wild flowers (April-May peak season). NO DOGS! Poison Oak & Ticks to watch out for. Lets leave earlier due to travel distance.
AD: 3.5/2.5 miles THE: 1.300/1.200′ AEG: 700’/800′ PMP: Yreka Mall. T: 8:30 am.

May 27: Cabin Creek (aka, Squaw Valley Creek): A popular hike along a beautiful creek. Hike up the PCT to the saddle, thence down a road to the lower end of the creek trail. Hike the trail along the creek back to the trailhead.
AD: 10 miles THE: 2,200′ AEG: 2,600′ PMP: Mt. Shasta Fish Hatchery T: 9:00 am.

Legend to the Schedule:

AD: Approximate round trip distance.
THE: Trailhead elevation.
AEG: Approximate elevation gain.
PMP: Principal meeting place.
T: Meeting time at PMP.
DDT: Drive Distance to Trailhead.

Burstarse Falls Hike on Saturday May 1

Few folks know about Burstarse Falls, a mighty waterfall that free falls some 40 feet over granite walls. In addition to solitude, this hike also offers extensive views of Castle Crags’ steep granite spires and clear, cold streams.

Come join us for this moderate 6.4 mile hike which includes 2.5 miles on the impressive Pacific Crest Trail.

Meet at the Fish Hatchery at the end of Lake Street in Mount Shasta at 9 am. Bring lunch and water.

Further questions: call hike leader Joan Roemer 926-0647.

Read more about Burstarse Falls.

Castle Crags near Burstarse Falls. Photo by John Soares.
Castle Crags near Burstarse Falls. Photo by John Soares.

Promote the Mount Shasta Trail Association Website

The Mount Shasta Trail Association is very proud of this new state-of-the-art website.

Visiting here is the best way for you to find out what we’re doing and how you can help. We cover upcoming events, including hikes, presentations, and trail-maintenance days.

This home page is a blog, and we definitely want your comments on our posts. You can easily subscribe and be notified of all updates. (See the upper portion of the right-column for an easy way to subscribe.)

Please help the MSTA and promote the new site by:

  • Posting  https://mountshastatrailassociation.org to any website or blog you have. If you know how, please link the URL to phrases like “Mount Shasta hiking trails” or “Mount Shasta Trail Association”.
  • Sharing the link on Facebook, Twitter, and any place else you go online.

Thanks for your help and support!

Three Mount Shasta Area Men Cross the Trinity Alps in Winter

Local hiking legend and justly famous outdoors writer  (and recent Mount Shasta Trail Association slide show presenter) Tom Stienstra just wrote a San Francisco Chronicle column about three local (or mostly local) guys who crossed the Trinity Alps in eight days — in winter:

The expedition started at a location so remote and snowbound that it took a helicopter drop to get them started. In the next eight days, they climbed and descended 8,500 vertical feet while crossing the Trinity Alps and its formidable Sawtooth Ridge – including in blizzards that dumped 2 feet of snow and set off multiple avalanches in their paths.

And the Three Mount Shasta Area Guys?

  • Dennis Campbell
  • Ray Pettengell
  • Chet Kyle

Congrats gentlemen! We want to see pics and video soon…

Hike to Ney Springs and Faery Falls on Saturday, April 17th

The Mt. Shasta Trail Association invites its members and the public to join in a two-mile round trip easy hike on Saturday, April 17th, to the historic Ney Springs resort site and the spectacular Faery Falls.

Ney Springs was discovered by John Ney in 1887. It became a destination health resort based on the mineral springs there. The water has a pH of 11.6 and a silica content of 4,000 parts per million, the highest values known to occur in natural ground waters. The resort consisted of a hotel that housed 50 guests, a bath house, and boardwalks that meandered through the wooded forest. There was also a carriage house, a barn and several piped spring enclosures. All that can be found there now is some masonry foundations and a small trickling stream under the tall pines. It’s a wonderful stretch of one’s imagination to envision a lively resort at this now tranquil site.

A short walk upstream from the resort ruins leads to nearby Faery Falls, where Ney Springs Creek crashes nearly 60 ft (18 m) down a granite cliff face, forming a clear pool at the bottom. It could be the tallest waterfall in Siskiyou County, and at this time of the year it will be running with a roar, so this will be a great photo op.

Participants will meet at the fish hatchery parking lot at 10 am to form carpools. Everyone should dress warmly in layers, pack a lunch and drinks, and expect to be back to the fish hatchery parking lot by 3 pm. There is no charge for participation in this event, and it is suitable for children. Please call trip leader Joan Roemer (926-0647) for more information.

Siskiyou Wanderers April Hiking Schedule

Join the Siskiyou Wanderers for great hiking in Siskiyou County every Thursday. Here’s the April schedule:

April 1: Bunny Flat/Mt. Shasta: Since we were unable to do this earlier, let’s Cross Country Ski and/or Snowshoe from Bunny Flat to the Old Ski Bowl. Hikers can do North Lake Siskiyou Trail.
AD: 6 miles THE: 6,900′ AEG: 780′ PMP: Mt. Shasta Fish Hatchery T: 9:00 am.

April 8: Scarface Road: Walk the road on the west side of Shasta Valley w hike the high country remains blanketed with snow. Starting point depends on snow levels, hopefully we can start near the junction of Winters Gulch Rd. No host lunch at the Pizza Factory in Weed after the hike.
AD: 7-8 miles THE: 2,800′ AEG: 1,000′ PMP: Gazelle Grange T: 9:00 am.

April 15: French Creek/Miners Creek Loop: An enjoyable road hike located near Etna, passing ranch lands, creeks, and some forested areas. After the hike, let’s have dessert at Bob’s Ranch House.
AD: 6 miles THE: 2,850′ AEG: 600′ PMP: Bob’s Ranch House, Etna T: 9:00 am.

April 22: Diller Canyon Road: A new hike recommended by Suzanne and Igor. Hike from the end of Truck Village Drive near Black Butte and I-5 along a forest road east toward Diller Canyon through Pine Plantations.
AD: 9-10 miles THE: 3,940′ AEG: 900′ PMP: Mt. Shasta Fish Hatchery T: 9:00 am.

April 29: Pilot Rock: This is one of our favorite hikes each spring. Usually the flowers and views are great. You have choice of climbing the rock or walking the trail beyond the rock to have lunch. Bring your camera.
AD: 8+ miles THE: 4,700′ AEG: 1,000′ PMP: Yreka Mall T: 9:00 am.

Legend to the Schedule:

AD: Approximate round trip distance.
THE: Trailhead elevation.
AEG: Approximate elevation gain.
PMP: Principal meeting place.
T: Meeting time at PMP.
DDT: Drive Distance to Trailhead.

Maintenance on Mount Shasta Area Trails

The Mount Shasta Trail Association will soon be asking MSTA members and friends to help us clean up our local hiking trails.

As everyone who lives in the Mount Shasta area knows, we got thumped in early January by a major storm that took down hundreds of trees and brought down thousands of tree limbs throughout the area, including on top of many hiking paths.

Stay tuned to this blog, your e-mail inbox (if you are on the Mount Shasta Trail Association list), and the local paper for the dates, times, and places of trail maintenance. Subscribe to this blog by putting your e-mail address into the appropriate box in the right-hand column and hitting enter.

You don’t need special skills to help with trail maintenance, just a love of hiking and the willingness to sweat a bit.