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.

Welcome to the New Mount Shasta Trail Association Website

It’s finally here — our brand spankin’ new website. The “Home” page, the page you’re on right now, will have all important news and updates related to the Mount Shasta Trail Association and hiking trails on and near Mount Shasta.

We’re especially proud of the Mount Shasta Trails Guide (see  the option above), which contains most of the popular trails in our area, includes hikes on Mount Shasta itself, of course, but also many paths around Castle Crags, Mount Eddy, and McCloud.

And we are truly grateful to Danielle Signor, the premier website designer in Mount Shasta and Siskiyou County, for helping us set up and design this WordPress blog.