Here’s a chance to do TWO trails on the Mount Shasta Trail Challenge!

First off, the Spring Hill Trail is a great moderate hike with some elevation right off I-5 and downtown Mt Shasta. There is an Instagram ready view of Mount Shasta on the way up and views of Black Butte and Castle Crags from the summit. Dogs are OK, bikes are not, and kids will love it:)

Secondly, Mount Shasta City Park offers 2 miles of easy trail. The headwaters of the Sacramento River are are a great place to cool down after your hike! The headwaters are a very special place. Another option is to hike the City Park before tackling the moderate hike up Spring Hill.

Still a few months to finish the 2023 Mount Shasta Trail Challenge! Check out these and all the other great Mt Shasta area hikes on the Trail Guide tab of the MSTA website here.

Trail Challenge 2023 — Check out the McCloud River Trail

Looking for a great trail that has something for everyone? How about the McCloud River trail on the Mount Shasta Trail Challenge! THREE waterfalls, swimming holes, tall trees, campgrounds, fishing spots, and dogs are OK. This trail is ADA accessible around the trailheads and otherwise mostly flat and easy. There’s still time to download and finish the 2023 Trail Challenge!!

Check out the Trail Challenge here.

Bear Springs Trail – Make It Part of Your Trail Challenge!

The recent rain has really cleaned the smoke out of the air and made the dirt perfect for mountain biking or hiking. What a perfect time to check out Bear Springs Trail on the Mount Shasta Trail Challenge! Great views, flowing cross country, and technical elements with go arounds. Did you know Bear Springs Trail is expanding further up Mt Shasta to Everitt Vista AND all the way down to the town of Mt Shasta! Check out the exciting plans at

The Trail Challenge Can Be Cool

Need a break from the heat?   Try the Lake Siskiyou Loop Trail on the Mount Shasta Trail Challenge!   The seasonal bridges have just gone up after a wonderfully wet winter and it is now possible to hike or bike all the way around.   The trail is fairly well shaded but still gives great views of the lake and Mt Shasta.  The best part is you are never more than a minute from the waters edge. Click here for more information.

Mount Eddy — A Great Trail Challenge Hike

One of the most strenuous, and most beautiful, trails on the 2023 Trail Challenge is Mount Eddy via Deadfall Lakes.   The last snow blocking the trail is gone and the road is clear.  Around 10 miles and 2200’+ of climbing so maybe work your way up to this one.  Incredible 360 degree views from a great summit are worth the hard work.

This trail allows dogs as does every trail on this years challenge!!  Even Mt Shasta and Castle Crags have trails featured this year that allow dogs so if you hike with your dog, this is your year!   Feel free to post your dog hiking pictures here.

Note on some seasonal items.  The Deadfall Meadows trailhead is temporarily closed for some rehab so use the Parks Creek/PCT Trailhead.   It’s a little longer but less climbing!   Beware of bees on the summit and avoid them by staying away from clumps of flowers.

That water looks inviting!
Are we there yet?
Who cares about the view, we want treats!

Check Out The Trail Challenge Swag!

This summer the Trail Association is again hosting a Trail Challenge to promote the beauty of the Mount Shasta area, encourage healthy exercise, and be environmentally sound stewards. This is our sixth year!

As an incentive to get you on the trail with feet, bike wheels, horse hooves or snowshoes (we recommend you wait for winter), the first 100 participants that complete at least 6 of the 12 featured trails are eligible for some of the swag pictured below, such as a stainless steel pint glass. For more information on the challenge, click here.

It all looks great!

Trail Challenge 2023 Has Started!

Once again the Trail Association is sponsoring a trail challenge on our local trails.

For the passport and details on the 12 trails included in this year’s challenge, click here

Our goal is to provide inspiring outdoor experiences, advance appreciation of the beauty of the Mount Shasta area, and be environmentally sound stewards. 

Be one of the first 100 participants to complete at least 6 of the trails and earn a 2023 Trail Challenge stainless steel pint glass or choose from other cool swag. 

Whether a hiker, mountain biker, snowshoer, dog walker, trail runner, xc skier, or equestrian there is a truly special experience waiting for you in Siskiyou County.

2022 Trail Challenge — There’s Still Time!

Hello all you Mount Shasta Trail Association treasure hunters out there. Congratulations to those of you that have found some treasures, and a big congratulations to those of you that have found all of them!

This announcement is to let you know that it is not too late to continue hunting for treasures because each time you find a treasure your name will be added to the MSTA grand prize drawing, which will be on September 5th.  At that time , we will reveal all the treasures and the grand prize winner. The last day to post treasures to our website will be September 4th.

Thanks for playing and thanks for supporting the Mount Shasta Trail Association.

Lynda Hardy