The 2024 Mount Shasta Trail Challenge has only just started and we already have a huge announcement!!! The Rotary Club of Mount Shasta has made a significant donation and we are excited to announce that our regular capacity has increased from 100 finishers to 150! That’s right, we now have 150RTIC water bottles and 150 Dragon Graphics sticker sheets.
The Rotary Club is specifically hoping to attract the younger trail users of Mount Shasta with this additional capacity. The Trail Challenge is open to all abilities and that includes trail users of all ages! Hit the paved portion of the Lake Siskiyou Trail with your baby stroller. Young kids may love checking out the HUGE crane on the Dunsmuir River Trail. Try out the brand new Muir’s Ascension trail with your young adult mountain biker.
The Mount Shasta Trail Association is working with the Rotary to reach out to local youth organizations and spread the word about this great program. Feel free to support this effort by reaching out to your local schools, scout troops, church groups, and sports teams.
The kickoff of the 2024 Mount Shasta Trail Challenge is imminent, but until then here’s an exciting sneak peek!
Our partners at Dragon Graphics have created a complete set of custom, trail specific stickers for you to show your pride of completion. Finish just 6 of these 12 trails and get the whole awesome collection. Not available anywhere else or for sale, these are only for Trail Challenge finishers. A big THANK YOU to Dragon Graphics of Chico, CA who donated all of their time and design expertise to produce these great stickers.
Look closely and you’ll recognize at least some of the trails that are part of the 7th annual Trail Challenge. The Mount Shasta Trail Challenge is all season so feel free to get started! This rainy weather is an incredible opportunity to see a roaring waterfall or strap on your snowshoes to see a higher elevation trail. Start slow on an easy trail or be adventurous and check out a trail new to you.
Feel free to share in the comments which sticker you like best! Look for the official kickoff announcement and passport to be posted on this site very soon.
Thank you, to our Mount Shasta Trail Association community, and all those that included us in your Giving Tuesday plans. We are eternally grateful for your generous show of support.
The results are in and you were incredibly generous — we met our $30,000 goal! We saw 144 donors participate in Giving Tuesday. We will invest these funds in on-the-ground multi-use trail projects. Thank you again and may you have a wonderful holiday season!
The Mount Shasta Trail Association is pleased to announce that Rick Cory has joined its Board of Directors.
Rick grew up in Burlingame in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from San Jose State in 1989 with a degree in Fire Protection Engineering. He was backpacking across Europe when the Loma Prieta earthquake occurred and brought him home.
He worked for 30 years for the Fremont Fire Department, retiring in 2021 as a Division Chief. He worked extensively on wildland mutual aid as a Strike Team Leader and Safety Officer and responded several times to the Mount Shasta area. Rick is very proud of his work with FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 4 and especially their 3-week response to Hurricane Katrina with nearly 1000 rescues.
His first introduction to this incredible area was in 1998 when (girlfriend at the time) Luce and Rick took one of their first trips together visiting Mossbrae Falls. In 2010 they purchased a home across the street from his cousin in Dunsmuir. They taught all of their 4 children to ski at the Mt Shasta Ski Park and how to fish in the Sacramento River. One of his very favorite things to do is a long bike ride ending at the Dunsmuir brewpub.
Rick has watched with anticipation since 2015 as the new Gateway II trail network developed and has loved every minute working with the volunteer crews building trail. Rick is also proud to have completed every Mount Shasta Trail Challenge since its inception in 2018 and is excited to now help continue this great program.
Luce and Rick look forward to many years mountain biking, snow shoeing, skiing, and hiking with their dogs in this beautiful area.
Join us on Thursday September 28th at the Weed Community Center for our annual meeting. Do you see yourself in the photo below? That’s a blast from the past from our 2018 meeting. Doors open at 5:00 PM and we promise to be done by 8:00. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments to be served!
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 smile.amazon.com site and register the Mount Shasta Trail Association as your chosen charity and bookmark the smile page. Then as you shop, 0.5% of your purchases will go towards trails in the Mount Shasta area.
Fine print: this is not an endorsement of Amazon by MSTA, but simply an opportunity worth sharing.
What a great time of the year to gather with friends and family, as the holiday season begins with Thanksgiving.
The Trail Association wants to remind you of accomplishments — past, present and future as we conduct our only fundraiser of the year. Looking back, the list is long and includes the Cabin Creek Trail, Lake Siskiyou Trail, and the Springhill Trail. Currently, we are focused on expanding the Gateway Trail network by 46 miles! And looking forward, we think we’ll partner with the Forest Service on trail opportunities in the South Sacramento River watershed.
To help us continue this work, please consider making a donation this Giving Tuesday, November 29th; although early donations have already opened up. Here’s the link: click
Otherwise, below are some photos to remind us of the work we do.
Just in case you were wondering what is happening, or not happening, with the Trail Association’s efforts to provide safe and legal access to these internationally renown falls, SFGate just published an article on the trials and tribulations of that effort. Check it out here: