Trail Guides

The MSTA is pleased to offer this information on trails in the Mount Shasta area, encouraging you to discover new places to hike and enjoy.

Hiking entails some risk, and many trails in the area are inconsistently marked.

You are responsible for your own safety.

  • Cell service is often poor on trails
  • Download or print maps beforehand
  • Check in with an emergency contact

Easy Trails

Easy trails are suitable for anyone. No previous hiking experience required.

TrailRegionDistance (mi)Gain (ft)Features
McCloud River’s Three WaterfallsMcCloud3.8300Waterfalls, River, Forest
Great Shasta Rail TrailMcCloud40VariesMulti-use, Historic, Seclusion
City ParkMt Shasta City20Biggest Sacramento River Headwater Spring
Lake Siskiyou LoopMt Shasta City7300Lake, Swimming, Views
Box Canyon TrailMt Shasta City3300Forest, River
Castle LakeTrinity Divide10Interpretive Trail, Lake, Swimming
Upper Sacramento River TrailCastle Crags2.2100River, Swimming

Moderate Trails

Moderate trails offer a wide variety of options. Be sure to read the details of each trail – some are quite the challenge!

TrailRegionDistance (mi)Gain (ft)Features
Gateway TrailMt Shasta City10.7480MTB Trails, Views
Spring Hill TrailMt Shasta City3.25650Views
South Gate MeadowsMt Shasta4.61100Altitude, Views
Castle Lake to Heart LakeTrinity Divide2.2600Lake, Views
Castle Lake to Mount Bradley RidgeTrinity Divide6950Lake, Views
Burstarse FallsCastle Crags6.4950River, Waterfall, Views
Caldwell LakesTrinity Divide4.21,200Lakes, Seclusion, Views
Deadfall LakesTrinity Divide5.6 to 7.2600 to 1200To Middle (Big) Deadfall Lake or on to Upper Deadfall
Lakes, Views, Wildflowers
Flume TrailCastle CragsUp to 5.6Up to 1300Mixed Forests, Views
Girard RidgeCastle Crags9400Seclusion, Views
Greenhorn ParkYreka3.5700Historic Site, Wildlife, variety
Horse Camp via Sand FlatMt. Shasta5-1/21400Views, Alpine wildflowers, Alternate to Bunny Flat

Strenuous Trails

Strenuous trails will challenge many hikers. Previous experience and some fitness is advised.

TrailRegionDistance (mi)Gain (ft)Features
Black Butte (Currently not recommended: failing retaining wall)Mt Shasta City5.21850Altitude, Views
Castle Dome and Indian SpringsCastle Crags5.42200Views
Mt. EddyTrinity Divide10.42400High altitude
Views, Wildflowers
PCT to Porcupine LakeTrinity Divide121300Altitude, Lake, Views
Sisson Callahan Trail (In The Eddys) (Multiple 2 to 4 mile one way segments)Trinity DivideUp to 15 (east of the PCT)2750Altitude, Views, Wildlife, River, Wildflowers, Historic trail


Hiking trails and driving to trailheads entails certain potential dangers. We describe how to get to the trail and how to stay on the trail. However, you need to be prepared for anything and everything that nature and people can do to you. You bear responsibility for your actions and their consequences, not us. That said, prepare well and then get out there and explore and enjoy!

Other Resources

Looking for more? You’ve only scratched the surface! Siskiyou county offers endless hiking, biking, kayaking, swimming; if it involves the wilderness, you can do it here!

Check out our Resources and Links page for links to other local trail guides, hiking clubs, maps, local stores and more.