|Location||Mt Shasta City|
|Length||10.7 miles of trails|
|Elevation gain / max||480′ / 4,400′|
|Difficulty||Easy to Moderate|
|When to go||Year-round|
|Dogs allowed?||Yes, on leash|
The Gateway Trail network is a system of trails located adjacent to the community of Mount Shasta. It is open for hikers, joggers, mountain bikers, and equestrians. Multiple trails and roads give the user the opportunity for short and long loops.
The trail begins by the kiosk in the parking area – note that the trail curves north from the parking lot, and is not the gated forest road. It climbs and winds around gently for several miles before it crosses the gravel Forest Service Road 40N88X. From here you can continue on the trail or take the road back to the trailhead. Continuing, you come to the same road again at Marley Junction and have the choice of taking the Marley Trail down to the Tunnel Trail and Stellar Lane, or continuing on the Gateway.
Continuing on Gateway it climbs up the side hill, then switchbacks down and up and back to Forest Service Road 40N16Y, and down to the Tunnel Trail and Steller Way (FS Road 40N24) at the Lower Tunnel Junction. If you go out via Stellar Way, note that you will be crossing private lands that lack public use easements. Otherwise, you can return to the trailhead from Lower Tunnel Junction via a variety of trail options.
Mount Shasta Ranger Station
Shasta-Trinity National Forest
204 West Alma, Mount Shasta, CA 96067
(530) 926-4511 www.fs.fed.us/r5/shastatrinity
Directions to Trailhead:
From the I-5 Central Mount Shasta exit, travel .7 mile east on Lake Street and then follow the curve as the road becomes Everett Memorial Highway. Trailhead is on the right just after you pass the last home and enter national forest lands.
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