Gateway Trail

Trail Highlights

LocationMt Shasta City
Length10.7 miles of trails
Elevation gain / max480′ / 4,400′
DifficultyEasy to Moderate
When to goYear-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 Association (in association with the Shasta-Trinity National Forest) is currently constructing 45 miles of new trails for the Gateway Trail network. Check out the Gateway Trail website ( . It features a lot of content, including the following sections: Location (explores local attractions with links), Expansion (reviews the Gateway project, including a video), Partners (all the folks and organizations who’ve joined us in this endeavor), Stewardship (how to be kind to nature), Frequently Asked Questions (hopefully helpful), and a Donate page. The website should help familiarize locals and out-of-towners with exactly what is being built.

Below is a map of the three zones planned (Community, Big Mountain, and Learning).

Current Trail Map (Check back for updates as new trails are added)

Updated 9/5/2021 with rerouted Gateway Trail

To download this map onto your phone to use while on the trails: scan the QR code with your phone.

Other Maps

Printable CalTopo PDF (Updated 9/5/2021)

Note that the links below may not be updated in a timely manner:

AllTrails: Gateway, Marley, Tunnel, My Trail Loop

MTB Project: Gateway Trail Loop

Trailforks Map

Trail Details

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 gently up the side hill, then contours over 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.

Controlling Agency: 
Mount Shasta Ranger Station
Shasta-Trinity National Forest
204 West Alma, Mount Shasta, CA 96067
(530) 926-4511

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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MSTA develops and maintains trails in the Mount Shasta area, and advocates for hiking, biking and equestrian access. We are a volunteer-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and count on your support. Please consider giving back to your trails!