Mount Shasta City Park

Trail Highlights

Trailhead locationMount Shasta City Park
Length2 miles
Elevation gain / maxNegligible / 3,500′
When to goYear-round
Dogs allowed?Yes, on leash

Featuring Big Springs — the biggest single headwaters spring of the Sacramento River; Spring Creek; Kingston Meadow; and Kingston Ditch.

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Trail Details

The Mt. Shasta Greenway is an idea that has been discussed for nearly 20 years. The concept is for a paved multi-use trail that would connect the City Park to downtown Mt. Shasta, continue southward to connect with the Lake Siskiyou Trail and northward across north Mt. Shasta Boulevard to connect with the Spring Hill Trail.  Presently, we have a trail network that connects the City Park to Kingston Meadow, plus the Nepenthe Trail adjacent to the Mercy Hospital.

The current trail configuration provides a wonderful collection of loops that encourages exploration of the City Park lands south to Kingston Meadow (owned by Siskiyou Land Trust), and Big Springs itself north and west of the grassy park proper.

Controlling Agency:  Mt. Shasta Recreation and Parks

Directions to Trailhead

From the Lake Street / Central Mt. Shasta City exit from I-5:

  1. Take Lake Street east to Mt. Shasta Blvd (second traffic light) and turn left. 
  2. Take North Mt. Shasta Blvd north to the second Nixon Road intersection
  3. Turn left on Nixon Road and cross the railroad track. 
  4. Take an immediate right turn into the entrance of the City park. 
  5. Drive through the park, past the lower lodge buildings to the parking for the play fields and picnic area. 
  6. Walk west to a bridge over Spring Creek which links to the main trail.