Mount Shasta Trail Association

The Mt. Shasta Trail Association is a California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation. Our mission is to provide inspiring outdoor experiences, advance appreciation of the beauty of the Mt. Shasta area, and assist in educating the public in environmentally sound stewardship by designing, constructing, maintaining and using trails in the Mt. Shasta area.

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Address: PO Box 36
Mt. Shasta, CA 96067
County: Siskiyou
Phone Number: 530-859-2454
We are currently working on the following projects:

1. Mossbrae Falls, located in Dunsmuir, California, is one of the most beautiful natural features in the northern part of the state. Spanning about 300 feet, the falls seem to gush straight out of a lush, green hillside, providing a spectacular, cascading display for visitors. The sight is so special that people travel long distances to see it, coming from all over the world.
Unfortunately, the only way to access the falls is by trespassing along an active railway, and visitors must walk within a few feet of passing trains. Several years ago, a sightseer was struck by a train and severely injured.

The Mount Shasta Trail Association has been working for nearly 20 years to establish a safer path to Mossbrae Falls, without success. In the past 18 months, however, significant progress has been made. The current plan involves locating an official trailhead at Hedge Creek Falls, then constructing a pedestrian suspension bridge across the Sacramento River where the Hedge Creek Trail ends. The trail would continue north through a forested area below the train tracks and along the river, ending at Mossbrae Falls. The final trail would encompass both falls within about a half mile.

This is an exciting development, but it will be very expensive to complete the environmental reviews and actual construction.

The Trail Association has received a large gift to cover some of the costs, and is seeking grants to cover the remainder. In the meantime, we're fundraising to show grassroots support for this wonderful project.

2. The Mount Shasta Trail Association and the US Forest Service are currently engaged in a 45-mile expansion of the beloved Gateway Trail system adjacent to the city of Mt. Shasta. The existing trail network consists of 11 miles of non-motorized, multi-use trails (hiking, trail running, biking, and equestrian). This new and ambitious project will add routes extending higher up the slopes of Mount Shasta and will include a connection to the Ski Park and south end of the city. The system will have many incredible vistas and a wide variety of terrain for every type of trail enthusiast. The availability of these new trails will benefit locals who love the outdoors, and will attract numerous visitors to support the economy of Siskiyou County.

The work so far has included project conception, flagging of the proposed trail, and extensive environmental analysis. There is strong community support and enthusiasm for this venture. It is hoped that actual construction can begin in the next 12-18 months.

Cost estimates for this development are nearly a million dollars. While a significant portion of the funds will come from grants (e.g. $420,000 from The McConnell Foundation), we need individual, grassroots support to reach completion.

3. Completion of the Mount Shasta City Park-to-downtown trail. This is a step toward a larger trail system to connect much of south Siskiyou County.

4. Further development of the Lake Siskiyou Trail, to include additional restrooms, a kayak launch ramp, and creation of a clearly defined trail through the Lake Siskiyou Campground.

5. Acquisition of the railroad line from Mount Shasta to McCloud, with eventual transition to a "Rails to Trails" route. This could tie into the Rails to Trails system currently being developed between McCloud and Burney.

6. Maintenance and improvement of many existing trails, including the Parks Creek area, Sisson-Callahan, Bunny Flat to Horse Camp, etc.

7. Development of a trail connection between Mount Shasta and Dunsmuir.

8. Extension of the Box Canyon Trail.