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Shasta-Trinity Forest

  • Shasta-Trinity Forest

Overview

  • Karla Gadea

Shasta-Trinity Forest is the largest National Forest in California with a 2,210,485 acre forest encompassing five wilderness areas, hundreds of mountain lakes and 6,278 miles of streams and rivers. Major features include Shasta Lake, the largest man-made lake in California and Mount Shasta, elevation 14,179 feet. Mt. Shasta is a dormant volcano rising 14,179 feet high and is the dominant geographic feature of Northern California and Southern Oregon Cascade Range. The Shasta–Trinity National Forest offers a wide range of recreational activities. Some of these include hiking, backpacking, mountain climbing, horseback riding, camping, boating, fishing, sightseeing, downhill skiing and riding, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling.

Water from five glaciers provides moisture for wildflowers. Local hiking trails offer spectacular scenery and, occasionally, a glimpse of deer, eagles, black bear and other wild animals.

Season: Trails at Shasta Lake are open all year, but it is best to hike them in the spring and fall. Summer heat is quite severe in this area and there is no drinking water available. Day hike trails are generally open from June 1st until late October depending on snow and weather conditions. Most trails are closed during winter due to snow.

Potem Falls(Spring-Fall)(Beginner): Potem Falls Trail is a 0.5-mile trail located near Montgomery Creek, CA and features a waterfall. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October. Potem Falls is a stunning waterfall. It is narrow at the top and fans out at the bottom as it plunges 69 ft. off a cliff into the Pit River arm of Lake Shasta. To get to Potem Falls you need to find an easy to miss road called Fenders Ferry Rd between Round Mountain and Montgomery Creek. After 3.5 miles Fenders Ferry Rd will turn into a well-maintained dirt road passable in most passenger cars. You now have 5.7 miles to go to the unmarked trailhead. The road is a typical forest service road with lots of turns, narrow at times, along a canyon with no guard rail, patchy cell service if any, you know typical forest country. The road will drop down from the canyon wall and a narrow bridge will take you across the Pit arm of Lake Shasta. From the end of the bridge, you have 0.6 miles to go. Look for a pullout on the left side of the road. There may have been a sign here at one point but all I found was a small metal post on a block of concrete.

Climbing Mt.Shasta(Spring-Fall)(Advanced): Mt. Shasta is located 4 hours from the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Currently, there is no quota system for Mt. Shasta and reservations are not required. You may arrive and climb on any date you wish. Please keep in mind that weekends during the climbing season are extremely busy. If possible, try to plan your trip for mid-week in order to help minimize human impact on the fragile mountain environment and to enhance your wilderness experience and the experience of other climbers. group size is limited to ten persons in a party. No dogs allowed. Each person entering the wilderness will need to fill out their own individual Wilderness Permit. If you are climbing above 10,000 feet, you will also need a Summit Pass. For more information please visit their website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/stnf/home/?cid=stelprdb5353013

McCloud River Falls Trail (Spring-Fall)(Beginner): This trail is located in Mt.Shasta and is a total distance of 4 miles (could be further is desired) and passes three waterfalls which end at a lush meadow.  The McCloud River is one of the most scenic and famous waterways. It spreads out beneath the southern foot of Mt. Shasta. A few miles above the Lake McCloud reservoir, the river passes through a deep canyon that contains cooled lava flows, columnar basalt and cliffs composed of tufa. To get to the trail, start at the main intersection in the town of McCloud, drive east on Highway 89 for 5.5 miles. Turn right onto the signed road for the McCloud River Loop. Continue for 0.7 miles. Stay right at the first intersection (turning left leads to Middle and Upper Falls). Pass the Fowlers Camp campground and turn left into the signed parking lot for the Lower Falls picnic area.
Trinity Alps Wilderness(Spring-Fall)(Beginner): The area contains the Wild and Scenic Trinity River in the south and the Wild and Scenic Salmon River in the north. Numerous rushing streams feed into these rivers, many of them emerging from the region’s 55 lakes. Black bears are common (despite the name, they’re often colored brown or blond), sharing the area with an abundance of other wildlife species. Here visitors can also enjoy horse riding, Nature viewing, and Hiking. Enjoy Hidden Lake, Caribou Lake, Siligo Peak, Canyon Creek, Granite Lake, Horseshoe Lake, Morris Meadows, North Fork Coffee Creek, and Big Bear Lake!

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ACTIVITY:

Hiking, Trails, Mountain Roads, Camping, Fishing, Nature Walks, Cross-country Skiing, Snow Tubing, Snowshoeing

Difficulty:

Beginner, Advanced

SEASON:

Spring, Summer, Fall

How to Get There

Redding Municipal Airport is a little less than 3 hours away from Shasta-Trinity Forest. Take Interstate 5 North to CA-44 in Redding, then take CA-299 West to Hobo Gulch Rd in Trinity County, turn right onto E Fork Rd and take a slight left onto Hobo Gulch Rd.

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Family friendly hangout with spectacular mountain view!

Rating: 5/5 (1reviews)

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Peaceful condo with views of MAGICAL Mt Shasta and a short stroll to town

Rating: 5/5 (3reviews)

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My home is situated on 2 acres in a quiet setting 5 miles from Mount Shasta.

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Amazing Log Cabin with Breathtaking Views

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A Unique Home, 5 Minute Walk To Town But Feels Secluded

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*CHARMING COTTAGE DOWNTOWN MT SHASTA BEST LOCATION/REVIEWS/PRICE/ACCOMMODATIONS

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Voted #1:Awesome Mountain View; pond; Private yet close to town!. Clean & sunny

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Cozy And Romantic Mt. Shasta Getaway-- Hot Tub And Sauna

Rating: 5/5 (20reviews)

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Additional Logding Options

Best Western Plus Tree house (111 Morgan Way, I-5 and Lake Street, Mount Shasta, CA 96067)
Website: http://book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/US/CA/Mount-Shasta-hotels/BEST-WESTERN-PLUS-Tree-House/Hotel-Overview.do?propertyCode=05243&iata=00170230&sob=TRIPHWS&cm_mmc=BL-_-TRIP-_-TRIPHWS-_-GENERAL
Phone: +1 855-679-3253

Mount Shasta Resort (1000 Siskiyou Lake Blvd, Mount Shasta, CA 96067)
Website: http://www.mountshastaresort.com/
Phone: (530)285-2520

Dining

Maruti restaurant (530 Chestnut, Mount Shasta, CA 96067)
Website: http://www.maruti-restaurant.com/
Phone: (530)918-9399

Lily’s (1013 S Mt Shasta Blvd, Mt Shasta, CA 96067)
Website: http://www.lilysrestaurant.com/menu/
Phone: (530)926-3372

Black Bear Diner (401 W Lake St, Mount Shasta, CA 96067-2122)
Website: https://blackbeardiner.com/
Phone: (530)926-4669

Tours

Tributary Whitewater Tours
Website: https://whitewatertours.com/main-trinity-river/
Phone: (800)672-3846

Lake Shasta Caverns
Website: http://lakeshastacaverns.com/
Phone: (800)795-2283

Scenic Tours (Mt.Shasta)
Website: http://visitmtshasta.com/activities/scenic-tours/
Phone: (530)926-4511

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