Location: Mt. Shasta, CA
Duration: 6.5 hours
Users: Hikers and dogs permitted, horses, and mountain bikes permitted. No wheelchair access.
Features: Some of the most beautiful landscapes in the entire world.
Trail: This ten mile trail winds through some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in Northern California, climbing from the canyon of the North Fork of the Sacramento River up into the mountains of the Trinity Divide near Mt. Eddy. It is an area of rugged peaks, emerald green meadows, rushing streams and gorgeous alpine lakes. The Sisson-Callahan National Recreation Trail visits the heart of this country. The entire length of the trail is blessed with stunning views of Mt. Shasta, Mt. Eddy, Castle Crags and the Trinity Alps. It’s one my absolute favorite places in all of California.
To Parks Creek Trailhead on the PCT:
From Mount Shasta City, drive north on Interstate 5, through the town of Weed. Exit at the Edgewood/Stewart Springs exit. Turn left and drive under the freeway, then turn right onto Old Stage/ Old 99. Continue north for a couple hundred yards and then turn left onto Stewart Springs Road. After 4 miles, Forest Service Road 17 splits off to the right. Follow this road to the Parks Creek trailhead.
To the North Fork Trailhead:
From the town of Mt. Shasta, head west on W. Lake, crossing over I-5. At the stop sign, turn left onto Old Stage Road. After 0.25 miles, veer right onto WA Barr Road. Continue south through the stop sign and turn right onto North Shore Road. Paved at first, the road soon turns to gravel. Stay on the road for 4.5 miles, passing Lake Siskiyou and crossing over the wooden bridge that spans Deer Creek. After 4.5 miles, turn left onto the rough dirt road and continue for 0.25 miles to the large clearing. Park here and continue down the road for 100 yards to the trailhead.
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