Lake Siskiyou Trail

EASY 14 reviews
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Lake Siskiyou Trail is a 6.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mt Shasta, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.5 miles 499 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

This trail circles Lake Siskiyou with several trail heads around the perimeter of the lake. The bridges across the Sacramento River where it enters the lake are removed for winter typically in October and reinstalled in May or June. Bridge status is posted at: http://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/content/general-services-flood-control-water-conservation-district.

walking
25 days ago

hiking
3 months ago

Awesome easy hike around lake sis. Had to get off the trail quite a bit to stay near the water, so it ended up being almost 8 miles for us.

mountain biking
4 months ago

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike for our first time using a child hiking pack with our 13 month old. We counted 7.0 miles because we got a little off the path at the end near the camping grounds and it took us around 3 hours to complete (with a few snack breaks too). Will definitely do it again!

hiking
5 months ago

Easy, flat. Prettier view is taking a boat or kayak around the lake, but this is also pretty fantastic for taking a leisurely stroll around.

My only beef is the fact that you couldn't cross over where the Sacramento River is flowing into the lake. So currently, there is no way around the whole trail. If you're going to do it while the river is up, just stay to the right of the marina. Otherwise, you're not going to get very far. It was also cold when we went, so that's why we were not going to walk through the river to get to the other side. If it is warm enough, and you are willing to take your shoes off, would probably be quite refreshing.

Can't really complain about the river flowing, though, considering the drought we've had for years. So, I'll take it! Just a warning to others, though, try to stay to the right of the marina if Lake is at capacity.

8 months ago

I've gone twice now in different weather. I love this trail. pretty easy. light traffic, dog friendly. great picture opportunities, the whole way around. occasional runners. everyone's respectful. lots of nature viewing.

1 year ago

Wonderful. 6.8 mile scenic trail around the entire lake. Takes about 2 - 2.5 hours to complete. Very easy. Dogs love it.

road biking
1 year ago

Fun lake trail not too many people. Its just a chill ride, run, or walk around the lake. It's on a dirt trail nothing extreme or hard nice and clean.

hiking
2 years ago

Beautiful views of mountains - easy to moderate hike. took us about 2 hours since we stopped to take many photos!

hiking
3 years ago

This is a great almost 7 mile hike around Lake Siskiyou. The trail is well marked and very easy to navigate. The only trouble spot is crossing the small streams in a couple of spots once they have taken down the temporary bridges for the winter. It is still very cross-able, but just requires a few well place steps on some rocks in the stream. The trail is mostly dirt covered with pine needles or leaves. It goes through a big camping area where you can stop for supplies at the general store. It too was closed for the winter, but during the summer would be open. My wife and I had a great time on this hike. We started at our Chalet at the Mt Shasta Resort and picked up the trail right outside of the resort and it finished back where we started.

hiking
3 years ago

Great trail for most all. Decently well maintained though a few spots are tricky to stay on course. I made it around the lake in 6.6 mi and just over an hour of fun! I would come back to this double wide, even though single track is better. 300ft of gain at 3100 ft above sea level.

hiking
4 years ago

This trail originally read 4.4 miles, but that's just the south trail...add the 9 miles North Trail and you've got yourself a 3-4 hour trip around depending on your pace. We weren't really planning on 13.4 miles that day, but we were lucky to stumble upon the Mt Shasta Visitor Center; they have a lovely little trail map with points of interest and locations of picnic spots and bathrooms around the lake as well as a map of some of the alternate routes used, it helped us time ourselves and keep pace. It's very useful so take the time to pick one up. Even if you don't, this trail is super easy with nice variations; shady tree cover, beach, sun, dense pine forest, grassy glens and a few creeks. We could see small clearings and little meadows where wildflowers (tons of Sweet Peas and California Wild Roses!) probably abound, but summer heat made them minimal, there was some dry grass dominating those spaces . Watch for wild blackberries up near W Barr Road and Cold Creek, some right along side the highway, which the trail occasionally runs alongside. We stopped and met many unleashed but friendly dogs; groups of 5-15 people usually siting in beach chairs in clusters at little coves and beaches all around the lake, some with boats anchored off shore. If you have kids and you are capable of teaching them to be quiet, you'll spot many deer, blue jays, chipmunks, birds of prey, and squirrels, the sound of the creeks in proximity is soothing. Take water and snacks or maybe a pack lunch, but know there is a cute little restaurant called Lake Sis Bar and Grill in a geodome type building near the lake's campground and resort center . We stopped in for some soda and they were super friendly, it's on the map provided by the visitor center.

trail running
4 years ago

This trail wraps around the entire lake. Estimation about a 12 mile loop. Scenic views of Mt. Shasta and fairly easy trail make this a great trail for any age.