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walking
20 days ago

Great Trail. Slightly Challenging. If your not used to the altitude it will be even more of a challenge. Trail not marked and it can be easy to stray. Just stay on the rocky path and follow other hikers. Once you reach Heart Lake, you can continue west up on the ridge to get an AMAZING view of Mt Shasta and the surrounding area. Stay positive.

Took children all the way up to Heart Lake from Castle Lake. The hike was full of beautiful views!

Watch your footing! Pick your way up to the top of the ridge for great views of Castle Crags.

on Black Butte

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing 360 views!

on Lake Siskiyou Trail

hiking
2 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.

This is a gorgeous hike, the view is incredible!

hiking
3 months ago

Train your face off! I once climbed via Avalanche Gulch using crampons and axe. This was far preferable over my second trip in the late Summer, climbing via Clear Creek. We never hit snow, so the crampons and axe were just extra weight in my pack. The loose skree/sand/gravel made for the ol' one step up-half step back climb. It was kinda miserable.

mountain biking
3 months ago

Stopping to hike around Mt. Shasta wasn’t on my itinerary but I’m glad I did. I started on the Gray Butte trail since this was the only trail I had knowledge of. Nice hike offering some amazing views of Mt. Shasta and the surrounding landscape. A little rocky and steep towards the top of the peak but definitely worth the effort. After working my way back down my curiosity of the South Gate Meadows (another name for this is Squaw Meadows apparently) trail got to me so I took off that way. Not having researched this trail I slowed my pace a little. Some great variations on this hike with a good portion out in the open. Upon arriving at the South Gate Meadows I was introduced to a fast moving stream pushing its way through the land. After looking around I realized I had worked my way around to the far side of Mt. Shasta and another great view. I headed back the way I came and to the Panther Meadows campground. I spent about three hours on roughly six and half miles of trail. Still unfamiliar with these Nor-Cal hikes but I saw enough to convince me to come back.

It was nice and fun for an easy hike with beautiful views!

I recommend this hike for its views of Mt Shasta. As for Heart Lake it is beautiful a must see.

The Panther meadows are beautiful and extremely easy to hike. After that you are left with a whole nothing to do. I ended up by hiking towards the summit and reached the snow (maybe by green butte?) Only on my way down I realized there was a trail coming from the last (highest) car parking.

Be careful with the above descriptions. The first one is the correct one. The second is for HART lake, not HEART lake.
The views from the top are spectacular but the trail is not easy to follow. I got lost as well as everybody else coming up the trail because it suddenly vanishes in the rocks. Just keep on going in the same direction. The lake is directly above Castle Lake.

backpacking
4 months ago

Great climb, technical

4 months ago

GO TO SHASTA CITY - trailhead is hard to find otherwise. You can follow GPS directions from there -- otherwise, you will find dead ends from exits more north.