Explore the most popular wildlife trails in Shasta-Trinity National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This trail was definitely a beautiful hike. The view is amazing, and even the trail is pretty. However, many parts of the trail are overgrown, several times we almost got off track. It sincerely is all uphill climb. And just when you reach the top and think the hard work is done, remember that the sharp inclines you came up, you have to be careful and engaged on the way down.
Loved the hike and glad we did it. Definitely caught off guard at just how hard it was. If you like a challenge, this hikes for you!

Beautiful. Your walking through the campground on an asphalt trail for a good portion. Then you hit middle falls and your reminded why you go hiking. I was trying out a new loaded backpack and it was a good length to get my first idea of what the pack would feel like. Upper falls is a great place to just sit and feel the power of the river just before it plummets. Trail is wide and popular.

Awesome trail! Be careful and make sure that the bridges are installed on the west side. There are no warnings.

Watch for snakes!

beautiful falls that were not too difficult to find. The trail continued past the actual falls but didnt go that far today.

The secrets out for this area, try and check it out early in the spring, there’s an abundance of wildflowers and wild onion that grow in the meadows.

hiking
11 days ago

How can you beat a view overlooking a gorgeous mountain lake and Mount Shasta?! You can’t! Absolutely beautiful area, and a great hike!

Usually a VERY busy place, but it’s a beautiful hike! Definitely recommend going, try to sneak up for a sunrise or sunset!

Road up to the falls is a little iffy (at least when I went) but definitely cute little falls!

Amazing hike with unreal views. Not to hard ether! Trail is horribly marked

This was an amazing place! We hiked up and camped next to the lake. The bullfrogs were pretty noisy until 2 am. But the views were spectacular!

hiking
12 days ago

Past Bunny Flat and to all but the end of Everitt Memorial Highway on Mt. Shasta, this is a short out and back through the meadows near the lower parking area for the Old Ski Bowl. Great view of the mountain from here. Good information on visiting Panther Meadows: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/stnf/home/?cid=stelprdb5360169

Great hike. Start at the lower falls and work your way up. Watch for lizards and squirrels. Middle falls is the most spectacular in my opinion - the water is still pretty cold, but you can go for a swim there.

hiking
13 days ago

Really great hike! Took about 3.5 hours to get to the top, and 1.5 hours to get down. Great scenery once you get to the top. This trail is a definite butt kicker though; your calfs will be burning pretty much from the start to the peak.

Tough but worth it

Hiked (in some snow) December 2017. From what the Shasta Ranger Station says, the road up to Castle Lake is usually well maintained during winter months. The hike itself is short and moderately steep. We saw folks ice skating on Heart Lake with views that were incredible. At Heart Lake, we ventured another 10minutes through a roughly established trail (through a few bushes) up the side of the hill to a vantage point that looked down on Castle Lake, Heart Lake, and out across the valley towards Mt. Shasta. The extra 10min journey upwards definitely recommended.

backpacking
1 month ago

Very difficult uphill battle but absolutely gorgeous along the way. Definitely worth it. Tons of wildflowers, and changes in scenery. Waterfalls, snow, fields of flowers, giant trees and granite peaks surrounding you. There were many switchbacks and intense elevation gain but the trail was well marked.

Not easy to find but worth it when we finally did! Follow Ney Springs Rd. Park at the first turnout on the left and walk up the road to the right. If you’ve reached the bridge you’ve gone too far. There are no trail markers! Walk up to the right, the creek will be on your left. You will see some ruins from the old Ney Springs Resort on your right...almost there! When it starts getting steep veer to your left, climb down the rocks and behold Faery Falls!

Don't try to use the alltrails app to get directions to this trail. It took me to a completely different, sketchy area behind some peoples houses. There was a trail back there but it was not maintained very well. I still got a hike in but it was a lot more strenuous than I was planning.

hiking
1 month ago

The 1st half of this trail is awesomely beautiful and goes to a stream that runs into the lake in a nice little cove. The next section that goes away from the water and off into the woods is great. The last 1/2 mile+ is pathetic and is on a road uphill back to the TH. The trail is in excellent shape with a few small trees down and a rock that are all easily passed.

The best option for this trail would be an out and back to where the trail turns up and away from the lake shore. If I had done it as mentioned I would have rated it a 5 instead of a weak 4... I'm surprised this trail was approved because of the road portion of the hike.

At the TH make sure to take the fork to the the right with the signage.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike. Did this two days ago with my dog after a snow storm the night before.

Beautiful and awe inspiring! The waterfalls were really flowing with all the melted snow. It also lightly snowed during our hike which created a storybook magical scene. The trail was pretty well kept as well so you could focus on the beauty around you. 10/10 would visit again

Snow has the road to Falls rather challenging to say the least. Lots of deep snow ... no clearance. hard ... need a 4x4 and good tires!

I love this trail. I hike it at least once a month. Can be hiked year round, but lots of snow right now (March.)

hiking
2 months ago

Is a permit required for camping?

Little hard to find if you don’t know where you’re going. Don’t let the steepness intimidate you. this is by far the best view you can get of surrounding areas without that much difficulty. From above heart lake you can see Mt. Shasta, Black Butte, Mt. Ashland (far distance) and then if you look hard enough you can even spot Mt. Lassen and the Crags. You have to climb above heart lake up on the ridge to see this but honestly everything here is absolutely GORGEOUS.

Great hike with my dog! Didn’t see many other people, and the view of Castle Lake from Heart Lake is amazing. Be careful if you come in the winter, as the snow and ice makes this more of a “hard” hike than “moderate”. The trail was packed down so snowshoes aren’t necessary (as mentioned in another review). There’s a small stream to cross at the beginning, with a precarious piece of plywood over it, so be prepared for that.

hiking
2 months ago

If you're heading north on CA highway 3, drive 9.4 miles past the Rush Creek Road intersection. Granite Peak road is what you're looking for- a dirt road that will be on your left, across from BushyTail campground. Take this dirt road for about 3 miles (avoid turning on smaller logging turnoffs) until you dead end into the trail head.

The hike itself is splendidly steep, the first mile is foreshadowing for the remainder of the ascent. Switchbacks lead up through a beautiful forest.

The views become more enjoyable on the final 1/3 of the ascent. We hiked through patchy snow for the final 0.75 miles (in February, of an unseasonably warm year.)

Portions of the trail are a bit difficult to follow, especially on the second half of the ascent.

Views from the top include Mt Shasta (northeast), Lassen (east), a great view of the Trinity Alps, Shasta Bally (southeast in whiskey town), and Bully Choop (south).

A great intro to Trinity Alps hiking, as many of the other Trinity hikes are upwards of 14 miles.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy hike with views to the northwest, southwest, south and east and the treat of a lake at the end. A regular for the Siskiyou Wanderers, often in winter or spring.

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