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Mount Shasta Mine Loop Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near French Gulch, California that features a river. The trail is rated as moderate and offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.9 mi Elevation gain 538 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Cave

Forest

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Getting There

All paved road to a large gravel parking lot. Has vault bathrooms.

Starting at the Whiskeytown Visitor Center, drive south on Kennedy Memorial Drive towards Whiskeytown Dam. The road forks. Take the left fork which becomes Paige Bar Road. Do not take the right fork over the dam. The trailhead and parking lot are about one mile farther on the left, across from Peltier Valley Road.

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Holly Shingleton
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Hiking

Great hike! Near the streams and you can hear frogs croaking! There is a small waterfall area, very pretty. A ton of wild flowers. Hike is 3.1 miles around the loop though.

Wendy Rehberg
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Hiking

Great hike. Good trail for dogs. Wild flowers are plentiful right now. Trail a bit rough in some areas- wear good shoes. Well marked.

Anna Sylke
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HikingRocky

If you’re thinking about going soon, go!! The flowers are absolutely breathtaking

Daphne Wood
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Hiking

Great hike! Beautiful views and wild flowers sprinkled everywhere!

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Leslie Hall
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Walking

April 8, 2020. Several small creeks crossed path, but easily avoided. Due to burned trees there were clear views of Shasta Bally, Little Bally, Kanaka Peak, Mule Mountain, and Whiskeytown Lake.

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Leslie Hall
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HikingBlowdown

About five logs to step over on trail, but completely doable. Due to fire, the views of the lake and dam are great. Forgot to pause my recording at the end of the hike. We did NOT go 19 miles!

Danielle Boatwright
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HikingRocky

Great trail! There were some downed trees but nothing you cant hop or go around. I loved the creaks that ran through beautiful rock formations. absolutely beautiful even in the burn scar.

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Elizabeth C.
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Hiking

A few trees are down from snow, so watch your step, but the scenery is enjoyable. The mine is pleasant, just don’t get too close.

Veronica Del Toro
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Hiking

Trees are down and trail is rocky for feet , but beautiful zigzag waterfall and mine shafts to pass as you hike.

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JoLi Willis
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HikingOver grownRocky

We did it counterclockwise (starting to the right of the parking lot). As it was mentioned before, the first 1/3 of the trail is not very exciting (desolation after the fire) and there are two dozen fallen trees blocking it. It is only when one reaches the Mount Shasta mine that the surroundings become more lush and the little creeks bring more life to the trail (even though we didn’t see a single sign of wildlife). In the second half of the trail, the terrain becomes steeper.. Ah, by the way, we're used to paying $10 for parking (daily) in most state parks in California, but Whiskeytown charges $25 per week (there's no daily pass), which was a bummer. It’s still an interesting hike

Brendon Garcia
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Overall good trail for me and my dog. Not a great trail for running, very rocky. There were a few downed trees blocking the trail, but easy to get around.

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Davey W.
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HikingNo shadeRocky
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Felicia Kelly
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Hiking

Great trail. Beautiful views even after the CARR Fire. Found lots of old cans and pieces of old homes now that the foliage has all been cleared out. There's a cool old miners camp site and dump site. the mines were full of water too. The trail goes behind the Whiskeytown Cemetery as well.

Sage Tueller
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Be careful if you have a dog. no shade. had to carry my guy on my shoulders the ground was so hot, he threw up due to the heat. pretty views.

Nicki Crain
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Hiking

Explored this trail on an overcast day with a friend and we were not disappointed! I would call this a moderate trail but the worst of it was at the beginning (we went counterclockwise) where it was narrow and rutted out. There were so many little mines and areas to pop down by the creek that we spent hours exploring this trail. What a gem! It might be miserable in the middle of a hot summer day (burned trees = no shade in some areas), but if you hit it early or late enough and in spring or fall, this is a great adventure. I can't wait to take my kids out on it!

Dietrich S
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HikingWashed out

Been on this trail a few times and just went out recently after the fire and it’s still a pretty trail but a lot of the trail is washed out making this a short but rough trail.

jeni Baca
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HikingBugsRocky
Torynne Hart
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Hiking

Still a beautiful hike after the Carr Fire. Little pops of green growing up through the ashes leading up to the mine, then we were surrounded with wild flowers the rest of the way. Multiple springs for the pup to drink out of, but we still gave her water because it was so warm. Saw a couple of trail runners and 2 others who came to see the flowers. Very peaceful, and a good way to get the heart rate up after not exercising all winter :)

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Brittany Beller
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HikingRocky
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BRANDY H.
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HikingBugsMuddyRockyScrambleWashed out

Very Nice hike. Beautiful even after the Carr Fire. A lot of new growth in the burnt trees.

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Justine Wyngaarden
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Hiking

Eerie and beautiful.

Larae Gerhardt
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HikingMuddyRocky

Great loop. Unexpected “creek crossings” and downed trees due to recent snow. Tad bit of obstacle course at times. Prepare for possible wet feet and adventure hiking. Beautiful Mountain and lake views, as well as creeks and pools. Even small “Waterfall”.

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